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FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 6, 2014

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There’s something magical about hitting the slopes after dark. Heading down Tannenbaum at Holiday Valley, surrounded by snow-covered pine trees, the snow is lit up before you, beckoning you to ski down its winding and shimmering path. Over at Cindy’s, the wide trail unfolds in front of you, unveiling a spectacular view of the resort after dark. Each trail at Holiday Valley has its own unique features, and traversing them at night feels like you are exploring entirely new trails. Although certain lifts close after dark (Boardwalk, Eagle, SnowPine and Spruce), skiers can still access a majority of the lifts and, in turn, the trails they service, well after the sun has lowered behind the hills. There are currently 37 slopes and nine lifts (Chute, Cindy’s, Creekside, Mardi Gras, Morning Star, Ski School Tow, Sunrise, Tannenbaum and Yodeler) open for night skiing at Holiday Valley. Night skiing is a thing of beauty, and a huge part of the Ellicottville skyline is seeing Holiday Valley’s lights illuminating the sky as you head into town from any direction. While it might be hard for some to imagine this town without the sights of these lights during the winter, there was a time when they weren’t there. Yodeler and the Ski School trail were the first trails to be lit for night skiing in the 1968-69 season. It ran for three seasons, but didn’t take off, and closed down after the 1970-71 season. In 1974, Holiday Valley gave it another shot and this time it was successful. After the original two trails were relit, other trails followed, one at a time throughout the next two decades, with Sunrise being the most recently lit trail in 1992. Besides the beauty of it, there are many advantages to skiing at night on the slopes of Holiday Valley.

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It’s All About the Night Moves Ski Holiday Valley After Dark

February 28 Telestock Telemark Festival Holiday Valley March 1 Ken Brown 700 Club Fundraiser • 1pm Auction Holiday Valley March 4-5 BOCES Winter Carnival Holiday Valley Tubing Park March 6 Ski Day for United Way HoliMont March 7 Tele-Fest HoliMont March 7 Celtic Thunder Fundraiser Ellicottville Town Center March 8-9 Mardi Gras & Winter Carnival Ellicottville • Holiday Valley March 13-16 Freestyle B East Coast Championships Holiday Valley March 14 Quarterpipe Contest Holiday Valley March 22 Pond Skimming Party Holiday Valley Mar 23 Northwind Super G Holiday Valley © 2014 Keystone Designers Inc.

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Holiday Valley Unveils Holiday Valley Hosts Freestyle EQS Championships EV Charging Station East Coast Freestyle Skiers Compete March 14-16 80-Plus Charging Stations in NYS

The latest publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging station was unveiled on Feb. 21, 2014, at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, as part of a partnership with National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development

Authority (NYSERDA) and ChargePoint. The Holiday Valley Resort location is one of more than 15 charging station located in Western New York under the program, and is one of 67 installed or planned across National Grid’s upstate New York service areas. The $1 million public/private partnership between ChargePoint and NYSERDA provides more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York state. Of those stations, 67 will be located in National Grid’s service area across upstate NY, and Holiday Valley is one of more than 15 stations in WNY. Important to note is that Holiday Valley not only hosts this particular EV charging station, but will also pay for the electricity consumed at their station. The charging station is located in the parking area at the Inn at Holiday Valley. Al Wager of National Grid, and Jane EshNew York has one of the highest growth baugh, Marketing Director at Holiday Valley, demonstrate the new EV Charging Station, located at the Inn at Holiday Valley.

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Bed Tax Allocations Promote Communities Regional Chambers of Commerce Support Tourism

By Jann Wiswall

When Cattaraugus County distributes bed tax funds each year, the three major chambers of commerce in our area — Ellicottville, Olean and Salamanca — have the ability to promote their

municipalities in national, regional and/or local media for the entire year. And according to all three chambers’ executive directors, these funds are critically important in getting the word out about all the reasons to come to their towns for a day, a weekend or a nice long vacation. According to the county, a portion of the bed tax funds must be used for “advertising and promoting various … events, festivals, attractions and experiences that will attract more visitors” to the region. In 2013, bed tax revenues were down by 3 percent countywide. Ellicottville alone, however, was up by 8 percent. In 2013, the bed tax generated $221,706 to be used for these purposes throughout the county during 2014. The Ellicottville Chamber See Promote Communities page 8

Holiday Valley Resort will host the Freestyle Eastern Qualifying Series (EQS) Championships March 14-16. One hundred sixty competitors from the northeastern U.S. will compete in moguls, aerials and slopestyle diciplines. These skiers, who are divided into two groups, the “Young Guns,”

ages 10 and under, and the and competitors are judged on “Youth,” ages 11 to 18, have their turns, line, air and speed. In aerials, taking place on earned enough points through events this season to qualify Foxfire, the skiers hit a single large jump and do various for this competition. All of the EQS competitions tricks while in the air. The slopestyle course, on can be viewed from base areas and spectators are encouraged. Snoozer, is made of jumps and The mogul course, which other features made of snow, will take place on Yodeler, is rails and boxes. Slopestyle is made up of bumps and jumps, See EQS Championships page 11

2014 Odyssey of the Mind Begins March 15 Special Preview March 13 By Jann Wiswall

Six groups of Ellicottville Central School students are working hard during and after school to prepare for the upcoming regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Wellsville Middle/High School on Saturday, March 15. And in order to give them a great send-off, the entire community

is invited to a preview of their creative, dynamic, multidimensional performances on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the ECS high school cafeteria. Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program for teams of elementary through college students to solve problems

using creative thinking, brainstorming, teamwork and problem solving skills. The program is designed to teach the concept that “a group is a more powerful thinking force than an individual.” ECS has been participating in the Odyssey of the Mind program for decades. Every

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ECS Preparing for GEA Rally Next Year’s Budget Challenges By Jann Wiswall

ECS is hosting a regionwide “Rally to Restore GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) Funding Cuts” on March 10 at 7 p.m. The rally is being organized by CA-BOCES District Superintendent Lynda

Quick and is sponsored by the Allegany Cattaraugus Association of School Boards and the Chautauqua County School Boards Association. The featured speaker will be Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide

School Finance Consortium. The rally will draw public attention to issues schools have been dealing with as the state has withheld funding for the past several years in order to balance its budget. Now, as See GEA Rally page 7


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Luella F. “Pat� Boucher, 105, of Ellicottville, passed away on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 at The Pines in Machias. She was born Oct. 26, 1908 in Buffalo, the daughter of the late Winfred and Lillian (Wallace) Patterson. On Dec. 11, 1943, in Buffalo,

she married Joseph Albert “Al� Boucher who predeceased her in 1958. Luella was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicottville in the 1980s and 1990s, and the Alley Katz of Ellicottville, and joyfully helped maintain the herb garden at the Arboretum. Each morning, she would look forward to her walks with dear friends who have predeceased her. In later years, she moved into a studio apartment at her daughter’s as her need for assistance increased, and she faithfully attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellicottville. Luella is survived by her daughter, Andree McRae, of Ellicottville, and six grandchildren: Rick (Glenda) Jackson, Tim (Linda) Jackson,

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Mike (Tami Smith) Jackson, James Jackson, Stephen Jackson and Kelly Jackson, 17 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Budd Patterson of Cattaraugus, and Willard Patterson of Atlanta, GA, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Luella was predeceased by a grandson, David Jackson, a brother, Raymond Patterson, and a sister, Winifred Goodrich. A memorial service will be held at the convienence of the family. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City Street in Little Valley.

