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Eagle Scout Builds Map Kiosks on Ellicottville Mountain Bike Trails

By Eva Potter Mountain bikers heading for the hills of Ellicottville will be happy to know there are two new kiosks to help them find their way through the network of area forest trails. Tyler Schmitt, who graduated from Williamsville East, needed a service project last June to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 22 based in Williamsville, ... Read More »

Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Open House

June 11 at the Cooperative Extension Building By Alicia Dziak It shouldn’t be long before walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, runners, cross-country skiers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages will be able to enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape on a network of new multiuse recreation trails and bikeways … but in order for this to happen, the Trail Committee is asking for ... Read More »

Unleash Your Creativity at New Griffis Hill Gardens

By Alicia Dziak When you’re driving north on Route 219, about halfway between Ellicottville and Springville, you will arrive in Ashford. Ahrens Road comes off on the left, leading drivers up a steep country road to one of the area’s most unique places — Griffis Sculpture Park. If you’ve been there before, you’ll probably remember thinking, “Where on earth is ... Read More »

ECS Student Wins Athlete Scholar of the Year

by Alicia Dziak ECS senior, Madison Szpaicher, has a lot to be proud of. After winning WIVB Athlete Scholar of the Month back in December, she was recently named one of only two seniors (one male and one female) across Western New York to win Athlete Scholar of the Year. As part of the award, Madison received $1,500 to put ... Read More »

What To Do in ASP: Letterboxing

By Alicia Dziak ASP recently held its annual GeoBash event, where people from all over gathered to geocache, an activity that involves locating hidden boxes using GPS coordinates. Similar to geocaching, but less high tech, is letterboxing. Letterboxing uses the same idea of searching for secret boxes, but instead of using a GPS to find the boxes, one prints out ... Read More »

Red House Vs. Quaker- What Side Are You On?

By Alicia Dziak Allegany State Park (ASP) is really like two parks in one, as it’s divided into two sides — Red House and Quaker. Regular visitors to the park definitely have a favorite. If you’re not a regular at ASP, how do you know which side would better suit your camping style? The Red House area is centered around ... Read More »

Memorial Day and Camping Make It a Family Tradition

by Alicia Dziak It’s time to dust off that tent, clean out that RV or just throw some sleeping bags in the trunk. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many campers, it marks the beginning of camping season. Western New Yorkers are lucky to have such a variety of campgrounds to choose from. Whether you’re ... Read More »

ASP Takes Measures to Keep Gypsy Moths at Bay

By Alicia Dziak If you’ve been to Allegany State Park recently, you may have noticed masses of tiny caterpillars hanging from cabins, trees and other structures throughout the park. Unfortunately, these are not the caterpillars that will turn into beautiful butterflies come summer. Rather, they are gypsy moths, and they are becoming a problem at the park. “The high population ... Read More »

10th Annual Allegany Adventure Run a Success

10th Annual Allegany Adventure Run a Success by Alicia Dziak The 10th annual Allegany Adventure Run was held on May 4, with lots of sunshine and perfect spring temperatures. Almost 300 runners gathered at the Summit Trailhead in Allegany State Park to compete in a 22K, a 13K and a 6K. The 22K distance is part of the Eastern Grip ... Read More »

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