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DECEMBER 20-26, 2013

Ways to Enjoy E’ville Over the Holiday Break

Calendar of Events December 21 Demo Day Holiday Valley December 27-31 Youth Ski Camps, Holiday Valley December 31 New Year’s Eve Party & Torchlight Parade Holiday Valley

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January 1-31 National Learn a Snowsport Month

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January 2-7 Canadian Friendship Week

The holiday break is here! How will you spend the last days of 2013? While many people can’t get enough skiing and shopping, others might like at least a one-day hiatus from the hustle and bustle of the ski slopes and shops. Luckily, the region is brimming with many other great places to spend the holiday break time off. X-C, Snowshoeing and Hiking Getting out for a hike on foot or on snowshoes, or maybe a cross-country ski trek, are great ways to burn off some of those holiday calories. Both snowshoes and crosscountry skis can be rented from Mud, Sweat N’ Gears and The City Garage in the village, as well as from Holiday Valley and HoliMont, and trail maps can be purchased at Ellicottville Bike and Bean, with all proceeds of map sales supporting WNYMBA (Western New York Mountain Biking Association). Showshoeing is an easy winter sport to pick up, and if you find that it’s your thing, you can explore the groomed trails at Holiday Valley’s SnowPine Village and see the ski resort from a different perspective. Allegany State Park (ASP) is another great option for snowshoeing, offering miles

January 3-5 Bag Jump, Holiday Valley January 3-4 Winter Blues Weekend Ellicottville January 5 SkiScape HoliMont January 25 Harley-Day Valley Holiday Valley January 25-26 Greater Olean Sports & Outdoor Recreation Show February 7-8 AMSOIL Seneca Allegany Snocross February 15 Boarding for Breast Cancer Holiday Valley February 15 Moonlight Snowshoe Tour Griffis Sculpture Park February 22 Penguin Paddle Holiday Valley March 6 Ski Day for United Way HoliMont March 8-9 Mardi Gras & Winter Carnival

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Town Board Considers Scenic Byway Along 219 Reports Higher Sales Tax Revenues By Jann Wiswall

Ellicottville Town Supervisor John Jo Burrell opened the Dec. 18 town to board meeting with some good news. ne By the end of the third quarter, the th town had already received sales tax ta revenues in the amount the town had ha budgeted for the entire year. This means m sales taxes received during the th fourth quarter are unexpected revenues. re Burrell suggested that the th board consider setting up one

or more capital accounts for those funds once they are received. Scenic Byway Burrell also reported on a meeting hosted by the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), a non-profit organization that spearheaded the formation of a state-authorized, 71mile loop connecting Orchard Park, East Aurora and Springville. This See Town Board page 11

Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company

$3,500Donation to Project Christmas Pictured are Kim Watt, ECS Project Christmas coordinator, receiving a check for $3,500 from Clarence Bickell, president of the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company. The Great Valley Fire Company has always supported Project Christmas.

Started in 1967, Project Christmas has been bringing Christmas to families and senior citizens in the Ellicottville Central School District who need a little extra help with clothing and food around the holidays. The effort is run entirely by volunteers.

Project Christmas has grown to include over 50 families and 65 senior citizens this year. ECS junior and senior students volunteer their time to distribute donations on Dec. 20 in time for Christmas. Each year, a member of the Great Valley Fire Company brings the motion to the fire company members to vote to approve donations. This year’s donation was brought up to the membership for a vote at their monthly meeting in December, and the membership voted to donate $3,500 to Project Christmas. The funds come from proceeds generated through the fire company’s major fundraiser, the Great Valley Regatta. The entire $3,500 will be put towards this year’s project.

ECS School Board Considers Sports Mergers JCC Online College-Level Courses Approved By Jann Wiswall

Superintendent of Schools Mark Ward discussed the potential for sports mergers with the school board at its Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting. Sports being considered for mergers include varsity football and volleyball. The subject has been brought

up at previous meetings and with the public on several occasions, but Ward has since had conversations with other school districts that might be a good fit for Ellicottville. One discussion was held with officials from Cattaraugus/ Little Valley schools. This centered on potentially

merging both varsity football and volleyball. It was quickly determined that merging football with Catt/LV would put the team into Class C. Ward and ECS coaches rejected that idea. “We didn’t think that would be in the best interest of our See ECS Sports Mergers page 8

Village Eliminates Constable Position for FY 2014 By Jann Wiswall

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs and avoid increasing taxes, the Ellicottville Village Board has abolished the position of village constable effective June 1, 2014. Policing of the village will be performed by the Town of Ellicottville’s Police Department. Elimination of the position will save the village $70,000– $80,000 per year or more, according to board member Greg Cappelli.

Finding ways to cut the budget is an annual task, but with increases in the costs of insurance, pensions, workers compensation, sand, salt and most other materials needed to keep the village running, this year’s cuts were especially important. “We don’t want the burden of these cost increases to be on the backs of our residents through taxes, so we had to look at cuts,” Mayor Charles Coolidge explained. Cappelli and Deputy Mayor

Bob Brogcinski were asked by the Coolidge to review the proposed 2014 budget. They looked into eliminating the constable position after noting considerable duplication of services. After meeting with Town Supervisor John Burrell, they became confident that the town police department would be able to effectively handle the responsibility without any disruption of service or citizen safety. “The town has always See Village Constable page 10

Mansfield Board

Revised Building Fee Schedule Approved By Jann Wiswall

The Town of Mansfield board approved a revised fee schedule for building applications and related permits at its monthly meeting on Dec. 16, 2013. The revised fee structure was prepared by the town’s

Planning Board. The board added a junkyard fee to the proposed list. After some discussion, an increase from $100 to $500 for new junkyards and for annual renewals was approved by a vote of 3-2, with board members James Hammond and

Robert Schmidt in dissent. The board also discussed the planning board’s proposed fee for a “permit after construction has started.” The fee of “$100 plus two times the permit cost” is intended as a deterrent to starting construction without a See Mansfield Board page 10

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Congratulations to our local winners Drew Flick, Mason Perks, Keelin Finn, Jordan O’Connell, Justin Imhoff, Adam Delity and Emily Ginnilli .Their work was chosen from over 250 entries to be exhibited in the K-5 Juried Exhibition at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University. This year’s theme of the show is titled “Under the Sea,� and the show will be on display through the month of December. The opening for the exhibition was Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the atrium of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The tree lighting ceremony of the university Christmas tree took place at 6 p.m. Each winner received two free tickets to Charles Dickens’ classic, “A

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the gorge and stop at a rustic cabin for refreshments. To make a reservation, call (716) 532-5859 or visit www. The Crosspatch in Salamanca also offers old fashioned, horse drawn sleigh rides now through late February, weather permitting. For more information, call 716 938-6313. Bowling and Pizza Of course, sometimes you just want a break from the outdoors entirely. And when that happens, look no further than EVL Bowling, located at 2 Bristol Lane, right in the village of Ellicottville. EVL Bowling offers eight lanes, big screen TVs and open bowling from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, and from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (reservations on weekends are recommended). In addition to bowling, patrons can enjoy a variety of new arcade games and a new photo booth, complete with props, for loads of indoor fun! While you’re there, grab a slice of pizza or a delicious sub at Tim & Bonnie’s, which is conveniently attached to EVL Bowling. With so many options for so many fun activities in and around Ellicottville, it’s hard to decide what to do first. Whatever you decide, enjoy the winter wonderland and the down time with friends and family. You’ll be sure to make memories that will last well beyond the end of the year!