This past weekend, HoliMont Ski Resort was the scene for the 2014 FLITE Cup. In addition to our athletes from HoliMont FLITE Team, freestyle programs from Holiday Valley, Buffalo Ski Club, Pennsylvania Freestyle and Bristol Mountain competed in a two-day Double Aerial and Mogul competition. Bluebird skies and sunshine graced HoliMont throughout the weekend, with some challenging winds on Saturday for the Double Aerial event on “The Jump.�

HoliMont FLITE Team: 85 pts Holiday Valley Freestyle: 52 points

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teammate Lucas Goodin by the slim margin of .08 points. Evan Dermott finished in 3rd place, while Jared Smolinski finished 5th, Sean Ryan 6th, RJ Cancilla 8th, Jake Wayland 9th, Mitchell Wayland 11th, Michael Kennedy 12th, Joseph Voelkl 13th, Jack Rath 15th, Brandon Crotty 16th, Matthew Voelkl 17th, and Colin Woodrow in 22nd. The FLITE Cup is awarded to the team that has the highest point total from every age category for every event. Three points are awarded for first place, two points for second place, and one point for third place.

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Eradication Initiative to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of polio and are very close to reaching this goal. The fun evening is going to leave a mark on Ellicottville with McCarthy-style entertainment including the classic Irish folk band The Leftovers, Irish Dancers and some great surprises. This is a great value for Mardi Gras weekend as Beer, Wine &

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Wine Country Biking By Molly Colestro

With warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to plan that trip to some amazing places in an active and interesting way. If you are a bike enthusiastic, there are some great ways to explore the United States or other countries such as Europe, New Zealand or Canada, to just mention a few. Here’s an example of an exciting wine country biking tour. Napa & Sonoma Counties: Vineyards, Redwoods & the Coast Like a fine wine, this classic trip has grown beautifully with age. You can explore five valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of soaring redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating Pacific Coast. The region’s hidden gems and treasures, from wineries and restaurants to picnic spots and deluxe spas, are there to enjoy. This tour is filled with options to

customize your experience. Continue biking the stunning countryside, return for a relaxing massage or schedule a tasting at an off-route winery — the choice is yours. You can enjoy a picnic lunch at Bouchaine Vineyards, pedal past neatly manicured vineyards, old barns and picturesque farmhouses. A stay in the historic town of Sonoma, where you can choose to cap off the day with a soothing massage or a Roman bath treatment, or enjoy the spa, fitness center, swimming pool and sauna at that night’s hotel. Planning a picnic at Healdsburg or at one of Pacific Coast beaches is always relaxing. Stay at Yountville area and bike through the Dry Creek Valley. In Alexander Valley, enjoy a sample of local wine tasting before continuing to Napa Valley and the spa

town of Calistoga, or savor the region’s best as you dine in Yountville, the “culinary capital” of wine country. A nice ride through the heart of the valley is highlighted with a visit to a few of the more than 500 wineries that dot the landscape. Choose from the many luxurious hotels, treat yourself to shopping and world-class dining, and then continue to ride down the Silverado Trail to experience more wineries. For more assistance with your biking wine tours, and any other great destinations and tours, call or email Molly’s Travel Agency at (716) 6995847 or email mollystravel@ msn.com. With over 30 years of experience, Molly’s Travel Agency can save you money, time spent on the Internet and will give you the personal attention you deserve!


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Turn With Your Toes, Not Your Nose

HoliMont Snowsports School By Dan Balkin

Sounds catchy, eh? I threw in the “eh� because this tip comes to us courtesy of some Canadian friends. This is only fitting, because roughly half of the skiers in our fair town hail from Canada. This is actually third-hand ski advice. I got it from Josh Foster (via YouTube), and Josh Foster credited someone named Johnny Brown for giving him this tip. Josh Foster is a Canadian Level IV ski instructor (translation of Level IV Canadian: Canadian ski god). Josh is also the ski school director at a destination resort called Big White, near Kelowna, British Columbia. I love to watch Josh’s ski tips on YouTube. Sure, there are minor differences in philosophy, technique and teaching progressions between the American and Canadian ski instruction systems, but that really doesn’t matter. Highlevel skiers anywhere can tip their shaped skis on edge and rip crisp carved turns, but they can also do more — a lot more. To ski in bumps, powder, broken snow and on steeps, all mountain skiers must also

know how to turn their legs. As a matter of fact, elegant free skiing, even on gentler slopes, always involves both edging the skis and turning the legs. Therefore, this tip is really for everyone. So, let’s break the tip down into its two parts. First, we’ll talk about the meaning of “turn with your toes.� Josh’s tip “turn with your toes� is really about making ski turns with your entire lower body (feet and legs). In other words, if we turn all 10 toes down the slope, we must also turn our legs. Simply said — in terms of skiing — your lower body consists of everything from the bottom of your feet up to the two balls of bone and cartilage (femoral heads) that connect your legs with your hip sockets. Try this: Stand on one foot and rotate your other foot 180 degrees (a half circle) around the planted foot WITHOUT moving your hips. The foot and leg that are swinging in the half circle can do this because the “ball� (femoral head) that attaches your leg to your hip socket is rotating or turning — that is the lower body at work. If you watch YouTube ski tip videos, you will note that great skiers constantly talk about upper and lower body

separation. Essentially, this means that you make ski turns with your lower body, not your upper body. What is Josh implying not to

do by saying “turn with your toes�? He doesn’t want us to throw our heels sideways to turn our skis — that promotes skidded turns. By focusing on turning all 10 toes DOWN the hill, you are far more likely to make round, elegant turns that blend the skills of edging the skis and steering the legs. That said, what is this business about the “nose�? In this ski adage, Josh is using the term “nose� as a metaphor for the entire upper body. In terms of skiing, the upper body consists of your hips, torso, head and arms. Basically, Josh is saying that if we twist our upper body to the right to turn right, our “nose� will also twist to the right with our upper body. That is a classic skiing error that compromises our balance. In summary, the old instructor phrase, “you ski with your legs and you balance with your upper body,� is particularly evident in this tip. Your upper body should be steady and unflappable as you ski, and that allows you to turn your feet and legs under a steady and quiet upper body. When thinking about this tip while skiing, I literally think about turning my toes (lower body) under and around my “nose� (a stable upper body). Like most great ski tips, it’s simple but effective. If this tip has whetted your interest in a lesson, I suggest that you follow the mantra of the world-class skiers on the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Demo Team: “Next time you’re at your local ski area, be safe, have fun, and go with a pro.�

Ice Fishing at ASP Offers a Fun Way to Pass Winter Days By Alicia Dziak

Looking for another way to enjoy the outdoors this time of year? Try ice fishing at Allegany State Park (ASP)! While ice fishing requires skill and knowledge, anyone can ice fish successfully if they learn about the water to be fished and the equipment, and go prepared with proper clothing and safety knowledge. Joining an experienced friend on your initial ice fishing adventure is recommended, but if that’s just not possible, another option is to visit a tackle shop in a popular ice fishing area, which can provide you with all of the necessary equipment. Or check out ice fishing contests run by local sportsmen’s clubs and see what information you can dig up. ASP offers ice fishing on its two large lakes — Red House and Quaker, and March often provides some of the season’s

most productive ice fishing days. A variety of fish can be caught in each lake. Red House Lake, covering 110 acres, offers bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie and trout, while the 268-acre Quaker Lake has bluegill, pumpkinseed and northern pike. More information, including maps, can be found at www.dec. ny.gov/outdoor/50444.html. “Popularity (of ice fishing) appears to be growing in the last decade,� explained Darrin Bierfeldt, forester at ASP. “Currently, it is common to see people ice fishing on both lakes every day of the week, with weekends showing the largest number of enthusiasts.� While ice fishing can be a unique and rewarding experience, newbies and seasoned anglers alike need to go into it prepared. Since most anglers will be

sitting still in the cold, dressing warmly and in layers is a necessity. When arriving at the park, safe ice is the number one consideration. A minimum of 3–4 inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety, keeping in mind that ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. A number of safety guidelines and important information is available on the DEC’s website, and includes strategies for getting through the ice and various ice fishing methods. According to Bierfeldt, ice fishing at ASP is a draw because of “the wilderness experience and the peace and quiet it has to offer.� Why not enjoy this fun sport in one of Western New York’s most beautiful places? For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html.

