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ECS Expects Enrollment Increase

By Jann Wiswall Ellicottville Central School could see an enrollment increase of 40-50 students if this month’s trend continues, Superintendent Mark Ward told the board of education at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9. “We can’t be precise at this stage,” he explained, “but there’s growth both from within and outside the District.” At this point, he said, “we’re expecting ... Read More »

Goodbye Tips Up

By Jann Wiswall Tips Up Restaurant is closing after 36 years and it’s the end of an era, to be sure. For owner Judy Roush, though, it’s also the start of her retirement, and for that she is grateful. “I’ve worked hard all my life, putting in 60-hour weeks at the restaurant. This business is very rewarding, but it also ... Read More »

The Daily Grind

By Jann Wiswall Emma Freeman knows that her new Ellicottville coffee shop is one of the most anticipated openings of the season. She knows that people really miss hanging out at the spot that used to be there – and especially out front at the iconic fire pit that is one of the Village’s most popular gathering places at all ... Read More »

Stillhouse Brewpub Approval Slated for August

Planning Board Reviews EVGV Trailhead By Jann Wiswall Review of plans for the Stillhouse Brewpub and Distillery was hung up by procedural issues and it will take another month before the town planning board can approve it. At its July 25 meeting, Town Planner Gary Palumbo explained that the county planning board must approve the project before the town planning ... Read More »

It’s Never Too Soon to Talk Pumpkinville

By Jann Wiswall If you’re from these parts, you know it’s never too soon to start thinking about what the masters of fall fun over at Pumpkinville have in store this year. For owners Dan and Diane Pawlowski, coming up with new ideas is the very best part of the business. This year, Dan Pawlowski announces that a train engine ... Read More »

Town Board Acts on Zoning Amendments

By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville’s board authorized Town Planner Gary Palumbo to complete a State Environmental Quality Review for the town’s amended zoning law (Local Law No. 4 – 2016, Zoning Law Amendment) and to send the documentation to the county for its review. This followed a public hearing during which no comments were heard. Town Planning Board ... Read More »

School Board Organizes for 2016

By Jann Wiswall The Ellicottville Central School’s board officially began its 2016-2017 term on Wednesday, July 13 with a reorganizational meeting that included officer elections. Carl Calarco, who earned another five year term on the board during the May District election, was unanimously elected by the board to serve as its president for another year.  Connie Hellwig was unanimously elected ... Read More »

Mansfield Board Considers Cyber Coverage, Addresses Fiscal Stress

By Jann Wiswall The Town of Mansfield’s board renewed its municipal insurance policy at its meeting on Monday, July 18, and is considering adding cyber coverage to protect residents’ data. The approved policy covers all town property, employee benefits, equipment, vehicles, crime and public official liability. The cost of the annual policy is up $393 over last year, primarily because ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Martha St. Renovation

By Jann Wiswall Following a public hearing on the matter, the Village Planning Board approved a special use permit for attorney Clayton Silvernail’s renovation of the former Agway property at 11 Martha Street. Silvernail plans to convert the building into three professional offices. The board and the new village planner, Gary Palumbo, noted that the building is a pre-existing, non-conforming ... Read More »

Extra $90K in Engineering Fees Requested

By Jann Wiswall The Village board had a long and detailed discussion with Village Engineer Mike Smith about settling the final bills on the wastewater treatment plant at its meeting on Monday, July 11. While there are still some tasks to be completed, Smith explained that the general contractor and electrical contractor were proposing some change orders. Those orders, totaling ... Read More »

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