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An Incredible Opening for HoliMont HoliMont Ski Area officially opened for the 2013-14 ski season last Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 days earlier than last year’s Christmas Day opening. Before the ticket office was open, HoliMont members and guests were in the chalet getting their gear on and talking about everything from what they did over the summer to how excited they were to be getting back out on the slopes. Shortly after 8 a.m., there were people in line at Exhibition Express waiting to be the first ones out on the slopes, and at 8:30 a.m. the first chair of the season was filled and people were ecstatically on their way to the top. And just like that, the 2013-14 ski season was underway! Hoots and hollers could be heard echoing throughout the valleys as the first tracks of the season were carved into the Exhibition slope. Everyone was in fantastic spirits. At approximately 9 a.m., the Cascade lift opened up, which gave everyone access to more terrain and thus even more excitement out on the slopes. With roughly 10 slopes open for the day, there was ample terrain for people to start getting their skiing/riding legs back under them. As of Wednesday, 15 slopes were open with more to come.

“Mother Nature is certainly being kind to Ellicottville right now,” said Dash Hegeman, HoliMont marketing director. “Right now we’ve got trails closed off so that we can keep the snow guns on them and build up a great base as quickly as possible, and in the meantime, all of this natural snow is doing an excellent job of getting people excited about the start of the season. At the rate we are going, we plan to have all lifts and the majority of the slopes open for the Christmas week, which is something that we’re thrilled about.” HoliMont is looking forward to a great winter season here in Ellicottville. Please be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check out our blog at blog. There’s always plenty of activity going on at HoliMont and the photographic moments are plentiful, so keep your social media channels tuned to HoliMont. And if you’re here, feel free to use #holimont2014 when tagging your pictures. Thanks!

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The beautiful HoliMont Ski Resort in Ellicottville, N.Y., will once again host the 16th Annual Kids Escaping Drugs SkiScape. The Jan. 5, 2014, event will feature skiing, snowboarding, and an acoustic performance by Jay McDonnell. Interested participants can enter races and everyone is invited to cheer on the firefighter competition. Teams from volunteer fire companies will compete in full

firefighting gear as they race downhill. A minimum donation of $60, which can be done in pledges, is required to participate and includes an all-day lift ticket, T-shirt and lunch. The Eastern Hills Mall will be giving gift cards to any participant who raises $100 or more. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign, which supports Renaissance

Campus, a residential treatment facility for teenagers suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. The campus consists of five buildings with a total of 62 patient beds. Renaissance House is a 30-bed, in-patient treatment facility for boys ages 12-17; Stepping Stones is a 16-bed, in-patient facility for girls ages 12-21; and Promise House is our 16-bed, inpatient facility for boys ages 18-21. SkiScape is presented by Eastern Hills Mall, West Herr Automotive Group, Keller Brothers & Miller, CocaCola Bottling Co. of Buffalo, Erie Community College, EnergyMark LLC, Channel 2 On Your Side, 96.1 JOY FM, First Student, Metro Group, Inc., AdPro Sports and Rich Products. For more information or to register, please call the office at (716) 827-9462.

Did you know there’s an information call centre available at this time of year known as the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line? Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, 50 professionally trained home economists offer North American callers tips on cooking turkeys. Apparently, not every family chef has the talent or the recipe to deliver a turkey from freezer to oven to Christmas table in mouthwatering, crispy-skinned perfection. Some map out a different route for the holiday bird like from freezer to sauna, to car’s overheated manifold to garbage disposal to: “Hello Ming, could I have the ‘Dinner for 24 Special’ with extra fortune cookies?” Many questions asked of the hotline staff are ... how can I say this ... okay, insane. Like the woman in Kentucky who phoned the hotline to ask how to get her pet Chihuahua out of the turkey. She tried shaking the turkey and pulling the dog’s legs but nothing worked. The hotline person walked her through the process of carefully cutting the cavity into a larger opening in order to let the dog out. Or the young mother who failed to notice her kids parking their toy cars in the cavity of the oven-ready turkey until the bird had been roasted. Her question was: “Do you think a plastic stuffing could be harmful if we don’t actually eat the plastic itself?” My answer would have been: “No, any toxins from plastic can be neutralized by adding wood chips.” One caller said: “I’m really in trouble. I made a mess of this thing!”

Hotline staffer: “Tell me, what state is your turkey in?” Caller: “Florida.” One angry request from a caller: “No, I said ‘boat’ not ‘float.’ Put me through to the gravy department.” The following are actually questions to the turkey hotline; the answers I made up. Question: “If I carve the turkey up with a chainsaw, would there be a problem with the motor oil?” (Not just an ‘actual’ question from a man but the ‘most often asked’ question from men.) Answer: “No problem. And if it’s the four-cycle engine oil and you add mashed cranberries, it makes for a real nice reduction.” Question: “I heard if you put popping corn in the turkey’s cavity you can tell it’s done when you hear the popping.” Answer: “If you do not have a meat thermometer, this is the method we recommend. Four handfuls of popping corn in the hole and when the popcorn blows the ass-end off the bird, she’s good to go!” Question: “I’m carving the turkey and it doesn’t have any breast meat.” Answer: “Your turkey is upside down.” Question: “My turkey wouldn’t fit in the freezer so I buried it in the snow bank and it’s still snowing and I can’t find it.” Answer: “If you don’t own a pitch fork or one of those flesh magnets, tell your neighbours you want to take their dog for a walk. He’ll find it. And he’ll like it. Bring a stick.” Question: “Can I brine my turkey in the washing machine?” Answer: “No, but you can

tenderize it in the dryer.” Question: “I know it’s 4 hours at 325° for a 15 lb. turkey but I’m in a hurry. Can I cook the turkey in half the time if I put the oven on a cleaning cycle? Answer: “Yes, and the turkey will self-clean along with the oven.” Question: “The directions say to roast the turkey, but my oven only has ‘bake’ or ‘broil.’ Which one do I use?” Answer: “Both. You need to cook the turkey with what we call the ‘switch roast method.’ Stand at the oven and switch the dial from bake to broil to bake every two minutes.” Question: “I’m having a lot of people over for Christmas dinner. Where can I get a 36-pound turkey?” Answer: “A 36-pound bird is not a turkey. It’s an ostrich. Plucking a bird this size can be a real problem unless you kill it first.” Question: “Where can I find my turkey’s serial number?” Answer: “It’s under the turkey’s back bumper next to the blinker.” Best question ever: “Martha here, how big a turkey should I get for 1,500 hungry, female cons?” Answer: “Have you thought about a pride of ostriches?” Needless to say, many of the 1,800 calls are referred to 911. For comments, ideas and copies of “The True Story of Wainfleet,” go to www.