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Returning to Holimont in March By William Thomas

The Funeral Business: Funny to the Last Drop I would like to draw your attention to the healthiest and liveliest industry in North America: the death business. Recently, I spoke to a branch of the Ontario Funeral Service Association, and in the audience was the ever-smiling face of a casket salesman, my old friend - wait for it - Bill Sleep. I’m not making this up. The group coordinator, nicknamed “Digger,â€? asked me if it would be all right if they got the business segment out of the way before I spoke. I agreed. I’m not sure if you do any public speaking, but usually it’s a good idea to keep things light, entertaining and funny, if possible. I’m not accustomed to having somebody warm up the crowd for me, so you can imagine my surprise when four gentlemen stood up and briefed the audience on the latest mock-disaster exercises (they went well), new and LQQRYDWLYH FRIĂ€QV WKH\ JR down well) and the latest in graveyard hydraulics (you go down well). Essentially, they touched on every aspect of death, destruction and nearannihilation, all of which - if I heard right - are going very, very well. Not a real “feel goodâ€? warm-up act. By the time I addressed the JURXS P\ Ă€UVW GXWLHV ZHUH WR get two ladies in the front row to stop crying, and physically remove measuring tapes from two competing morticians who were stalking a waiter with a bad cough. It was the most interesting situation I’ve ever encountered as a speaker. So much so that I gave the four gentlemen who preceded me a list of my upcoming engagements in hopes that somehow they could arrange to be in another country on those dates.

Do not think for a moment, however, that people in the funeral business do not have a good sense of humour. Far from it. In fact, I did a little research into the subject and ZDV DEOH WR Ă€QG VRPH RI the lighter moments of the business of darkness. Like actual epitaphs, carved in stone by their colleagues. From a cemetery in Innisburg Falls, Vermont: “Here lies the body of my daughter Anna, Done to death by a banana. It was not the fruit of the thing laid her low, But the skin of that thing that made her go.â€? On the headstone of a Canadian atheist: “Gone to see for myself.â€? One epitaph that many of us might laugh a little too hard at: “View this dreary spot with JUDYLW\$GHQWLVWLVĂ€OOLQJKLV last cavity.â€? On the memorial of a man bitter to the end: “Talked to death by friends.â€? I am assured by Father William Parker Neal, who lives in Gettysburg and has written a book on epitaphs, that there is a tombstone in his own hometown that reads: “Here lies the body of my daughter Charlotte. Born a virgin, died a harlot. For 16 years she kept her virginity, Which is quite a record in this vicinity.â€? And two warnings by women about their own funeral arrangements: Said one: “There will be no male pallbearers. Since they wouldn’t take me out when I was alive, I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead.â€? Said the other: “Please don’t let them put ‘Miss’ on my tombstone. I haven’t missed as much as they think.â€? %XW LW LV PRVW GHĂ€QLWHO\ not the morticians who reveal the funny side of the funeral industry. It’s the people like you - under the great stress of

a loved one lost, yet exuberant in the appreciation of those who have helped you through it. The best, albeit unintended, humour in the death business lies in the thank you notes people send to the managers of funeral homes. “I wish to thank everyone who kindly assisted in the death of my husband.â€? “Thank you for providing the pallbearers for Mom. She always loved to have men help her.â€? “Thank you for helping cremate my Father. It was a pleasure.â€? “When you returned Mother’s clothes, the shoes ZHUHQRWKHUVEXWWKH\Ă€WPH Thanks again.â€? “Thank you for talking me out of burying my husband at sea. Now I can visit his grave. You see, I can’t swim.â€? “Thank you for Mother’s beautiful funeral service. She was a saint and a virgin if there ever was one.â€? “Thank you for conducting such a lovely service for my Father. The guy who did the Ă RZHUVZDVDOLWWOHWRRKDSS\ if you know what I mean. But everything worked out okay.â€? Said one woman to a funeral director: “Boy, I’ve been trying to settle this estate for nearly a year now. There are some days I wish Harry had never fallen off that ladder!â€? You might as well laugh. As Red Skelton has so often said, “Nobody’s getting out of this one alive.â€? For comments, ideas and copies of The True Story RI:DLQĂ HHWJRWR www.williamthomas.ca


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Local Musicians Share Songs and Stories at the SCA March 8 Springville Center for the Arts (SCA) and JimHoweConcerts present a “Songwriters in the Round” on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. Western New York’s own award-winning songwriters, Doug Yeomans, Chris Panfil, and Pat Shea, present an intimate evening of songs they have written and the stories behind them, and they discuss their personal songwriting processes. “We love this location for a songwriters in the round” notes Doug Yeomans on the SCA. “It’s intimate, friendly, and offers terrific sound.” Pat Shea came to the attention of fans across the United States and Canada when he triumphed over nearly 200 other competitors, week after week, on the nationally televised “Star” talent search. Emerging as the champion and grand prize winner, Shea went on to appear numerous times as a guest on the popular television show “Nashville Now.” He recorded his song “The Lord May Take Me” for Polygram Records, which was released to radio nationally and internationally. Shea’s critically acclaimed CD “The Road Less Traveled” has

Doug Yeomans received airplay not only in his hometown of Buffalo, but across the U.S. and as far away as The Netherlands and Australia. Chris Panfil is a former Nashville touring and recording multi-instrumentalist who has toured with several Grand Ole Opry stars. Panfil moved to Florida after high school to play fiddle with the sun coast bluegrass band “Bluegrass Southern Style” in the 1980s. This resulted in an album and several tours. Moving back to his native Buffalo just in time for the country music boom of the 1990s, Panfil joined the “J.C. Thompson Band,” a popular country rock cover band in

Western New York. He played fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and guitar. He also joined up with a long time Western New York bluegrass favorite named “Creek Bend” to perform and play the northeastern U.S. festival circuit and record. Doug Yeomans has been in the music making business for four decades. He has traveled across America playing music in concert halls, festivals, clubs and private events. His guitar playing, songwriting, and vocals have earned him praise as one of the best musicians to ever come out of Buffalo. In 2004, he was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and in 2001 he won the North American Rock Guitar Competition. The Buffalo Music awards have named him Best Blues Guitarist, Best Country Guitarist, and Best Bluegrass Guitarist. SCA is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. The show begins at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale, available online at www. springvillearts.org or by phone at 592-9038. Tickets at the door are $12. Call 716-592-9038 for more information.

Celebrate Winter Day March 6 Discounted Lift Tickets and Packages Glens Falls, N.Y. — On Thursday, March 6, 2014,* 17 ski areas in New York State will be participating in the first annual “Celebrate Winter Day.” This day is intended for skiers and riders as well as those who want to learn to ski or snowboard to enjoy the slopes and celebrate all the splendor of winter. Celebrate Winter Day will feature discounted lift tickets and Learn to Ski and Learn to Board packages for all to enjoy. Ski areas participating in this first-ever event are from all over New York State including Holiday Valley, Gore Mountain, Whiteface Mountain, West Mountain, Oak Mountain*, Catamount, Belleayre, Thunder Ridge, Mount Peter, Tuxedo Ridge, Labrador Mountain, Toggenburg, Dry Hill, Kissing Bridge, Holiday Valley Resort, Peek ‘n Peak Resort & Spa, Titus and Swain Resort.

