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Quilts of Honor to Salute EVL Veteran Alan Brown

By Jann Wiswall On Tuesday, July 12, the national volunteer organization, Quilts of Honor, will present a handmade quilt to Tom Brown, father of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Alan Brown, who died in 2014 at age 23 after returning home from two tours in Afghanistan. Quilts of Honor’s countless volunteers stitch quilts as a “universal symbol and token of thanks, ... Read More »

In EVL, Investment is the Word

By Jann Wiswall Ellicottville is known as a community that bounces back. That’s because savvy business owners and investors know that what’s working in Ellicottville is stronger than one relatively snow-less season. This is a community that has been working to draw people to visit – and live here – year-round. So it’s no surprise to see a growth and ... Read More »

ECS Superintendent’s Contract Extended

Board Preps for September By Jann Wiswall It may be the last week of school before summer break, but the ECS Board is solidly focused on the 2016-17 school year. Among the motions made at the Tuesday, June 21 board meeting was a proposal from board chair Carl Calarco to extend the contract of Superintendent Mark J. Ward through June ... Read More »

Mansfield Board Signs Shared Services Contract

By Jann Wiswall The Mansfield board approved the renewal of a contract between the town and Cattaraugus County for shared highway services. The five-year contract is a standard agreement that allows the town and county to work together to borrow or share equipment and materials without needing to draw up individual highway project agreements. Most municipalities have shared services contracts ... Read More »

Village Board Hears Residents’ Requests, Creates 12 Public Parking Spots

By Jann Wiswall Several Village residents had the floor for the first hour of the Village Board meeting on Monday, June 13. First up was the Ellicottville Fire Department (EFD), which was represented by department member (and Village Mayor) John Burrell. Burrell said the EFD would like the Village to adopt the same language for its law regarding residential fire/burglar ... Read More »

Town Board Approves Joint Programs with Village

By Jann Wiswall Following a public hearing at its Wednesday, June 15 meeting, the Town of Ellicottville’s board passed a local law permitting the board to override the tax levy limit for fiscal year 2017. The board does not intend to take this action, but the step was taken in case of emergency. The Town and Village, which already share ... Read More »

Village Planning Board Welcomes Palumbo

By Jann Wiswall The Village Planning Board welcomed its new village planner, Gary Palumbo, at is meeting on Tuesday, June 14, the day after the Village board approved his appointment. Palumbo said he was happy to be working with the village again. He served as planner for 10 years some 15 years ago. Two items were on the board’s agenda ... Read More »

Apartment Plan Under Fire from Neighbors

Trail Heights Approved by Planning Board By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville’s Planning Board approved the final plat plan for the Trail Heights development at its monthly meeting on Monday, May 23 pending a few minor revisions to the Homeowners Association (HOA) document. The property, owned by developer Phil Vogt, will feature 14 lots for single-family homes on 70-acres ... Read More »

Calarco, Van Wicklin Win Board Seats

West Valley Voters Reject Budget and Board Chair By Jann Wiswall Ellicottville Central School District voters convincingly supported the board and administration’s budget proposition for the 2016-17 school year and elected two candidates to school board posts. The vote in favor of proposition No. 1 was 215 (yes) to 34 (no), authorizing the District to spend $11,903,306 next school year. ... Read More »

Town of EVL Board Preps for Summer Projects

By Jann Wiswall The Town of Ellicottville’s board met Wednesday, May 18 to discuss a number of ongoing projects and issues and take action on several agenda items. Town Supervisor Matt McAndrew reported that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the town and the Rotary Club of Ellicottville regarding use of the Town Center auditorium was in final draft form ... Read More »

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