An Out-of-This-World Gift: A Mission to Mars On Jan. 25, 2014, a footballfree Saturday, The Challenger Learning Center will open its doors for one simulated Mission to Mars for adults and teens (7th grade and up). Liftoff takes place at 4 p.m. and the mission ends at 6:30 p.m. The astronauts on the mission will use smarts, wits and teamwork to successfully navigate through space challenges and safely land their craft on Mars. A Martian

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celebration will follow, with light refreshments and snacks. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. This mission is limited to 30 people, so reserve your spot today by calling The Challenger Learning Center at (716) 379-8686 (leave a message and Santa’s helpers will get back to you), or email Payment preferred at time of reservation. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Payments can be mailed to 182 East Union Street, Suite 2, Allegany, NY, 14706. Need something for under the tree? Stop in at The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center, 182 E. Union St. in Allegany (next to the UPS mailing center) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., now through Dec. 20, to pick up your Commemorative Mission NASA patch or collect yours the afternoon of the mission!

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Ski Holiday Valley Free Ski and Snowboard Clubs Come with Money-Saving Perks Most of us have 10 adult friends who love skiing or snowboarding, so why not create a club and reap some added benefits — free skiing and riding, lodging and shopping credits. “We try to make starting a club simple and easy,” said Fred Graham, Ski Club sales manager at Holiday Valley. “At Holiday Valley, we know about ski clubs as we have been working with them since 1961! “ Holiday Valley’s list ski and snowboard clubs include school, college, corporate, community, church and other organizations. Why not explore the option of starting your own club? Graham said, “Starting your own Ski & Board Club is easy, and anyone that enjoys skiing and boarding at Holiday Valley can start their own. All you need is to get at least 10 people to buy any of our multiweek programs (White Card, PickA-Night Passes, Flexi Night or Sunday Xpress), and by starting a club, your members will be getting their passes at a

discounted rate!” Multiweek programs provide great flexibility for busy schedules and are also the best value for season-long skiing and riding — programs can start as low as $9 per visit. Eight group ski or snowboard lessons are included in the Pick- A-Night, Flexi Night, and White Card Programs and you can also sign up for optional equipment rental. “Many of or our corporate and adult clubs start as a way to get family, friends and employees involved in a healthy outdoor activity during the winter months. Getting everyone out on the slopes provides a venue for people to enjoy the winter days, create some great memories, and, for corporations, allows coworkers to bond outside of work,” said Graham. As a club advisor, once you start a club at Holiday Valley, you begin earning Advisor Credits for every pass your sell! The more members and passes, the more Advisor Incentives that translate into more free skiing and riding for themselves, friends and


families. Holiday Valley also throws advisor parties twice a year to give them a chance to meet other advisors, celebrate a great season and to just kick up their heels and enjoy all Holiday Valley has to offer! Voted fifth in the East, Holiday Valley offers 58 slopes including trails and glades and parks, with an interesting variety of terrain, from easy to expert. Can’t ski during the day? Then take advantage of night skiing on 37 lit trails open until 10 p.m. every night. Holiday Valley’s state-of-theart snowmaking and grooming system mean you can count on great snow conditions all season long. You can rent the latest ski and snowboard equipment, relax in gorgeous base lodges, take lessons from friendly and knowledgeable professional instructors — all at affordable rates. For more information about starting adult or school clubs, visit and search for “advisor page,” or call Fred Graham at (716) 699-3938. A

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In youth sports over the weekend, the Ellicottville YMCA basketball teams finished 1-2 with the 8-9 year olds losing a hard-fought battle to Olean. The team was led by Logan Grinols and Owen Chudy. The 10-11 year old team lost a tough game and was led by Braedyn Palmatier, Wyatt Chudy, Jordan Grinols, Linnea and Leif Jimmerson, and Harrison Newark. The 1213 year olds kept their record unblemished as they won again and were led by Mitchell Sexton, Evan Palmatier, Hunter O’Stricker and Steven Rowland. The Ellicottville Youth Wrestling Club took to the tournament circuit over the past weekend and fared pretty well at the Salamanca tourney. Noah Morlock and Xander Ireland took second place overall in their weight class, while Zac Clark, Sean Crowley earned third places, and Aidan Harrington took fourth place, respectively in their weight classes. Noah Morlock also finished in second place on Saturday at the Conneaut Lake, Pa., tourney on Saturday.

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basketball team has run their record to 2-2 with wins over Cattaraugus/Little Valley and a decisive win over Class B Southwestern, who earlier this season beat the Eagles by 30 points, the team has been led by junior Phalla Musall, sophomore Tommy Easton and senior Dylan Paprocki. The varsity boys will be playing in the Franklinville holiday tournament over Christmas Break as well. The JV boys’ team has also run their record to 2-2 with wins over Cattaraugus/ Little Valley and Fillmore. The team has been led by eighth graders Austin Grinols and Griffin Chudy in the scoring department and getting balanced play from Robert Sawicki and Cameron Eddy and Dylan Sherman. The ECS alpine ski team will be fielding a team of six young skiers this year and their first meet will be Jan. 7 at Swain Ski Resort. The team is being coached again by Kelly Fredrickson. This is the second year for the team and the only one in the Southern Tier! Youth Sports

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ECS Sports The ECS girls’ and boys’ varsity bowling team has rolled into their seasons. The girl kegglers are off to a 6-6 start and led by Courtney Scanlon and Ashley Bognar, while the boys have yet to find the winning strike and are 0-12. This year’s team is being coached by Sandy Olson. The girls’ modified basketball team is off to a 7-2 start under the direction of Coach Tammy Eddy. This is a combined team of seventh and eighth grade girls. They have beaten West Valley, Cattaraugus/Little Valley, Portville, Salamanca and Franklinville, with losses to Allegany-Limestone and Olean. The girls’ varsity and JV basketball teams have yet to play their second game due to weather and cancellations, but they will be taking part in Franklinville this Thursday and Saturday, and then the Jock Shop holiday tournament over the Christmas break at Jamestown Community College. The boys’ varsity

