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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 »

Celebrate the Arts [and Crafts] This Weekend

By Alicia Dziak Fall means festival season, a time to decorate for the changing seasons and get a jump on that holiday shopping. Unique handmade gifts are around every corner, and exploring one of the area’s arts and crafts shows is the ideal way to spend a day. Celebration of the Arts at Nannen Arboretum Sept. 23 Spend an afternoon ... Read More »

Legal Eagles Attend Their First Day of County Government

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By Louisa Benatovich ECS Student Reporter Two Ellicottville students made their first trek to the County Legislative Building on Sept. 12. This building, home to our district attorney Lori Rieman, also houses the prestigious County Government program. Offered as a replacement for ECS’s Participation in Government course, County Government allows students a first-hand view of the Cattaraugus County legal system. ... Read More »

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