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June Means Fun in the Sun in EVL

By Alicia Dziak It’s June in Ellicottville, which means outdoor fun galore! Golfing, swimming, hiking, biking or even swinging from the trees can all be yours in the month ahead. Holiday Valley is in full swing this time of year. Get your golf on at their 18 hole par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course. Looking to improve your game? ... Read More »

Randolph Amish Tours

By Mary Heyl Western New York’s Amish population is unique in that this community is considered one of the few “Old Order” Amish settlements in the United States. Cattaraugus County has one of the largest Amish communities in the area, and you can get a unique glimpse of this community by taking a guided tour with one of Randolph’s experienced ... Read More »

Festival Season in Full Swing

By Mary Heyl Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, which means summer has unofficially arrived in Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties! Celebrate every weekend this month at a different festival throughout the county: from horseradish to gardening to carnival rides, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy all month long. With all of this fun, you ... Read More »

Camping Season is Here!

By Alicia Dziak While summer isn’t quite here, it’s definitely on its way, and with the longer days and warmer temps, it can only mean one thing for all the great outdoorsmen and women out there—camping season is upon us! Whether you prefer roughing it under the stars, being deep in the woods or in a heated cabin near your ... Read More »

Memorial Day in the Enchanted Mountains

By Elizabeth Riggs While Memorial Day weekend may feel like the unofficial start to the summer, take a few moments to reflect on the true reason for this holiday: remembrance. Fly that American flag, immerse yourself in patriotism, take a few moments to reflect on the lives that have been lost and the freedoms we all enjoy and take part ... Read More »

Local Favorite Moves Down the Street

By Caitlin Croft Katy’s Cafe opened in March of 2012 between the old Ellicottville Inn Building (where Ava Grace Fashions currently is) and the retail store Alexandria. It was an instant success, featuring funky coffee drinks and unique, delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps. And their lunch options—don’t get me started! I personally am there 4-5 days a week even just ... Read More »

Residents Support WMA

By Jann Wiswall A dozen or more town and village residents attended the Town of Ellicottville board meeting on Wednesday, May 17 to express support for the NY Department of Conservation’s interest in purchasing a large land parcel in Ellicottville and Mansfield for designation as a Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 996-acre property, about a third of which lies in ... Read More »

Sheep, Horses and Bison, Oh My!

Visit the Farms of Catt Co. By Mary Heyl It’s no secret that Cattaraugus County is home to thousands of acres of farmland, but did you know about the impressive variety of livestock that are raised right here in our county? From merino sheep to bison, there are all kinds of farms that you and your family can experience, whether by ... Read More »

Race to the Finish This June and July

By Alicia Dziak On your mark, get set, go! It’s race season and whether you’re looking to hit the pavement or the trails, on foot or on bike, there’s something for everyone in the upcoming months. Foot Races On June 10, sign up for the 5K fun run/walk to benefit The Elisa B. Hughey Scholarship for the Arts. Start/Finish is ... Read More »

Health & Fitness

One of the many things I stress as a professional personal trainer is the speed or tempo at which you perform an exercise. Very often, I need to tell clients to slow down, stop jerking and to feel the movement. This cannot happen when your pace is basically momentum with no regard for muscle development. Tempo is definitely one of ... Read More »

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