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Jefferson St. / Route 219

Dear Santa, Jeff here. You may remember me. I was born and raised in Alliance, Ohio, a mere 14 miles southeast of Canton, Ohio. One of three children. Grew up in a ranch-style home. My mother and father owned a bakery. Oh, now you remember? Of course you do. The cookies brought it all back, huh? Well, some time has passed and, well, I’m 40 years old this year. Life is moving along at a swift pace, and I just wanted to take a few minutes and g ive you my list for the year, a list that boarders on the impossible. But why break tradition, right? Adults are always asking for impossible, nearly unreachable, things. The children in our lives, more often than not, get what they want — that’s what makes childhood childhood and adulthood adulthood. Well, here goes, a modest list from a modest man. I’d like very much for the monster in the sky to put a stop to the snow machine — if only long enough so that I can pry the collected snow from my four wheel wells. Seriously, folks, I knew it snowed here, but I didn’t realize this is where snow for t he rest of the planet was manufactured. I’d like very much if the monster can hold the most snow for March, when my two sons visit me. I want very much for them to see what I’m complaining about and realize that I’m completely justif ied. I’d like very much if people, including myself, can pull their heads out of their own pride and vanity and realize that they are simply animals walking upright. I’d like very much if you can g ive me one full calendar year without automobile repairs of any kind. I’d like very much if you can g ive me more self-awareness and wisdom, and the peace of mind when I confront those matters I cannot change. I’d like very much if I can have another year with my dearest friend on this earth, Louis. In many years, he is the father I wish I would have had g rowing up. I’d like very much if you could g ive me back my imag ination. When I was young, it was my fuel and light. As the years have gone by, life has chipped away at my sense of wonder and possibility. I’m tired of being jaded. It’s been almost three weeks since I’ve smoked a cigarette. Three. Weeks. I don’t have to ask you what I wish for in this regard … I’d like very much for my health to continue as it’s been going, as well as for my friends and family. I’d like my g irlfriend to know that, in spite of everything, I do love her. A little luck. A little money. A little adventure. A few miracles. Maybe a road trip alone. And as much peace as the world can stand.

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Capture Holiday Memories with Photo Apps By Victoria Detmering

Gone are the days of forgetting your camera at that special event only to miss capturing an impromptu moment with family friends or loved ones. Now, it’s but a click away. Cell phones have replaced most of our traditional cameras and now feature high quality camera lenses and the most efficient photo apps. The holidays are one of those special times when you just want to share memories that you are making with the ones you love. With the dozens of different photo sharing apps now available, almost anyone can be a photographer and capture holiday moments. Many know of the popular app called Instagram, available for Apple products, Android camera phones and through a third-party app for Windows phones, in which you can change the filter of the photo you upload, add a caption and share it with your followers. It’s a huge favorite, but there are so many other photo applications that take it a step further. These are a few that I found especially interesting and innovative. Many of you might be familiar with the Flickr website, where you can upload

your photos and share them. Well, there is also a Flickr app and it’s free and available for iOS, Android and Windows. According to Forbes magazine, “It’s the best mobile photo app out there.” Flickr has many intriguing features including powerful editing tools such as customizable filters, zoom, exposure points and endless uploads at full resolution. You can even share straight from your phone. The next app is for the artsy, creative types who want to make their photos a bit more striking. The app, VSCO Cam is free and available for iOS and Android. It’s a very innovative way to enhance your pictures. There are dozens of filters you can choose from, and you can adjust the exposure and share your pictures easily. An interesting feature is that you can compare and contrast your original image with your edited version simply by holding the picture down. The app has great and inspiring stories and pictures in their journal section. This app is great for scenery shots, too. Another great feature is that when you post your photos and hashtag #vscocam, you automatically have a chance to be featured in their weekly selection.

If you’re looking for something a bit different for your photos try the app Over. Over is only $1.99 and available for iOS and Android. With this app you can add text and/or artwork to your photos. The app features standard and custom-made fonts and beautiful artwork. It’s very easy to use and you can immediately share your newly designed picture. This app could even be great for work instead of using Photoshop, for example. Finally, there is an app that’s great for the creative types who enjoy working with photos. It is called Tangent, costs $1.99 and is available for iOS and Android phones. You simply take a picture or use one that is already in your camera roll and let your imagination take over. There are 35 simple, customizable styles that combine shapes, patterns and blends them together perfectly. With all of these apps it will be hard not to have the best picture of that unforgettable moment. While you are walking around Ellicottville, which already looks like a postcard in the snow, why don’t you take a picture to capture that wonderful keepsake in time?

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HOLIDAY VALLEY - So Much To Do - So Much Fun!

New Year's Eve Celebration December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve at HolidayValley is a great way to celebrate with your family, friends or your sweetie! Ski until 10 PM, and then Cindy's lift is open until 11:00. If you're an intermediate skier or better, you can join in the torchlight parade, meet at the bottom of Cindy's at 11:00. The torchlight parade begins at 11:30, followed by a grand fireworks show that ends at midnight. Family friendly party on the first floor of the Holiday Valley Lodge featuring DJ John Barry, drink specials (and mocktails), holiday fun food and cheer. 2nd floor available for private parties, call 716-699-2010.

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On Friday December 13th, a group from the Cuba BOCES program traveled to Ellicottville for a field trip in the snow. Eleven students ventured to Woodard Road to cut down a tree at the Klahn residence as part of a Christmas unit. Students learned about different fir trees, cut down a tree and built a snowman or two. A great time was had by all!




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ECS School Mergers Continued from Front Page

athletes,” Ward said. “We want to stay in Class D.” Volleyball, however, is a different matter. ECS does not have enough players to field a fully competitive varsity team on its own, Ward explained, but “looking at who we do have, we can easily compete at the Class C level.” Another discussion was held with the Franklinville School District about merging football. ECS already has merged swimming and track teams with Franklinville. Ward believed this would be a better fit for Ellicottville’s football players since it would remain a Class D team. While ECS athletes may have to compete more to get on the field, Ward said, “competition is good for the kids – it makes them work harder.” High School Principal Bob Miller added that merging the varsity team also allows ECS to field a full JV football team. “We haven’t had enough kids to have both, so we’ve had to put younger kids on varsity who really aren’t ready. This would give them more time to

develop as players.” Franklinville does not have a volleyball team. ECS also is considering offering wrestling as a team sport in the future. Ward felt that Franklinville would be a good district for a merged team if this possibility becomes reality. Additional conversations with Catt/LV and Franklinville must be arranged to discuss the details and finances of these potential mergers, Ward said. He also explained that any agreement undertaken with other school districts would have to be multi-year arrangements. “That’s only fair to younger students and the coaching staffs,” he said. Plus, “once you do this, you need to stand by it, because it’s hard to go back.” He asked the board if it was comfortable with ECS staff continuing these discussions. The board was unanimously supportive of the idea and of the sports being considered for mergers. Following this discussion,

the board approved a contract with Windstream Communications to provide T1 and voice services, and approved a Memorandum of Understanding between ECS and the Ellicottville Teacher Association regarding contract language and the districtapproved APPR plan. The board also approved an agreement with Jamestown Community College (JCC) to provide College Connections Online courses to collegebound ECS students. JCC’s “concurrent enrollment” program allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to take college-level courses and earn college credit for just $39 per three-credit class. Not only do these classes help transition students to college level work, but it also demonstrates their commitment to advanced study to college admissions officers. The next meeting of the Ellicottville School Board will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.

