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School’s Out for Summer!


By Alicia Dziak The finals, field trips and end-of-year celebrations have come to an end, and now it’s time to embark on that wonderful summer vacation adventure! After nine months of note taking, test taking, studying and homework, it’s time for some fun, and there’s plenty to do to keep everyone busy from now until September. Now open daily throughout ... Read More »

Sky High’s Gem Mining Grand Opening June 23

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By Alicia Dziak If panning for treasures sounds like fun, check out the all-new Mister Happy Gem Mining Company at Holiday Valley’s Sky High. Located at the base of the mountain near the Tannenbaum lift, this activity is geared toward kiddos as young as two, and the experience mimics old fashioned panning for gold. Each miner purchases a bag of ... Read More »

Red House Lake to Reopen for Swimming and Summer Recreation

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By Alicia Dziak Good news for those heading to Red House to celebrate the end of the school year. The lake will soon reopen to swimmers, kayakers and everyone looking to spend their summer near the water. According to Allegany State Park park manager Tom Livak, “All critical concrete work on the Red House dam spillway area has been completed ... Read More »

Happy Mudsliding!


By Alicia Dziak It’s Mudslide Weekend in Ellicottville, and you know what that means…runners, obstacles, plenty of mud and loads of crazy fun! On Saturday, June 16, the annual Mudslide returns to the slopes of Holiday Valley, bringing competitors of all ages and abilities. Heck, you might also see Superman or Big Foot out on the course! Racers get a ... Read More »

50 Outdoor Concerts

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By Alicia Dziak Outdoor concert season is here in WNY! Whether you like your music on the country, rock, hip hop or throwback side, there’s something for everyone. Ellicottville’s Summer Music Festival is coming to Holiday Valley June 29-July 1. On Friday, June 29, Michael Glabicki, the lead singer of Rusted Root, and his new band, Uprooted, will take to ... Read More »

Barnwood Painting Part of This Weekend’s Relay


By Alicia Dziak On Saturday, June 9, Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, returns to the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley. Relay is no longer held in Springville like it once was, Little Valley is now the closest event of its kind. What exactly is the Relay for Life? It’s a team fundraising event ... Read More »

Ready, Set … Mud!


By Alicia Dziak In the mood for some friendly competition? How about a chairlift ride, some snowmakers, a bunch of fun obstacles, lots of laughs, and oh yeah, did we mention MUD? It’s all back and it’s better than ever as the Holiday Valley Mudslide returns on Saturday, June 16. What sets the Mudslide apart from other area obstacle races? ... Read More »

Plan Your June Adventure in Ellicottville


By Alicia Dziak It’s June in Ellicottville, which means anything you want it to mean! Golf, music, pool time, runs and so much more can all be yours this month. Read on for some ideas, and be sure to have your pen handy to mark those calendars! Holiday Valley is in full swing this time of year. Get your golf ... Read More »

Relay for Life Returns to Fairgrounds June 9


By Alicia Dziak Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer, and as researchers across the country continue to work toward finding a cure, fundraising efforts become increasingly important. On Saturday, June 9, Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, returns to the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley. While this event was held ... Read More »

Summer Camp Guide: Sports Camps

By Alicia Dziak As the countdown to summer vacation begins, ‘tis the season for parents to think about how their kids will be filling those long summer days. For many, various camps offer a worthwhile way for kids to explore their interests. This week, check out some local places that offer camps for the sports enthusiasts in your life. Sahlen’s ... Read More »

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