At these resorts, skiers and riders can get a discounted lift ticket for $12** good daytime or evening, depending on ski area operating hours. Also, discounted learn to ski or snowboard packages are available. ISKINY President Scott

Brandi said, “This day is a perfect way to celebrate abundant snowfall and excellent conditions as we enter the month of the March. Some of the best skiing and riding is still ahead!” Discounted vouchers can be purchased and printed at home at www.iskiny.com and redeemed at the selected ski area for a lift ticket for the day

or evening. Learn to Ski or Snowboard vouchers are only valid during the daytime*** at most of the participating mountains. *Oak Mountain will participate March 7 **Holiday Valley, Gore Mountain, Whiteface Mountain and Belleayre Mountain vouchers are $24 ***Some ski areas Learn to Ski/Snowboard times vary and require a reservation About ISKINY ISKINY (Ski Areas of New York, Inc.) is the statewide industry association dedicated to the continued growth of the New York snow sports industry by working on behalf of its membership to promote fair legislation, develop marketing programs, create educational opportunities and enhance the public awareness of snow sports throughout the State and region.

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Lily Booth: Grace and Muster February 22 – March 29, 2014 The Olean Public Library Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring new work by Buffalo, NY-based mixed-media artist Lily Booth. A free public opening reception with complimentary refreshments provided by Friends of the Olean Public Library, Inc., will be held at the Gallery on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., with an artist talk at 3:00 p.m. ABOUT THE WORK “The destructive decisions made by those in power and the abundant apathy displayed by the greater population toward these issues both captivate and infuriate simultaneously. Art dispels the anger and focuses upon a visual language to not capitulate it but transform the meanings into a satire to encourage change.” ABOUT THE ARTIST Lily Booth is a Western New York fiber and mixed-media artist, currently working as a Teaching Artist at Starlight

Studio and Art Gallery. She received her BFA degree in fibers design from Buffalo State College and has shown her work in communities across upstate New York and in the Czech Republic. She is also a loving wife and mother of three daughters. The Olean Public Library Gallery’s purpose is to create a public forum for professional artists to interact with the community. The library presents a visual arts series of up to 12 group and solo exhibitions annually. The gallery has been in operation for over 30 years, and has presented the works of hundreds of artists in the Western New York and Greater Niagara region. We present an annual literature series featuring readings and discussions by professional writers. For more information, please visit http://www.oleanlibrary. org/arts.html.

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HOLIDAY VALLEY - So Much To Do - So Much Fun! This Saturday, RED BULL presents the “1976 Games� right here in Ellicottville, New York! Vintage attire suggested, as we celebrate all things 1976 in a modified banked slalom event at the base of Moonshadow. We’re also throwing in a method & daffy contest, all set to the soundtrack of DJ Heat.

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Fun Things to do for Everyone! Saturday March 8 - Vintage Ski OutďŹ t Day 10 am - 2 pm...Face Painting at Tannenbaum Lodge & Customer Service 10 am - 5 pm...Safety Patrol Cookout at Base of Yodeler 12 pm - 4:30 pm...Mountain Crew Snowbar - Base of Yodeler 12:30 pm...Scavenger & Clan Rocks Hunt - Slippery Streets 1 pm...Dual GS Beer & Rootbeer Race on Yodeler, $5 registration at Start 3 pm...Balloon Race & Snow Bowling - Outside Creekside Lodge 4 pm - 8 pm ... Live Entertainment & Beer Promotion - Party Squad at Yodeler 6:30 pm...Mardi Gras Parade - Downtown Ellicottville Sunday March 9 - Bad Sweater & Sunglasses Day 9 am...Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast - Top of Champagne at Warming Hut 10 am - 2 pm...Face Painting at Customer Service 10 am - 5 pm...Safety Patrol Cookout at Base of Yodeler 11:45 am...Line up for Costume Parade - Edelweiss Lean-to on MardiGras 12 pm...Costume Parade - Mardi Gras 12:15 pm...Costume Judging - Bottom of Mardi Gras 12 pm...Lederhosen Ski Club Hot Dog Cookout - Outside HV Lodge 12 pm...Ellicottville Ski Club Wine & Cheese Party - Outside HV Lodge 12 pm - 4:30 pm Mountain Crew Snowbar - Base of Yodeler 2 pm...Dummy Downhill - Base of Yodeler, $5 Entry*

26 Years of NASTAR Racing at Holiday Valley

Holiday Valley Lodge, Lodge new iin 2012 2012, iis th the location of the Mountainside Grille, McCarty CafĂŠ, two bars, Snowsports School desk, the Equipment Rental Shop and the High Performance Demo and Repair shop.

Nature Valley NASTAR, the world’s largest recreational ski and snowboard race program, is now in its 26th season at Holiday Valley. If you can comfortably ski Cindy’s Run, you can handle this “entry level� dual or single giant slalom race. Once you get your NASTAR number, you can use that every year. Nastar operates Wednesdays through Sundays and certain holidays from 12:30 to 4 p.m., and the season runs through mid-March. NASTAR racing rates are $8 for adults and juniors, and $12 for unlimited. Each time you race Nature Valley NASTAR, you could win a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal depending on the handicap you earn. Depending on the number of times you race, you will also receive a national (5 races needed), state (2 races needed) and a resort ranking (1 race needed) in your age and gender category in your division, which will allow you to compare your race results to other competitors across the country. Holiday Valley has produced some national champions! Handicap For Non-Alpine Skiers Snowboarders, telemarkers and physically challenged racers receive handicap discounts toward winning Nature Valley NASTAR medals and scoring points for their team(s) only. The actual handicap earned is the handicap that is recorded and posted on your Race Record. Team Racing Holiday Valley NASTAR Team Racing is a great way for friends and family members to compete together during the season regardless of when and where they race. Each time a team member races at a Nature Valley NASTAR resort, they score points for their team, no matter what resort! NASTAR has created three team formats for participants to join Family/Friends Team, Resort Team and Club Team. Participants can join an existing team or create a team of their own. For race results, visit www.nastar.com and click on where to race, Holiday Valley. Results are usually posted at 5 p.m. every day and all past results are archived. Registration is at www.nastar.com or at the Cindy’s Run NASTAR start ramp. For more information, visit www.nastar.com.

March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2014. Operating schedule will be weather permitting. Hours and Ticket Cost to be announced. If under 18, a parent's signature required. Buy tickets at the jump (cash only at the jump). Bag provided by ACRO BAG. Helmets required.