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New Officers Elected at

Ellicottville Fire Company Installation Banquet

On Sat., Dec. 7, the Ellicottville Fire Department held its installation banquet. New officers elected are as follows: President, Jack Rogan; 1st VP, John Golley; 2nd VP, Paula Ayrhart; Secretary, Deb Fredrickson; Treasurer, Jim Golley ; Sgt At Arms, Paula Ayrhart; Chief, Tony Crowley; 1st Asst.Chief, Jim Golley; 2nd Asst. Chief, Jason Byrne; 3rd Asst. Chief, Dan Kruszynski; Fire Captain, Gene Raecher; 1st Asst. Fire Captain, John Golley; 2nd Asst. Fire Captain, Brian Fuller; Director 3yrs, Jack Rogan; Director 3 yrs, Ed Fredrickson; County Delegate, John Cady; Southwestern Delegate; Fire Police Captain, Dick Bowen. Our fire department responded to 129 fire calls in 2012. The Ellicottville/Great

Valley Ambulance transported and treated 319 patients. The outstanding firemen of the year were Rick and Glenda Jackson. Two 5 year service awards were given to Jessica and Nicole Gebauer. 10 year service awards went to Ed Welsh and Debbie Fredrickson. A 20 year service award went to Kevin Morton, a 30 year service award went to John Golley, and a 45 year service award went to Jack Rogan. A big thank you to all for their dedication of time and talents. The Ellicottville Fire Department would like to extend a thank you to the following local businesses and residents who contributed to the installation banquet by donating some wonderful door prizes and their year-round support:Holiday Valley, M & T

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Bank, Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc., Mud Sweat & Gears, Subway, Red Door Ski Shop, Dina’s, Kabobs, The Ellicottville Brewing Company, Watson’s Chocolates, Coffee Culture, Winery of Ellicottville, Balloons, The Purple Door Knob, Touch of Ellicottville, Weed Ross Agency, Gado Gado, Windgate, Tops, Five Star Bank, Dom’s Butcher Block, Madigans, Tips Up, Bikes & Bean, A New Beginning Massage, Alexandra, and The Depot. The Ellicottville Fire Department is accepting applications for new members. Our monthly meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 7:30pm. For more information, call 353-0354. Respectfully submitted by Jeanne M Brown

December 20-26, 2013

The Sports Medicine Doctor:

Safety and Injury Prevention in Downhill Skiers, Part I

By Andrew W. Gottschalk, M.D., Director of Sports Medicine Champion Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Cole Memorial Hospital

In my last column, I told the story of breaking my leg while downhill skiing. Some accidents are just that: accidents. That day on the mountain, no amount of advance preparation would have saved me. Fortunately for those of us who love the slopes, many injuries are preventable. Downhill skiing is work. When skiing, we endure tremendous physical forces in order to maintain stability and agility. Consequently, an essential step in injury prevention is keeping key muscle groups strong. Perhaps the most important muscles for skiers are the core muscles and the quadriceps. The core muscles are those that support the trunk and abdomen. Strengthening the core muscles improves posture and balance, thereby helping prevent falls. The quadriceps are the front muscles of the thigh and are the largest muscle group in humans. Their tremendous strength helps stabilize the hips and knees. The hips, and especially the knees, are some of the joints most commonly hurt by skiers, so maintaining quadriceps strength is fundamental in injury prevention. Heart (cardiovascular) fitness is just as important as key muscle group fitness. Even the strongest muscles rely on the heart’s ability to deliver oxygen rapidly and efficiently during periods of exercise. This ability is compromised under certain conditions like rapid changes in elevation. At higher elevations, air has less oxygen in it. When skiers who live in areas at lower elevations

(say, the Twin Tiers) attempt to ski at higher elevations (say, the Rocky Mountains), they find less oxygen. This lower oxygen concentration takes its toll on unprepared bodies and may result in decreased energy, lightheadedness or even headaches. These changes in alertness and energy can result in injury. When skiing at higher elevations, skiers should be aware that performance can be affected and so should alter their intensity accordingly. Along with healthy bodies, healthy equipment is also important in the prevention of injury. Well-fitted equipment is just as fundamental as having the right equipment. Ski boots should be snug but not too tight. A snug boot stabilizes the ankle and prevents injury, while a too tight boot may decrease blood circulation to the foot and toes. Make sure a professional checks your equipment for proper fit especially the first

time used. Rapid release bindings have saved many bones from fracture and many knees from ligament and cartilage trauma. It’s important to know that rapid release bindings only release the boot after a sudden, forceful impact. Therefore, a low velocity fall may not have enough force to release the boot from the binding and ski. Sometimes a hard kick after a slow fall will release the ski (you can come back for it later!) and prevent injury to the lower extremity that would otherwise occur. Shakespeare’s Hamlet tells us “the readiness is all.” He may as well have been talking about downhill skiing; being ready goes a long way towards injury prevention and safety. In the next column, we will continue our safety discussion and talk about topics including concussion prevention in skiers, and ways to prepare for the weather. A

Rev. William Kay Performs Last Worship Service Dec. 29 St. Paul’s Pastor to Retire By Mary Fox

The Reverend William L. Kay, with his wife Linda, came to Ellicottville in November 1987 to pastor St. Paul’s Church in Ellicottville and Trinity Lutheran Church in West Valley. Pastor Kay had been the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massena, N.Y., and also of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Potsdam, N.Y. Dorothy Ploetz, a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (since 1946 when her father moved here as the first full-time pastor), remembers, “several members of the congregation went to Potsdam, N.Y., to help them move. They lived in an apartment in Ellicottville until their home on Irish Hill was ready. Their daughter Hannah was born soon after their arrival.” “When Pastor Kay came to St. Paul’s, he made the church different,” said Marilyn Hintz, who grew up in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from when it stood on the corner of Elizabeth and Mechanic streets, “something other then what it always was. He brought a different perspective on worship. He slowly made some changes that gave the congregation more contemporary worship experiences while being careful not to upset the congregation.” “Pastor Kay helped make us (the congregation) people who liked to help people. Many don’t know how much the congregation was into itself. Pastor brought us out of that to go out and do something in the community,” she said. “Pastor made St. Paul’s doors open and welcoming,” said Deacon Julie Walter. “I was comfortable around Pastor

Kay and Linda right from the start. My husband and I

“Pastor Kay went quietly out into the community accepting all people and making himself available for their needs” tried different churches, but we found St. Paul’s the most accepting and welcoming without judgment but with hope.” “Pastor Kay went quietly out into the community accepting all people and making himself available for their needs,” said Dan Walter, president of the congregation of St. Paul’s. “How much he did in the community is something a lot of people don’t know about.” From previous experiences with law enforcement, Pastor Kay was asked to be the chaplain of the Western New York Police Association shortly after he moved back to Western New York. He has been with them for the past 26 years. He has also been the chaplain of the Cheektowaga Police and the West Valley Fire Department for the last 10 years. “I have had this sense of connection with law enforcement my entire ministry,” said Pastor Kay. “In every community in which I have served, there have been connections made with police officers. It has been very gratifying, as I have been involved with several incidents that were difficult.” Pastor Kay regularly made visits to nursing homes and when in the hospital, parishioners were visited by him with prayers and words of faith.

