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How Will You Welcome 2017?

By Jann Wiswall Ellicottville is the perfect place to celebrate the new year. With two ski areas, a bounty of restaurants, great shopping and spas, a picturesque village and gorgeous scenery everywhere you look, you can customize your celebration in an endless number of ways. The biggest New Year’s Eve party in town is at Holiday Valley Resort, where thousands ... Read More »

EBC Expanding to Little Valley

Receives State Funding, IDA Tax Breaks By Jann Wiswall The NYS Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded $600,000 to Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) for its expansion into Little Valley, where the company plans to locate a brewing and bottling facility in the Village of Little Valley for the company’s growing domestic and international market. And, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the ... Read More »

Village/Town Seeking Consolidation Grant

By Jann Wiswall Village of Ellicottville Mayor John Burrell reported that the town and village are working with the state to apply for a grant to study the feasibility of consolidating the town and village water and sewer districts and to create a Director of Public Works (DPW) position to manage the newly-formed department. The consolidation idea is being investigated ... Read More »

Where’s Your Christmas Tree?

By Jann Wiswall What’s your family’s Christmas tree shopping tradition? Was yours up and decorated by Thanksgiving weekend? Do you have a particular day that you and the kids decorate? Are you a cut-your-own tree or a pre-cut tree family? No matter what your tradition, Cattaraugus County has an abundance of farms and stands that offer just what you need. ... Read More »

Village Readies for Holiday Season, Considers Merging Town/Village Services

By Jann Wiswall The Village of Ellicottville is installing new lights along its streets in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. The lighting was designed by Doug Sitler, the artist behind the popular NIGHT LIGHTS installations. Mayor John Burrell said the lights were purchased on the Village’s behalf by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. The Village Christmas tree, to be ... Read More »

Brogcinski, Simon Receive NYCOM Public Service Certificates

Former Village of Ellicottville Board Member Robert Brogcinski and former Village Attorney Robert Simon were awarded Certificates of Public Service by the New York Conference of Mayors for their many years of service to their communities. Brogcinski served the village in several capacities, including Deputy Mayor, for 32 years. Simon worked with the board for 27 years. Village Mayor John ... Read More »

Kick Off the Holidays with Christmas in Ellicottville

By Jann Wiswall For most people, the Thanksgiving weekend is all about family, and there’s no better place for families than in the charming village of Ellicottville, where the Chamber of Commerce pulls out all the stops to welcome visitors of every age to spend some quality time and mark the start of the Christmas season. The Chamber has been ... Read More »

Bob McCarthy’s Legacy Lives On, Rotary to Host Irish Christmas Dec. 2

By Jann Wiswall Most people who know Ellicottville are lucky enough to have known its favorite Irishman and unofficial ambassador, Bob McCarthy. McCarthy passed away unexpectedly last spring, leaving a hole in many hearts. But he also left a legacy of selfless generosity that the community is determined to keep alive. One of the best known of those legacies is ... Read More »

Mansfield Board Adopts 2017 Budget, 7.8 Percent Tax Increase Tackles ‘Fiscal Stress’

By Jann Wiswall Following a public hearing, the Town of Mansfield’s board unanimously approved a 2017 budget that increases the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value from $4.73 to $5.10, a 7.8 percent increase. This is the first time the Mansfield tax rate has been above $5/$1,000 since 2008. Residents whose homes are assessed at $100,000 should expect ... Read More »

Embracing Change and Growth in Village

By Jann Wiswall Things are always changing, and that is surely the case in Ellicottville, where opportunity, investment and solving problems are part of the fabric of the community. Business Growth The most visible signs of change are in the Village, where three new businesses have opened to great reviews. Monroe Street Brick & Brew, a new brick-oven, gourmet pizza ... Read More »

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