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It was another great weekend of competitions for the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. HoliMont hosted a double aerial event on Saturday, Feb. 22, that was full of excitement. Nick Hess and Jordana Parliament from our freeride team took their first-ever jumps on an air site and had great days. The morning event was highlighted by an overall victory by Jenna Bennett. This was her first career overall victory. She had two great jumps in the morning doing a spread eagle for her first jump and a double spread eagle on her second jump. Both were big and she came away with the win for the event as well as in the F4 division. The HV girls had great results in their age groups with age group wins coming from Hayley Saunders (F2 both events), Jordana Parliament (F5 morning event), Brooke

Butler (F6 both events), and Lauryn Socha (F5 afternoon event). Summer Celani (F6 both events) and Jordana both brought home silver medals, while Lauryn and Morghan Socha took home bronze medals. The boys were not to be outdone either, with Bennett Socha (M6) leading the way with gold medals in both events. Also earning medals were Bryce Butler (M4 – silver) and Sam Capizzi (M3 – bronze). The boys had great overall results with Bryce, Sam and Quinn Rifkin finishing 4th, 5th and 6th overall in the morning, but unfortunately crashing in the afternoon. Kaleb Kilby continued to show improvement with four solid jumps for the day. The mogul event had some difficult conditions on a very icy course. The weather changed conditions considerably since training on Friday. The ice

made it very hard to land the top air and ski out clean into the moguls. Even with the difficult conditions, HV had a great day with several team members bringing home some hardware. Thirty-five team members competed in the mogul event, which saw Liz JacobsonCoolidge and Haley Saunders lead the way for the girls with top 10 finishes. Liz was 6th while Haley was 10th. This gave them both 2nd place in their age group — Liz in the F3 and Haley F2 divisions. For the boys, top 10 results came from Bryce Butler (3rd), Quinn Rifkin (5th) and Mike McGuire (9th). In their age groups, Bryce was 2nd (M4), Quinn 3rd (M3) and Mike 4th (M4). Also bringing home medals in their age groups were Matt LaRusch with the gold in the M6 division, followed by Bennett Socha with the silver.

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First, it’s less expensive. A lift ticket from 4–10 p.m. is only $33 for adults and $26 for juniors, offering six hours of skiing for a great price. Second, night skiing offers more flexibility for those with busy schedules. “If you work during the day, you can still ski at night,” said Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s director of marketing. “Also, if you’re lodging here, the kids can ski at night while parents relax.” Night skiing also offers a great opportunity for more people to learn to ski and ride, especially through Holiday Valley’s school and adult ski clubs.

“Night skiing creates a lot of new skiers and riders because the night programs include lessons,” explained Eshbaugh. Hannes Dziak, advisor for Springville Youth Inc.’s Ski Club, said, “Being able to go skiing on Sunday afternoons and into the evenings with our ski club is such a great opportunity for kids that might not otherwise get to ski or ride. The addition of the evening lessons is key, and the lighted trails give members so many more hours of skiing, and definitely more bang for their buck.” And who can pass up the opportunity to enjoy Holiday Valley’s after-dark ambiance?

Sitting around the lodge fire pits, riding up the lifts with friends, skiing down the trails and taking in the contrast between the pitch-black sky and the shimmering white snow are all part of what makes night skiing such a memorable affair. Holiday Valley offers night skiing (until 10 p.m.) until March 15, after which twilight skiing is available until 7 p.m. Wherever your nighttime skiing adventure takes you within the resort, Holiday Valley will amaze you at every lighted turn. Hit the slopes after dark before spring hits Ellicottville!

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the state projects a $2 billion budget surplus, school leaders are calling for restoration of this critical funding that has forced “schools to reduce programs like enrichment offerings, art, music, electives, sports and clubs, or eliminate them altogether.” ECS Superintendent Mark Ward said during the school board meeting on Feb. 25 that representatives of schools, districts and elected officials in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Southern Erie and Allegany counties are being invited to attend, as are students, parents, staff, other interested parties and the media. “We want to get a crowd there,” he said. Budget Discussions Ward said that he and District Treasurer Aimee Kilby have been working on mid-year 2013-14 budget projections and that he is “confident” that the 2013-14 budget will finish in the positive and that it will not be necessary to use any reserve funds this year.

As the board prepares to tackle the 2014-15 budget over the next few weeks, it will be looking for potential cuts that can help offset costs that are projected to increase — including liability insurance, health insurance and other items, including the $240,000 payment on the capital project that must be made next year (state aid on the capital project will start coming in during the 2015-16 school year). Ward said that “we’ve been running a tight ship” for many years and that “we’re spending less today than we did six years ago,” despite significant cost increases for teacher retirement, transportation and other items. In 2008, he explained, “we had 105 employees. Today we have 90, and some of those are parttime.” At the same time, “we’re getting 9 percent less state aid now than we did in 2008.” Ward is preparing a detailed explanation of the 2014-15 budget challenges for the March issue of the school

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newsletter, due to be published in the next week or two. The public is scheduled to vote on a final proposed budget on May 20. In other business, the board approved the following individuals to serve as spring 2014 sports coaches: varsity baseball, Chris Mendell; seventh, eighth and ninth grade modified baseball, Nick Smith; varsity softball, Matt Finn; junior varsity softball, Dave McCann; modified softball, Tammy Eddy; golf, Dan LaCroix; and trap, Vince Oliverio. The first budget work session for the board, originally scheduled for next Tuesday, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the high school library. Another work session is scheduled for March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The next regular meeting of the ECS school board will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the high school library.

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Powder: Deal with It! By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors

There is one hard and true fact about a mountain sport—you deal with what the mountain gives you. Any numbers of things affect your on-snow experience: skier traffic, sun, rain, time of day and, of course, snow! Last week, when it was snowing so hard that your tracks from the last run were already being covered, I heard several people in lift lines complaining about conditions. They were commenting on the lack of grooming. Silent, soft, beautiful powder, and these people were complaining! Two things came to my mind. First, these people don’t realize you don’t “groom” when the slopes are open and crowded. Plus, grooming during a snow storm is like digging a hole in the lake. Second, it’s powder, and skiing in this is fun and unique in the east. This is not bottomless “champagne” powder like out west; this is fun and user-friendly powder over a solid base. You just need to adapt a bit and pay attention to your skiing. But you should revel in the experience! Powder skiing really accentuates the connection between your core and your feet. You still need an upright

and athletic stance, maybe just a touch narrower than normal. (A narrower stance reduces the likelihood of having one ski or the other get caught up and pulled away from you.) You should maintain a muscular tension from your core-abs through your legsquads, glutes, etc. - to your ankles and feet. The resistance of skiing in the snow, as opposed to on the snow, demands you maintain this positive connection. As you ski through ruts and piles, your skis will be affected, and you want to have a stable connection so you are not being levered back and forth. You still want to maintain pressure on the front of your boots and feel your whole foot connected to your foot beds— not way back on the heel, not way forward on your toes, but a solid ball of the foot stance. Now slow things down— don’t try to lever and pivot your skis in this stuff— but let the snow give you the turn. Stay with your skis as they begin their arc. They will turn all the way across the slope.

Do a simple fan progression to get the feel and consistency of the snow. Just start in a shallow traverse and with a slight down motion, turn your skis up the slope with a soft, gentle action. Now do this steeper and steeper until you get a “feel” for powder. Take this down the slope, making big sweeping turns, and the depth of the snow will assist you in maintaining your speed. Keep your feet connected to your core with athletic tension though abs, legs and feet. You will glide through troughs and pillows of snow. Ride your skis, and don’t do anything fast to turn. You won’t have any fun if you try to ski like you do on groomed corduroy. This is the essence of skiing, of enjoying the “mountain experience.” Enjoy the variations of life on the mountain, smile through the mask of snow blowing back up into your face. Grin and add another condition you and the mountain can experience together. Spring is going to bring any number of various conditions, so learn how to deal with all of them by taking a private or group session with a certified snowsports pro! Next time you see it “dumping,” don’t complain about the lack of grooming. Instead, revel in it and look for the untracked stashes you will soon learn to cherish!


