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42DN Auction Exceeds Expectations

  More than 50 Percent Reserved By Jann Wiswall A dozen or so potential buyers, realtors and observers gathered on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the entrance to the future 42 Degrees North (42DN) four-season resort off Poverty Hill Road for an auction of 24 lots for future single-family homes. Going into the auction, Cash Cunningham of Cash Realty and Auctions, ... Read More »

New Hires Are Top Priority for Town

By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville’s board met Wednesday, Dec. 16 with a full agenda and several key staff positions to fill. Board member Steve Crowley reported that the interview committee to find a replacement for retiring Town Planner Carol Horowitz met this week and will interview two of three companies that submitted proposals to perform the work. The ... Read More »

Village Board Carries Issues into 2016

By Jann Wiswall Discussion at the Dec. 14 Village Board meeting centered around ongoing issues that will carry into the new year, including brush removal violations, trash problems and the proliferation of sandwich board signs in the commercial district. The board continues to debate how best to enforce its law that residents and visitors are, themselves, responsible for the proper ... Read More »

Win-Sum Seeks Tax Relief from IDA

  By Jann Wiswall Win-Sum Ski Corporation, the corporate parent of Holiday Valley Ski Resort, has applied for NYS State Sales Tax Abatement and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) benefits from the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) for its purchase and renovation of the former Burger King Property on Route 219 at the intersection with Holiday Valley Road. ... Read More »

Robbery Thwarted by Churchgoers

By Jann Wiswall A Sunday morning mass at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church is hardly the place or time one would expect regular citizens to thwart an attempted robbery, but that’s exactly what happened on Nov. 29 when Barbara Ward noticed a stranger entering the church through a side door and heading to the sacristy. She alerted her husband, ... Read More »

EFD Launching Teen Explorer Program

By Jann Wiswall The Ellicottville Fire Department (EFD) is looking for interested boys and girls ages 13-15 to become members of the newly formed EFD Explorer Program. The program got off the ground when Zachary Golley (age 15) and Kyle Germain (age 14) asked their parents if they could tag along on some of their fire department calls. Those parents, ... Read More »

Scholar-Athletes Hamilton, Lapi, Zlockie Named ECS MVPs

  By Jann Wiswall “You are learning the skills you need to be successful in life,” said ECS Athletic Director Karl Schwartz as he began the awards presentations to the Ellicottville/West Valley volleyball and soccer teams during the Sports Banquet held at ECS on Monday, Nov. 23. And, perhaps, the most important point he made was that more than half ... Read More »

Absentee Votes Decide County Clerk, EVL Supervisor Races

  Democrats Bernstein, McAndrew Win By Jann Wiswall If you don’t think your vote counts, look no further than Ellicottville and Cattaraugus County for proof that it does. Following the general election on Nov. 3, a number of races were too close to call and hinged on an official count of absentee ballots. In the County, the race for county ... Read More »

Christmas in Ellicottville: Not Just a Day, But a Season

  By Jann Wiswall The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce has begun actively promoting “Christmas in Ellicottville” as a season-long event to all of its thousands and thousands of followers. But don’t worry. All your favorite celebrations and activities will continue. “This is a way to effectively communicate a whole month of activities – whether sponsored by the Chamber or other ... Read More »

McAndrew Defeats Burrell

    Four Votes, One Winner By Jann Wiswall Matt McAndrew has won the election for Ellicottville Town Supervisor by four votes. The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections confirmed the news on Tuesday, Nov. 17 after counting the 25 absentee ballots that kept the results of the Nov. 3 general election in limbo. The final count was McAndrew 217, Burrell ... Read More »

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