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Rusty Nickel to rock Balloons this Friday

By Kellen M. Quigley Those stopping into Balloons Restaurant & Night Club this Friday should prepare for a night of diverse rock with “a little bit of an edge” as Rusty Nickel will be performing in Ellicottville for the first time. Formed in August of 2017, Rusty Nickel is made up of Joe Marciniak, Steve Mineo, Sal Barone, Chris Lepovich ... Read More »

It’s all in the family The family-operated Ulinger’s Maple Farm hosts open house during Maple Weekends

By Deb Everts Spring is here, the sap is running and the evaporator at Ulinger’s Maple Farm, in East Otto, is boiling away. The sweet aroma from the boiling process is irresistible to visitors who have come to learn all about maple syrup production. The Ulinger family kicked off Maple Weekend March 23–24 and will continue to host their open ... Read More »

Ashford syrup producers gear up for NY Maple Weekends

By Rick Miller The first maple sap was a long time coming this season. Cold temperatures locked the sap in the trees. Last week, Brandon Blesy boiled his first run of sap into delicious amber syrup.  The smell of maple syrup bubbling in the gas-fired evaporator filled the sugar shanty on Henrietta Road in the town of Ashford. Located just ... Read More »

Preparing for annual Maple Weekends as temperatures rise

By Rick Miller Western New York’s Maple Weekends are still a couple of weeks away, but for Sprague’s Maple Farm in Portville, every weekend in March is a maple weekend. Except for the beginning of March, when it was bitterly cold and very windy, owner Randy Sprague said in an interview last week. March 1–3 is the 2019 maple season’s ... Read More »

ECS Drama Club to present ‘Cinderella’ next weekend

By Louisa Benatovich Student Reporter If you’re searching for a pick-me-up in the dull and dreary pre-spring weather, look no further than the Ellicottville Central School musical. This year, the ECS Drama Club is performing a Rogers and Hammerstein classic sure to color the overcast sky. Under the direction of Pat Waldron, ECS students are tackling the glorious challenge of ... Read More »

Mardi Gras, Winter Carnival weekend March 8–10

By Deb Everts Celebrate Ellicottville’s biggest event of the ski season at Winter Carnival weekend featuring the Mardi Gras Parade March 8 through 10. There will be fun for everyone in the village and at Holiday Valley. Barb Pump, events manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, said the Mardi Gras event has been celebrated in Ellicottville for 27 years. ... Read More »

Take part in Mountain Ski Fest on Feb. 8

By Kellen M. Quigley With winter in full swing, temperatures low and snow blowing, February is a great time to experience some outdoor fun at Holiday Valley. On Feb. 8, Mountain Ski Fest will entail a day full of skiing, snowboarding, activities and camaraderie for skiers or riders. What was formerly Mountain Man Day, now all are invited to the ... Read More »

Beat the ‘Winter Blues’ this weekend in Ellicottville

The village of Ellicottville heats up this weekend during Winter Blues Weekend, beginning Friday and going through Sunday. Old Man Winter got you down? Ready to come out of hibernation to hear some great music?  Ellicottville’s many area venues and establishments will have some of the hottest blues musicians on hand to help you climb out of that January funk. ... Read More »

Jewel bringing ‘Handmade Holiday Tour’ to casino

By Deb Everts For a unique concert experience, join Jewel and her family as they perform “Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour” at the Seneca Allegany Events Center at 7 p.m. this Saturday. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, New York Times’ bestselling author and poet kicked off her Holiday Tour last November in Denver, Colo., and she has hit the road again this holiday ... Read More »

Mager Mountain Among Locals Celebrating National Alpaca Farm Days

By Deb Everts Tucked in the hillside on the outskirts of Little Valley is Mager Mountain Alpacas owned by Paul and Sue Mager. They invite the public to visit their farm for National Alpaca Farm Days on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the open house, people can learn all about the ... Read More »

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