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Buffalo, NY — Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) is a not-forprofit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio space and regular public exposure for regional, national, and international artists through exhibitions, and to enrich the community with art classes, mural programs, and public art. Exhibitions, public art projects, and classes help the studio serve as a cultural center. BAS offers a range of programs, facilities, and events available to everyone. Each year, there are 6-8 solo and group exhibitions held in the galleries, including the Annual Artists Exhibit and Sale, as well as the Members Exhibition, to be held for the first time February 28 through March 22, 2014. In addition to exhibitions, BAS has an awardwinning education program, which helps beginner and advanced youths and adults to develop artistically. We are a vibrant and artistic community that never fails to organize funfilled events—look forward to our annual events Trimania, Plates & Pasta, Galaxy Gala, M&T Fourth Fridays @ TriMain Center, and Founding

Fathers Quiz Night: Special Arts Edition. Buffalo Arts Studio membership offers something for everyone. There are many perks to becoming a member, such as receiving e-mail invitations to all exhibitions and events, as well as invitations to participate in the annual Members Exhibition and annual members meeting. There is also a one-time 10% discount on a class or workshop; free workshops are available with the artistic director on how to create impactful portfolios and submit compelling proposals to galleries. BAS offers several levels of membership with varying prices to meet every budget. All perks mentioned above remain the same for students, seniors, individuals, and families. There are additional benefits for organizations, namely reduced admission fees at Trimania, Plates & Pasta, Galaxy Gala, and other special events, as well as a 10% discount on private gallery tours. To join as a supporter, one receives everything mentioned above, plus reduced facilities rental fees and an

invitation to an exclusive appreciation event with directors and staff members, at which complimentary food and wine will be served. At the corporation level, members will enjoy all of the perks mentioned above, plus a listing on the sponsor page of our website and a special sponsor listing in the exhibition catalogue immediately following the donation. Lastly, the benefactor level entitles the member to all of the above mentioned perks, plus a special sponsor listing in all exhibition catalogues for one season. Enticed to be a member of Buffalo Arts Studio? Be sure to check out our website at www.buffaloartsstudio.org for more information on our events and programs and sign up to be a part of our lively arts community! Please visit www. buffaloartsstudio.org/ membership or call (716) 8334450 x13 for further inquiries.

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of Commerce received $75,824, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce received $38,577 and the Salamanca Chamber of Commerce received $18,623. The balance of $88,682 is being awarded to 24 entities — mostly smaller chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, festival sponsors and tourism groups — through a grant process administered by the county’s Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism. Those grantees have not yet been announced. According to the Ellicottville Chamber’s Executive Director Brian McFadden, the bed tax funds are “hugely important to Ellicottville as a whole, representing 80 percent of our annual advertising and public relations budget. This allows us to purchase ads in major

publications and to generate media interest and third-party endorsements.” The Ellicottville Chamber promotes the entire community, not just one business or activity. “Our advertising is intended to get people to come to Ellicottville, stay for at least a night and take advantage of more than just one activity or event,” explained McFadden. Over the years, the chamber has been able to place ads in publications such as The New York Times and USA Today — enabling the organization to reach a wide audience. For the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC), “the county bed tax allocation plays a critical role in our ability to promote tourism in the greater Olean area, particularly in conjunction with major events like the Taste of Olean, Rally

in the Valley, the Home and Garden Show and Santa Claus Lane,” said Larry Sorokes, the chamber’s new executive director. “Our access to funds for advertising, publications and other publicity helps us in drawing thousands of people into Cattaraugus County.” Likewise, Salamanca Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Sheehan calls the allocation “vital to our organization. We use these funds to help promote our entire membership, which has grown by 42 percent in the last year,” Sheehan said. This year, Sheehan plans to use the funds to produce and send a Salamanca promotional brochure out to 400 visitor centers and other distribution points in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other targeted areas.

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Printmaking Exhibition Opens at JCC Center Gallery The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) and Jamestown Community College (JCC) invite the public to the opening reception of a new exhibition, Inked: Select Prints by Audrey Kay Dowling, Peg Nocciolino, and Jenny Pope. The exhibition will open on Friday, Feburary 28 from 6-8pm at the Center Gallery on JCC’s Olean Campus and runs through April 10. This exhibition showcases work from three contemporary Western New York printmakers, each practicing in their own unique style. Hailing from Westfield, NY, artist Audrey Kay Dowling is a versatile artist whose body of work includes painting, ceramics, and mixed-media pieces in addition to her block printmaking. Drawing much of her inspiration from the natural world, she noted, “Patterns, like the sweeping gesture of flying birds through the sky, the swirl of fish through water, the gentle curve of wind blowing a branch or flower, light playing through trees, the crashing Lake Erie waves in front of my cottage … all come through my work as I capture nature’s flow and powerful life force energy.” Peg Nocciolino lives and works as a fine artist, illustrator, designer and educator in Binghamton, NY. The work

featured in Inked, inspired by Nocciolino’s personal travels, includes excellent examples of her darkfield monotypes. “I have traveled to places where the landscape has resonated with me and where I have experienced moments of insight regarding light and form. These prints reflect the memories and experience of those landscapes and places.” This unique and celebrated printmaking technique allows the artist to apply ink to a glass plate and then subtract pigment to create the image. This painterly method produces a one-of-a-kind print and the artist can utilize a variety of tools to create texture and depth. Ithaca area artist, Jenny Pope, is known for her large, colorreduction woodcut prints, often informed by a strong personal interest in flora, fauna, and the environment. Describing her technical process, she

commented, “Color-reduction woodcuts are a way to get multiple colors in a print using only one block. First I start by drawing an image onto a piece of MDF. Then I carve away the areas where I want the white to show through, roll up the block with the first color and print 12. Then I carve away that first color roll up my block with the second color and print it on top of the first. When I am finished all that is left of the block is the last color I printed, usually a dark color. I can never redo the edition unless I carved and printed an entire block again.” Her brightly colored works often feature compelling combinations of species with odd or interesting elements from their natural histories. The opening reception for Inked will be held from 6-8pm at JCC’s Center Gallery in Olean on Friday, February 28. The reception is free and open to the public and includes happy hour refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. The Center Gallery is located on the 2nd Floor of the College Center on Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus at 260 N. Union St. in Olean. For more information, please contact the Cattaraugus County Arts Council at 716372-7455 or visit www. myartscouncil.net.

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rates of electric vehicles in the country. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of EVs in the state has risen from about 1,000 to more than 5,000 in the past year. Early in 2013, Gov. Cuomo announced Charge NY. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership. There are already more than 500 EV charging stations around the state. Through the efforts of Charge NY, the state expects the number of EVs in the state to increase to as many as 40,000 by 2018, and a million by 2025. To give a little insight into how EV charging sites are selected, National Grid

reached out to business owners, government officials, schools, retail establishments and entertainment venues. Hundreds of sites were researched and evaluated. Of the final tally, almost one-third of the sites are in relation to colleges or universities, giving insight into where the forward energy thinking is headed. EVs lower the average fuel cost of transportation from $0.15 per mile to $0.03 or less per mile, reduce the environmental impact of driving and increase our national energy independence. EVs are more efficient and cleaner, and they reduce petroleum consumption to gaspowered vehicles. About ChargePoint ChargePoint is the largest online network of

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The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball programs have come to an end, as both of them lost to Sherman Wildcats. The girls lost in the quarterfinals at Sherman. The team was led by sophomore Marissa Hamilton and junior Kara Conroy. Eighth grader Evelyn Cortez, who was moved up to varsity for playoffs, chipped in 10 points in her first game at the varsity level. The team is graduating seniors Michaela Pierce, Becca Golley, Julia Schwartz, Liz Wendel and Chantel Perez. The team has a promising future ahead of them and is returning a core group of starters! The boys fared a little better making it to the Section 6 Class

D semifinals at JCC. It was a close game for the first half of the game, but in the end, Sherman was too much for the Eagles as they pulled away to the victory. Sherman is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class D boys’ basketball. The boys beat Pine Valley for the third time this year to advance to the semis but just could not match up. The team is losing seniors Cameron Wilson, Dylan Paprocki, Tanner Gregory, Cory Tomblin and John Alzate. This team too looks for promise as it returns a core of its younger players — Tommy Easton, Phalla Musall and Cole Lapi. The ECS alpine ski team and Courtney Scanlon are off

to States this weekend! Good Luck, ECS! Don’t forget ECLV Little League signups! Come on out and play some baseball and softball! ECS youth basketball has come to a close as well, and the kids had a great season. The third and fourth graders finished with victories over Salamanca’s teams, as did the fifth and sixth grade boys. The fifth and sixth grade girls also finished their first season with strong wins over Salamanca. The kids would like to thank Dawn Rowland and Shana Chudy for all of their dedication and hard work this season!

