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My First Black Friday An Ellicottville Student’s Trek through a Capitalist Wasteland

By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter After two months of pure scholastic stress and turmoil, the Thanksgiving break arrived like an angel from the heavens. I all-too-willingly succumbed to the holiday’s tantalizing call, sentencing myself to days of procrastination and idleness. Though I had an exam to study for and a mountain of applications to complete, I dedicated myself to something ... Read More »

Ellicottville Engineering Department makes large strides

By Caitlin Croft The town of Ellicottville’s engineering department has been busy this past month, undergoing a review of the current Town and Village permit applications, forms and rate structure. The current rates and forms hadn’t been updated in years. To streamline the application process and increase efficiency, the department has consolidated the existing forms so they are identical for ... Read More »

Enjoy Peak Leaf Season


By Alicia Dziak This weekend marks the peak of the season as the leaves on the trees boats brilliant shades of gold, crimson, copper and more before they fall to the ground. Grab your camera and plan to take in some fresh air as you enjoy the sights and sounds that make autumn in Western New York so memorable. Don’t ... Read More »

Ellicottville Fall Fest

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By Alicia Dziak It’s here! Ellicottville’s Fall Festival takes over this weekend and you won’t want to miss the fun in the village and on the slopes.  This weekend, Oct. 6-7, EVL’s biggest and oldest festival of the year is back, complete with music, races, rides, food, arts and crafts and endless fall fun. Started in 1975 as a way ... Read More »


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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 »

‘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

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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 »

Ski Tuning Made Easy at MSG

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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 »

Get Your Scare on Nightmare Hayrides


By Rich Place As Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street celebrates 28 years, it continues to find new and innovative ways to scare the many attendees that come by year after year. This year is no exception, with a new feature to be added out on the hayride. But don’t except to know what it is before you ride, says Karen ... Read More »

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