He has responded to car accidents and fire emergencies and, with the congregation, has helped many victims with fundraisers. Anita Campbell, a fairly new member, is grateful for how Pastor Kay embraced her and her family, visiting the hospital and helping the family cope with their loss during her husband’s illness and death. “He was so caring and it was such a comfort having him there with us,” she said. “I, as others, will miss him very much.” Pastor Jerry LaFever, retired minister of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Allegany, will be serving as interim pastor performing all the essential services needed by the congregation of St. Paul’s. “Pastor Kay is quick to say he is not ‘retiring’ from being a pastor. He doesn’t want to walk away from the congregation of St. Paul’s or the friends he has made in the community,” said Church Council member Andree McRae. “Pastor is hoping to keep in touch with those who want to maintain a relationship with him. He will fill in at other churches and take on some pastoral duties in his new community.” Linda Kay is retiring from the West Valley Central School’s business office after 22 years. They will be moving to the Rochester area the first of the year. Pastor Kay will be offering his last worship service at St. Paul’s on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. From 1–5 p.m., a reception will be held at the West Valley Memorial Fire Hall. All are welcome to join in the worship service and reception to wish them well.

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Geriatric Education for Rural Health Professionals The Healthy Community Alliance is partnering with The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to inform the community about Geriatric Education programs for rural health professionals. Beginning in January 2014, a Course and Certificate for Guided Care Nursing will be offered. This six-week online course, sponsored by The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, gives nurses the knowledge and skills needed to assess patient needs, monitor chronic conditions, and educate and empower patients to improve health and quality of life.

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Saturday, December 21 Boys Varsity Basketball Franklinville Tournament Girls Varsity Basketball Franklinville Tournament Friday, December 27 Girls Varsity Basketball Girls JV Basketball

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permit. Board member James Hammond felt the fee was too high, but Town Supervisor Bob Keis and board member Nancy Meeder both argued that people will be less likely to skirt local building laws if the fee is expensive. “Word will get out,” Meeder said, “so we won’t have to collect the fee more than a couple of times.” The board approved the revisions and the fee schedule by a vote of 4-1, with Hammond voting no. Street Lighting in Eddyville An ongoing topic of discussion by the board has been to consider a petition from 10 residents of the Hamlet of Eddyville asking the board to install two streetlights to improve visibility and safety

December 20 Mountain Coaster and Holiday Valley Tubing Co. Open for the Season December 20-21 “It’s A Wonderful Life” Radio Drama Live at SCA 8 pm both nights. WSPQ 1330AM. Tickets for the live performance at SpringvilleArts. org or by calling 716-592-9038 December 21 Demo Day at Holiday Valley December 21 Reindeer Day at the Salamanca Historical Museum Basket raffle, bake sale and more. Reindeer and Santa from 10 am to noon, open till 4 pm. December 20-January 1 Twelve Ice Skating Days of Christmas 6 - 8 PM at the William O. Smith Rec Center Free admission for public ice skating. $2 skate rental fee. 373-RINK

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December 28 Demo Day at Holimont December 29 Jet Set at Holimont This annual Racing Program fundraiser is always an event to remember.

Festival 2014 1-800-349-9099 January 3-5 Bag Jump at Holiday Valley 9 6 p.m. January 5 SkiScape, HoliMont

December 31 Holiday Valley’s 2013 New Years Eve Celebration and Torchlight Parade

January 7 ECS Financial Aid Night 7 p.m. in the HS library.

January 1 First Day Hike at Allegany State Park The 2+ mile hike includes 20+ historical tidbits about the area’s offerings which participants will learn about as they make their way up and down ASP Route! 716-354-9101 ext. 236.

January 9 $12 Lift Tickets at Holiday Valley and Holimont Organized by Ski Areas of New York (SANY), the promotion is an expansion of last year’s popular 10-10-10 one-day deal. Tickets must be reserved and paid in advance and are the perfect start to a long weekend getaway.

January 2 ECS Ski Club Begins at Holiday Valley January 2-7 Canadian Friendship Week Lift tickets and equipment rentals at Par for Cdn cash 2 for 1 Tubing and 2 for 1 Mountain Coaster tickets at HV. January 3-4 Ellicottville’s Winter Blues

January 14 ECS Board Meeting 7:30 pm - high school library January 20 ECS Sports Booster Meeting 7-8 pm - high school cafeteria January 25 Harley-Day Valley 2014 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join in the fun at the biggest biker party

Artwork at the Library – We currently have artwork in our gallery area that was created by students at Ellicottville Central School. There are sunflowers made with old CDs, scarecrows and fish, all made by elementary students. A special “thank you” to the art teacher, Lillian Lechner, for sharing her students’ creations. Memory Campaign Salute – In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, the library currently has a display of five articles which detail local veterans and their experiences during the war. Copies of each article are available, along with brochures for the Eldred World War II Museum, which houses hard copies of these articles and many displays, maps and artifacts.

in the community. Supervisor Keis reported that he had talked with the town attorney about the matter and discovered that in order to install lights, Mansfield would have to establish a “street lighting district” for the hamlet. An engineer would have to be hired to determine where lights would need to be placed. Keis said an engineer likely would recommend four to five lights. At a cost of $117.64 per year per light, as quoted by National Grid, the annual cost would total $470-$588 per year. That cost would have to be shared equally by all residents of the hamlet. There also would be one-time costs to the town for the engineer’s and attorney’s time, along with costs associated with holding a public hearing on the issue. Keis said he will talk

to several of the original petitioners to determine how they feel about paying for the lighting. The matter was tabled until that informal survey can be completed. Mansfield resident Richard E. Bowen attended the meeting to ask the board for its approval to allow him to help the Mansfield Fire Department on a volunteer basis if an incident occurs when he is in the area. Bowen, who is a volunteer with the Ellicottville Fire Department, needed Mansfield’s approval in order to be covered by the town’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation policies while on the job. The board approved the request. The next meeting of the Mansfield Town Board will be held Jan. 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

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policed the village,” said Cappelli, “and its force, led by Auge, does a great and highly professional job. There is no question they can handle it, and we believe there will be advantages to having a single force. It made all kinds of sense to eliminate the position.” Going forward, a committee

composed of Coolidge, Burrell and a member of each board is being formed and will meet monthly to keep both municipalities fully informed about police activity and coverage. The village also has worked with the town to reduce its share of maintenance costs for

use of the Village/Town Hall. Burrell said the town’s budget, which already has been approved and adopted, will not be impacted by the village’s decision and that town residents will not see an increase in their effective tax rate.


ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS TOWN OF ELLICOTTVILLE, NEW YORK Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Sections 267, 267-a, and 267-b of New York State Town Law, the Town of Ellicottville Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the Ellicottville Town Hall, One West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York, to consider: ZBA-2013-02 the appeal by Ray Miranda for a variance at the site of the Tim Horton’s Coffee Shop and Bakery from the standards of Section 12.2 (C)(h) of the Zoning Law, which states that light spillage onto adjacent properties shall not exceed 0.1 footcandles at a distance five feet into an abutting property. The light spillage ranges from 0.1 footcandles to 1.1foot-candles, in some areas. The site is located at 6599 US Route 219 North and is further identified as Tax Map Number 46.004-1-49. Application materials are available for review at the Town Hall, One West Washington Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear all interested persons at the public hearing. Persons wishing to do so may submit written comments at or prior to the public hearing. Written comments may be mailed to the attention of Jack Kramer, Chair, Zoning Board of Appeals, PO Box 600, Ellicottville NY 14731. Comments and/or questions may also be emailed to Carol Horowitz, Town Planner, at


To allow us to properly remove the snow please park accordingly. Overnight parking is only allowed in designated areas in the Village and Town of Ellicottville. Please abide by the local ordinances so everyone can travel safely and have room to park. Snow storms require immediate snow removal, please move your vehicles daily so the areas can be plowed. Please don’t block sidewalks when parking in driveways. Any questions please inquire at the Police Department located at One West Washington. HAPPY HOLIDAYS Local Police Department, Village and Town DPW Department, Supervisor Burrell and Mayor Coolidge.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR A Calendar of Events for Ellicottville and the Surrounding Communities December 20 Ski-Ride Movie “Never Not” 8 pm. at the Depot, presented by the Boardroom, Nike Snowboarding & Holiday Valley.

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of the winter with Gowanda Harley Davidson being held at Holiday Valley. January 25-26 Greater Olean Sports & Outdoor Recreation Show January 26 Tell a Friend Tour The Line Skis Traveling Circus comes to Holiday Valley featuring freeride skiers Andy Parry, Ian Compton and friends. All freeriders are welcome to come and session, hang out with the crew then head to the City Garage in Ellicottville at 3:00. February 7-8 AMSOIL Seneca Allegany Snocross February 9 Aspire Ski the Valley Skiing, tubing, banquet and raffle to benefit children and adults with disabilities. February 15 Moonlight Snowshoe Tour at Griffis Sculpture Park 5-8 p.m. Includes snowshoes, chili, live music and fun! Tickets $50. Call 667-2808.

Book Club - meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm. The January 8th book is “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy. 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 $10.00 to $40.00 with values researched from $20.00 to $300.00! Story time is every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. – 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.

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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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

Ashford (2nd Tuesday) January 14

Cattaraugus Village East Otto (2nd Tuesday) January 14

Ellicottville Town (3rd Wed) January 15, 6pm

Ellicottville Village (2nd Mon) January 13, 6pm

Great Valley (2nd Monday) January 13

Humphrey (2nd Monday) January 13

Little Valley Town (2nd Monday) January 13

Little Valley Village (2nd Tuesday) January 14

Mansfield (3rd Monday) January 20

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Hartford Ski Spectacular Promotes Ability Philosophy, Provides Training By Ed Racich

On Dec. 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7, 2013, the Hartford Ski Spectacular was held for the 26th consecutive year, at the Beaver Run Resort, in Breckenridge, Colo. Hosted by Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), the Hartford Ski Spectacular is the nationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; largest winter sports festival for people with disabilities, with more than 800 participants annually. The programs offered during this week-long event include learn to ski and snowboard lessons, a weeklong race camp for Paralympic hopefuls, clinics in Nordic skiing, Biathlon, curling and sled hockey, the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors) National Adaptive Academy for Instructors, banquets and other social networking events. The title sponsor of this event is the Hartford Financial Services Group. The Hartfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own â&#x20AC;&#x153;ability philosophyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; empowering every individual to meet their fullest potential â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is shared by these incredible athletes whose accomplishments inspire and motivate us all. The Warfighter Sports program, part of DSUSA, offers sports rehabilitation programs in military hospitals and communities across the U.S., through a nationwide network of over 100 communitybased chapters. Since 1967, DSUSA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those active from the Second World War and Korea, through Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan,

rebuilding lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities. It is both an honor and a privilege to participate in Ski Spec events either as a volunteer instructor or as a clinic member, learning new and better ways to teach adaptive skiing. In 2013, Holiday Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program provided three volunteer instructors to the ski spec â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chris MacDonnell, Steve Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil and Steve Goodwin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of whom have donated their time, at their own expense, many times in the past to help at the ski spec. Lounsbury also sent four instructors out to further hone their teaching skills: MaryEllen Racich (director of the Lounsbury Program), Patti Jordan-Smith, Bill Bredenberg and me. HoliMont also had clinic participants this year, as they frequently do, and John Propis, Dan Murray, Jim Brindle and Nate Murray participated this year. Other sports offered at the Ski Spec included sled hockey, Nordic skiing, biathlon and curling. A former/current mono-skier with the Lounsbury program, Adam Page from the Buffalo area, is a member of the U.S. National sled hockey team and represented the U.S. at the winter Paralympics games in Vancouver in 2010, where he won a gold medal. Page has said that he plans to retire from sled hockey after the 2014 Sochi games and

attempt to qualify for the 2018 games as a mono-skier. Ellicottville has played a very large role in the development of adaptive skiing and instruction in the Eastern United States. Both the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley and the Phoenix Ski Program at HoliMont work with many less abled skiers each year at their respective areas, providing a dedication and commitment that other areas have become jealous of and strive to emulate. In 2013, Holiday Valley will host several PSIA events for the improvement of the level of expertise of the Lounsbury Adaptive instructors, improving their ability to provide the best instruction available to all skiers with dis-abilities. Lounsbury and Phoenix are integral parts of the backbone of adaptive skiing in the U.S. With 109 chapters in 38 states, DSUSA works diligently to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs on a year round basis. Their chapter network is the heart and soul of DSUSA and provides remarkable opportunities for people with disabilities from all walks of life, relying heavily on both Lounsbury and Phoenix. Because of them, Ellicottville truly is the heart and soul of it all!