2 ECS Board Seats Open Nominating petitions for two open seats on the Ellicottville Central School District Board of Education are available in the district office, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday-Friday when school is in session. The annual election will be held May 20. Petitions must be filed with the District Clerk by 5 p.m. on April 21, and must be qualified voters and meet prescribed requirements. Candidates with the two highest vote tallies will each serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2019. Call (716) 699-2368 for more information.

Zoning Board of Appeals Village of Ellicottville, New York Notice of Public Hearing Pursuant to Section 7-728 of the NYS Village Law, a public hearing before the Village of Ellicottville Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will be held on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the Ellicottville Town Hall, 1 West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York to consider: Zoning Board of Appeal Application No. ZBA-2014-01 An application by John Canavan (owner) of 5 Elizabeth Street for an Area Variance of the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirement for platted lots in the Village of Ellicottville as established for the Village Residential (VR) zoning district as defined by Section 3A.2.C.6 of the Village Zoning Local Law of 2012. The purpose for this Area Variance request is to allow for the construction of an accessory structure (garage) located at 5 Elizabeth Street. The proposed FAR would be 30 percent to the allowable 20 percent for lots under 15,999 square feet. Application materials are available for review from the Village of Ellicottville Building Inspector/ Code Enforcement Officer at the Department of Public Works Building, 9 Mill Street from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., weekdays. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear all interested persons with regard to this application at the public hearing. Persons wishing to do so may submit written comments at or prior to the hearing. Mary J. Klahn, Village Clerk

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“On Such A Full Sea”

by Chang-Rae Lee In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class—descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China—find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement. In this world lives Fan, a female fish-tank diver, who leaves her home in the B-Mor settlement (once known as Baltimore), when the man she loves mysteriously disappears. Fan’s journey to find him takes her out of the safety of B-Mor, through the anarchic Open Counties, where crime is rampant with scant governmental oversight, and to a faraway charter village, in a quest that will soon become legend to those she left behind. This book is currently available at the Ellicottville Library in book format only. Stop in and check out our selection of over 8,400 items in our adult fiction and nonfiction sections.

PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Great Valley invites the submission of sealed bids for the mowing and maintenance of the four Town cemeteries known as Sugartown, Willoughby, Chamberlain and KillBuck along with the Town Hall lawn and Memorial Park. All properties should be included as one bid for the growing season beginning April 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014. Candidates must provide proof of liability insurance upon bid acceptance. Bids must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by 12:00 pm, March 10, 2014. The Town of Great Valley reserves the right to refuse any and/or all bids.

PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Great Valley will conduct a Public Hearing on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Great Valley Town Hall, located at 4808 Route 219, Great Valley, to hear all comments regarding proposed Local Law Number One, 2014 adopting New York State Property Maintenance Code. A full text of the proposed Local Law is available for inspection at the office of the Great Valley Town Clerk.

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Attention Uninsured Women 40 and Over There will be a free Cancer Screening Day at Olean General Hospital and the Cattaraugus County Health Department on March 10, 2014, for women 40 and older who are uninsured. For those who qualify, the free screenings include a mammogram at Olean General Hospital, and a Pap test and clinical breast exam at the Cattaraugus County Health Department. You must enroll prior to the screening with the Cancer Services Program of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. For further information or to set up for your free screenings, call (585) 593-4839.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR A Calendar of Events for Ellicottville and the Surrounding Communities February 28 A new exhibition, Inked 6:00pm - 8:00pm CCAC and JCC invite the public to the opening reception at the Center Gallery on JCC’s Olean Campus and runs through April 10. 716-372-7455 February 28 Holiday Valley’s Telestock Day 2014 City Garage’s telemark demo equipment, clinics and a cookout at the Champagne Sundeck. www.holidayvalley.com March 1 Ken Brown 700 Club Fundraiser Noon at the Yodeler Shelter, Holiday Valley March 1-2 Trappers Special Dog Sled Races at Allegany State Park Sled dog teams fcompete on the parks snow covered trails. Quaker Area, Camp Turner.

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March 8-9 Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival 2014 Cookout, parade down Mardi Gras, face painting and fun! www.holidayvalley.com March 8 Ellicottville’s 2014 Mardi Gras Parade 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Get your costumes and beads ready for one of the zaniest parades ever. www.ellicottvilleny.com March 16 WNY EquiFest Western New York’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering. www.wnyequifest.com March 22 Holiday Valley’s Spring Pond Skimming Party 2014 Who wouldn’t want to race down a ski slope into an icy pond? Whether you get wet or just watch, it is FUN ! www.holidayvalley.com

April 11-13 Greater Olean Area Home Show 716-372-4433 April 11-13 Enchanted Mountain Music Festival at Holiday Valley Holiday Valley Resort presents the Mountain Music Festival, a 3-day bluegrass music festival with workshops and concerts. 716-699-2345 April 12 Springville Center for the Arts Nick Kody and the Creek Road Band Tickets $8 pre-sale $10 at door www.springvillearts.org 716-592-9038 If you have an event for our community calendar please email jennie@ ellicottvilletimes.com, or call 716-699-4062. Thank you.

Movie Night – “Frozen” will be shown on the large projector screen in the Community Room of the library on Friday, March 21st at 6:30 pm. Come join us for a family-friendly evening where admission, popcorn and a drink are all free! This movie is rated PG. Tax Forms – Most of the frequently used NYS and Federal tax forms and instruction booklets are now available at the library! Night Sky Classes – the following two classes to be held in March: Let’s Talk Telescopes --- This class is for you if you’ve ever thought about owning a telescope, if you have a telescope that is gathering dust instead of star light or if you’re just plain curious about these magnificent instruments. This class will meet on Wednesday March 12th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no fee. Meteors, Meteorites, Craters And Comets --- Do rocks really fall from the heavens? Do you know the answer? We’ll be talking about “shooting stars” and meteorites as well as those beautiful, however infrequent, visitors to our part of the solar system, comets. This class will meet at the library on Wednesday March 26th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. There is no fee These classes have filled quickly in past years so register early. If significant waiting lists develop every attempt will be made to offer repeat classes during April. e-Books available at the library – Did you know that e-Books are now available through the library. All you need is a library card and a computer. Browse through over 6,800 e-Book titles and download (for free) onto a compatible computer or device. Stop or call the library for more details on this exciting technology. Book Club - meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm. The March 12th book is “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini. Contact Bev Webster at 945-4089 for more information. New members are always welcome to join this relaxed and informal group! Rare Book Sale – Looking for a special book for the reader in your family? Come check out our rare book sale. Books are priced $5.00 to $40.00 with values researched from $20.00 to $300.00! Story time is every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. www.evml.org – check out our website for more information on new arrivals of books, coming events and classes, and browse the system catalog for books, eBooks and movies.

