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Party On in Ellicottville

By Alicia Dziak Fall Fest in Ellicottville means endless live music. Head to Balloons for Rocktoberfest, with a full lineup of music spanning Thursday night through Sunday. Check out DJ Xcite, DJ Snarski, Porcelain Bus Drivers, DJ Kage, Black Widow, Last Call, Qwister, Darkwater Duo, Breakaway on the main stage and in the tent all weekend long. Visit for ... Read More »

Ski Tuning Made Easy at MSG

By Alicia Dziak Ski tuning in Ellicottville just got a whole lot more efficient! Thanks to the new Montana Challenge at Mud Sweat N Gears (MSG), a completely automated system makes the tuning process fast and The refurbished equipment came from a ski shop in Toronto, making its way to MSG in August. It’s from a company based in Switzerland ... Read More »

Get Your Scare on Nightmare Hayrides

By Rich Place As Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street celebrates 28 years, it continues to find new and innovative ways to scare the many attendees that come by year after year. This year is no exception, with a new feature to be added out on the hayride. But don’t except to know what it is before you ride, says Karen ... Read More »

Celebrate the Arts [and Crafts] This Weekend

By Alicia Dziak Fall means festival season, a time to decorate for the changing seasons and get a jump on that holiday shopping. Unique handmade gifts are around every corner, and exploring one of the area’s arts and crafts shows is the ideal way to spend a day. Celebration of the Arts at Nannen Arboretum Sept. 23 Spend an afternoon ... Read More »

Legal Eagles Attend Their First Day of County Government

By Louisa Benatovich ECS Student Reporter Two Ellicottville students made their first trek to the County Legislative Building on Sept. 12. This building, home to our district attorney Lori Rieman, also houses the prestigious County Government program. Offered as a replacement for ECS’s Participation in Government course, County Government allows students a first-hand view of the Cattaraugus County legal system. ... Read More »

Pumpkinville Opens Saturday for 50th Season

By Rich Place Autumn is on its way and that means Pumpkinville is ready to open for the season. After all, the well-known stop for all things pumpkin — and plenty of other fall-themed attractions — will celebrate its 50th year when it opens for the season on Saturday and remains open daily through Halloween. Pumpkinville was originally opened in ... Read More »

Ellicottville Students Survive First Week of New Visions

By Louisa Benatovich ECS Student Reporter In the spring of last year, three Ellicottville juniors submitted an application. It was a rigorous process requiring an essay, multiple teacher recommendations and an almost immaculate transcript. With the press of a button, it was over. All they could do was wait. Myself, Brennan Finn and Sierra Maybee were the only Ellicottville students ... Read More »

Neilon Likes the Grit From Young Eagles Girls Soccer Squad

By Sam Wilson The season’s off to a slow start, but when Mary Neilon talks about her young 2018 Ellicottville girls soccer team, she keeps coming back to one word: “gritty.” With six returning letterwinners from last year’s 10-7 squad, the bulk of the the 2018 team (12 of 22 players) are eighth, ninth or 10th graders. “But they’re a ... Read More »

Gearing Up For Fall

By Alicia Dziak As summer has unofficially come to an end, Holiday Valley is ready to transition into fall and yes, even winter. Those looking ahead to the ski and snowboarding season — don’t delay on purchasing your season pass! The Classic Season Pass cutoff date is Sept. 15. This is still the best rate for Combo, Day and Night ... Read More »

Rock N Roll Weekend is Sept. 14-16

By Alicia Dziak Rock N Roll weekend returns to Ellicottville next weekend for three days of hot tunes and cool cars in the Village! Presented by Northtown Auto, the weekend  kicks off Friday, Sept. 14 with live entertainment in all of the local hot spots. Check out the Party Squad at Madigan’s, Darkwater Duo and Evan Dillon (back bar)  at ... Read More »

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