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Self-Empowerment at the Ellicottville Memorial Library

By Louisa Benatovich ECS Student Reporter With the rise of the #MeToo movement that began with the exposure of Harvey Weinstein, women are asking how they better protect themselves. Currently, statistics show that 1-in-4 women will be sexually assaulted.  Joe Backus, a certified martial arts instructor, is attempting to change that. On Aug. 28 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library, Backus ... Read More »

Get Ready to Rock Autism this weekend in Ellicottville

  By Rich Place After the planning and coordination that Max Muscato and the rest of the Rock Autism board members have done over the past several months, there’s one thing Muscato said he is looking forward to most: seeing his brother play drums. His brother, Sonny, who has autism, will join Max on stage during the Rock Autism Music ... Read More »

Make it a September to Remember

By Alicia Dziak It’s hard to believe that September is here—time for a new school year and plenty of fall fun. This month is chock full of great activities indoors and out to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Head to the Holiday Valley pool complex before it closes for the season. Check out the article on page 2 for ... Read More »

Holiday Valley Pools Open Through Labor Day

  By Alicia Dziak Make a splash this weekend at the Holiday Valley pool complex! It’s your last chance of the season, as the pools are only open only through Labor Day. The pool complex includes three pools—a lap pool, a kiddie pool and an activity pool featuring a slide and diving board. In addition, many deck games are set ... Read More »


By Rich Place Familiar faces to the ski and snowboard community in Ellicottville are opening a second location in East Aurora in the longtime home of an established ski shop. The husband-and-wife team of Miguel Azcarate and Kimberly Reading, owners of Mud Sweat ‘n’ Gears on Monroe Street in Ellicottville, recently purchased the former Aurora Action Sports/The Ski Rack on ... Read More »

EARS to Offer Adoptable Pets at Sunday’s Cocktails and Canines Sunday

By Alicia Dziak As one of many foster families who works with Empire Animals Rescue Society (EARS), a rescue based in Salamanca, I’ve seen first-hand all the work and countless hours of volunteer time that goes into saving animals. Since my family began fostering for them about three years ago, we have had about 20 dogs come and go from ... Read More »

5 Outdoor things to do this weekend

By Alicia Dziak 1. Make branch sculptures at Griffis Sculpture ParK This summer, Griffis Sculpture Park will host free outdoor activities every Saturday at noon, and this weekend, guests can enjoy creating unique branch sculptures. Afterwards, park goers can also take in the 250 sculptures that reside throughout the trails of the park, making it the United States largest outdoor ... Read More »

Ellicottville Boys’ Soccer Set to Soar This Season

By Louisa Benatovich ECS Student Reporter For Ellicottville boys’ soccer players, being an Eagle is not just about being part of a team; it’s about being a member of a family. From the season-starting team campout to the very end of playoffs, these boys learn what it means to be men. Under the dedicated leadership of Matt Finn, Chris Keenan, ... Read More »

Lady Eagles Ready for Kick Off

By Louisa Bentavich ECS Student Reporter After two months of 6:30 a.m. soccer workouts, summer soccer games and running in the sweltering sauna of an Ellicottville summer, the Ellicottville Central School girls are ready for the 2018-19 soccer season. With Aug. 13 just around the corner, ECS girls’ soccer players are pushing themselves to see who can best the Cooper ... Read More »

Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival Coming Aug. 19

By Alicia Dziak Music and art await at the sixth annual Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival! Held from 2 to 7 p.m., this festival will celebrate a day of creativity. Just a short drive into the hills off Route 219 between Springville and Ellicottville lies one of the largest and oldest sculpture parks in the country, Griffis Sculpture Park. Since ... Read More »

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