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Religious Services Holy Name Of Mary RC Church, Ellicottville 20-22 Jefferson St., 699-2592 Sat. Vigil Mass 4pm & 5:30pm Sun. Holy Mass 8am &10:30am St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellicottville Washington and Jefferson Sts. 945-1820 Services 5pm Sat St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ellicottville 6360 Rt. 219 East, 699-2265 Worship Sat 5pm, Sun 10:30am Sun Sch. & Adult Bible Study 9am

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First Baptist Church, Great Valley 5049 Rt.219, 945-4629 Sun Sch. 9:30am Worship 10:45am & 6:30pm United Methodist Church, Great Valley 5242 Rt. 219, 945-4375 Sun Sch. 10am, Worship 11am Solomon’s Porch Ministries, Mansfield 7705 Toad Hollow Rd, 257-9138 Sat 7pm, Sun 10am Grace Bible Baptist, Mansfield 7968 Reed Hill Rd 257-3645 Sun Sch 10am, Sun Worship 11:0am & 6pm Wed Bible study/prayer srv 7pm

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FLITE Team Results at NY/PA Championships by Sean Crotty

HoliMont FLITE Team athletes have been working all season to qualify for championship events, which kicked off Feb. 24. In our B athlete lineup, 32 of our 39 athletes qualified for the NY/PA Championship, which will be held this weekend at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pa. Many of our athletes are at the top of the standings in their respective disciplines. Females: Elissa Cole, Moguls Tied 1st, Aerials 2nd; Lexi Crotty, Moguls Tied 1st, Aerials 6th and Slopestyle 3rd; Marissa Vasatka, Moguls 6th; Magdeline Vasatka, Moguls 7th; Kenedy Cooper, Moguls 8th; Alliy Hansen, Moguls 18th, Aerials 8th and

Slopestyle 6th; Emma Hawkes, Moguls 20th; Hayleigh Holland, Moguls 28th, Aerials 12th and Slopestyle 5th; and Riley Morrell, Moguls 37th and Aerials 23rd. Males: Parker Johnston, Moguls Tied 1st, Aerials 2nd and Slopestyle Tied 1st; Lucas Goodin, Moguls 9th, Aerials 5th and Slopestyle 23th; Jared Smolinski, Moguls 12th, Aerials 16th and Slopestyle 20th; Sean Ryan, Moguls 13th, Aerials 16th and Slopestyle 14th; Spencer Williams, Moguls 16th and Slopestyle 9th; Evan Dermott, Moguls 18th, Aerials 15th and Slopestyle 21st; Reese Cooper, Moguls 20th; Ryan Henri, Moguls 25th and Slopestyle 24th; Travis Goodin, Moguls 34th and Slopestyle 28th;

Joseph Voelkl, Moguls 40th and Aerials 25th; Mitchell Wayland, Moguls 42nd, Aerials 29th and Slopestyle 18th; Jake Wayland, Moguls 43rd, Aerials 25th and Slopestyle 18th; RJ Cancilla, Moguls 47th and Aerials 27th; Brandon Crotty, Moguls 52nd, Aerials 21st and Slopestyle 35th; Calvin Elliott, Moguls 60th; Matthew Voelkl, Moguls 62nd and Aerials 33rd; Jack Rath, Moguls 64th and Aerials 28th; Cameron Evans, Moguls 65th; Michael Kennedy, Moguls 75th and Aerials 26th; Colin Woodrow, Moguls Tied 1st and Aerials 38th; Griffen Hansen, Aerials 4th and Slopestyle 2nd; Nicholas Ennis, Slopestyle 31st; and Preston Read, Slopestyle 34th.

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year, one or more teams from the school have advanced to the state competition in Binghamton. In 2005, a team of fourth and fifth graders made it to the World Finals in Colorado. Then last year, the school have advanced to the state competition in Binghamton. In 2005, a team of fourth and fifth graders made it to the World Finals in Colorado. Then last year, the high school team followed their lead by making it to World Finals at Michigan State University. All this success, no doubt, is the reason there are six teams this year, compared to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five. This year, 20 fourth and fifth graders are divided into three elementary teams. Eleven sixth graders and one eighth grader make up the two middle school teams. The high school group is made up of six students in grades 9-12. According to Colleen Bower, who teaches kindergarten at ECS and is serving again as the Odyssey of the Mind coordinator, teams are made up of students in good academic standing who have been recommended for the program by their teachers. The teams selected four of the six problems that were devised by the international OM organization. One of the elementary teams, coached by Caitlin Keller with assistance from 12th graders Izzy Brown and McKenzie Robinson (both members of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school team), will be solving a problem called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Stackable Structure.â&#x20AC;? This problem requires teams to â&#x20AC;&#x153;design and

build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure. Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights and Earth into the theme of its performance. FYI, NASA is the international sponsor of this problem! One elementary team (coached by Laurie Caldwell) and one middle school team (coached by JoAnn Kurtis) each will be addressing a problem called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Not-SoHaunted House,â&#x20AC;? in which the teams will â&#x20AC;&#x153;create and present an original performance that includes a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pop-up-styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; notso-haunted â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; where four special effects take place. The intent of the special effects will be to scare others, but they will produce a different result instead. The performance will include at least one character that experiences the special effects and a narrator who relays the experiences to the audience. It will also include a surprise ending. The special effects will be scored for originality and engineering.â&#x20AC;? The third elementary team coached by Melissa Block and the other middle school team coached by Aimee Kilby are working on creative solutions to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing is Believingâ&#x20AC;?

problem. In this problem, â&#x20AC;&#x153;teams are to create and present an original performance about a community that feels threatened by something in a location it has never visited. The community townspeople will use a creative method to select one or more Travelers to visit and explore the location. While at the location, a Traveler will use a means of communication to send a message home to convince the community that there is nothing to fear. The performance will also include a narrator character, two rhymes about the travels and a moving set piece.â&#x20AC;? The high school team, being coached by Zachary DeChane, is tackling â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Test,â&#x20AC;? for which the team must â&#x20AC;&#x153;design, build and drive a vehicle that will travel a course where a student driver attempts to complete tasks in order to pass a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test. The vehicle will travel using one propulsion system and then travel in reverse using a different propulsion system. The vehicle will encounter a directional signal and have a Global Positioning System (GPS) that talks to the driver. The team will create a theme for the presentation that incorporates the vehicle, a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test, a student and the talking GPS.â&#x20AC;? If any (or all!) of these teams advance from the regional competition, they will move on to the state finals in Binghamton in April, and then, potentially, to the World Finals at Iowa State University in May.

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HoliMont A Team Shines from Coast to Coast by Sean Crotty

FLITE Team athletes representing our A contingent were at Eastern Freestyle A Championships in Sunday River Maine, as well as at NorAm Championships in Vail, Colo. Maggie Ryan topped the podium at A Champs in Sunday River on Feb. 22 over a field of 31 females from Eastern Freestyle competing on Tempest. The invite-only event, based on the seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results, is the final event for the 2014 Eastern Championship Series. Congratulations to Maggie on her success! Unfortunately, Maggie got the flu and had to withdraw from Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dual Mogul Championships. Bluebird skies over Cookshack at Vail prevailed for the Nor-Am Championship, Feb. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;23, where 62 male athletes from eight countries

competed for the Nor-Am Cup. HoliMont FLITE Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robbie Andison was one of the 62 athletes representing Canada. In Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Individual Males event, Robbie Andison was the youngest male in the Top 20, finishing an impressive 8th place in the highly competitive event with some very high-profile athletes

competing. In Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dual Mogul format, Robbie managed to string together a run to finish in 12th place in the field of 59 athletes. Unfortunately, his close first round dual loss signaled the end of his day. Congratulations Robbie on your continued success and climb up the international ladder!


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