National Bring A Friend Challenge at Holiday Valley Share Your Love of Skiing and Boarding, Win Weekly Prizes If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a skier or rider, you know that skiing and snowboarding are winter activities that you can enjoy for a lifetime. The Bring A Friend Challenge is your chance to share your love and passion of skiing or snowboarding with your friends, family and coworkers with the chance to win some awesome prizes for yourself. The challenge runs now through March 17, 2013. Step 1: Bring a newcomer to Holiday Valley and help him or her sign up for a Learn to Ski or

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Step 2: Fill out the entry form at Step 3: Provide proof that the new skier or rider took a lesson (instructions are online). Prizes include weekly drawings from sponsors like Head, Rossignol, Bogner, The North Face, Icebreaker and Mountain Hardware, just to name a few. There are also Grand Prize 4-day trips to Sun Valley in Idaho; Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons in Utah; and Smugglers Notch in Vermont. THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER AND THE OF THE V TOWNS OF ILLAGE ELLICOTTVIL LE, GREAT







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Home and Rental Options Growing Fast New Construction Booming in Ellicottville By Jann Wiswall

As you enter Ellicottville from either the east or the west, more than 200 new homes, apartments and investment properties are in various phases of completion for seasonal and year-round residents alike. And all are within walking distance of the lovely village shops, restaurants and activities that make Ellicottville so special at all times of year. On the way into the village from the intersection of Routes 219 and 242, you’ll find the ready-to-finish townhomes in the EllicottVillas property and a brand new townhome development known as Glen Burn Trail. Just a couple of blocks down at the Ellicottville Square complex on Bristol Lane, 15 new apartments have been constructed. In the center of the village at 16 Martha St., another set of seasonal townhomes and apartments are in the works. And just up the hill from the village on Route 242 to the west, there’s the fabulous new WestMont Ridge development — part of a major expansion project by HoliMont. EllicottVillas EllicottVillas, at 6394 East Washington St., is not technically new construction. It originally was built in 2007 with the intent to be a time-share property. After the recession hit, however, the time-share market in the entire country was hurt. Now, the property owners are offering these luxurious, 3,000-plus square foot townhomes with heated garages for sale as vacation or year-round residential properties. Many of the 18 units are ready for buyers to purchase from $179,000$199,000 with unfinished interiors; buyers may complete the interiors to their specifications. Several homes have sold in recent months; buyers either plan to live in their properties or rent them on a seasonal basis. Two of the townhomes have been finished and are being offered at $359,000 and $479,000 — the latter features a $100,000 chef’s kitchen and is fully furnished with everything from linens to dishes. Both are completely turn-key. For more information, call EllicottVillas at (716) 699-6600. Glen Burn Trail This attractive new development of duplexes and triplexes is located at 6422 E. Washington St. next to the lovely Ilex Inn and just a few blocks from downtown Ellicottville. So far, two buildings containing a total of five units have been constructed. Ultimately, the community will feature 38 beautifully crafted, 3-4 bedroom homes ranging from 1,600-2,000 square feet and starting at $250,000. Each has flexible floor plans and many available upgrades. All units include private patios and many have garages. The property will be governed by a homeowners association, which will appeal to current Ellicottville residents who may want to downsize, as well as to visitors who want a home base in Ellicottville without the maintenance demands of a single-family home. Buyer interest in the community has

apartments have their own coveredd porches, along with plenty of dedicatedd parking, onsite laundry and many otherr amenities. And, with Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza, EVL L Bowling, Rustix Hair Salon, Jonny Barber,, CCSE’s ATM and drive-thru bankingg center in the complex, and the village justt steps away along tree-lined streets, thee location simply cannot be beat. To date, all but four apartments havee been leased. In fact, some were snappedd up even before the walls were constructed.. For more information, call (716) 258-0613.. 16 Martha Street Just behind the Ellicottville Brewingg Company on Martha Street, right smackk in the heart of the village, a group off investors is preparing to renovate twoo buildings on the property that formerly housed American Locker Co. One building will feature ten apartments; the other will be turned into four, two-story townhomes. The fully furnished, beautifully appointed units will be rented short- or long-term to skiers, festival goers and anyone else who loves visiting Ellicottville for the area’s abundant year-round outdoor activities. Extensive exterior redesign of the buildings and the surrounding property is planned to ensure that most tenants have great views of the slopes at both Holiday Valley and HoliMont. The property is still in design and planning stages. The developers hope to begin construction in the spring and to be available for rent by the beginning of the 2014-15 ski season.


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WestMont Ridge been very strong. In fact, as of press time, sale of the model home was being negotiated. A second model will be ready for showing during an open house planned for Dec. 28-29. For more information, visit or call Melanie or Cathleen Pritchard with ERA Team VP Real Estate at (716) 983-4234. Bristol Lane Apartments Off Fillmore in the new Ellicottville Square complex on Bristol Lane, 15 new apartments have been completed for year-round and seasonal rentals. Most of the studio, one- and two-bedroom

WestMont Ridge Just west of the main entrance to HoliMont, WestMont Ridge is under construction. WestMont Ridge is the first phase of HoliMont’s $22 million expansion project, which ultimately will include 94 ski-in/ski-out residential properties; 72 condominiums; a new lodge; “Park & Pipe” terrain park with lighted, nighttime hours; a new beginner-friendly ski area; a high-speed detachable lift; a Nordic Center for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; parking and more. Twenty-one of the first 31 lots for private residences have been sold since March. Interest in the last 10 properties remains strong. Sale of the luxury condominiums will begin in the spring, as will construction. Infrastructure construction at WestMont Ridge is nearing completion; all of the culvert, sewer and water systems are fully installed and all of the earth work for the roads is complete. Closings on many of the lots that already have been sold are imminent. For information, call HoliMont Realty at (716) 699-4800. Of course, Ellicottville has many other options for short- and long-term rentals, vacation homes, permanent homes, hotels and inns. Contact any one of the many real estate agents or facilities for information. You’ll find them listed in the Ellicottville Times 2014 Phone Directory, available free to pick up at most area shops and restaurants!

LEGAL MATTERS: How to Value Real Property in an Estate

By Kathleen G. Moriarty, Peters & Moriarty, Attorneys and Counselors of Law

Legal Matters is a regular column intended to address general legal concerns. Since every client walks in the door with a different set of circumstances, you should not rely on this column to provide specific legal advice. If you are in need of specific legal advice, please consult with an attorney; he or she will provide

advice that is unique and tailored to your legal needs. When a person dies, he often leaves behind real property that becomes an asset of his estate — whether he dies with a will or not. For various reasons, the value of the real property holds important consequences. Since real property typically constitutes one of the larger assets of the estate, it may make up a large portion of the estate’s value. The value of the estate is used to determine filing fees for Surrogate’s Court, tax consequences, if any, and to make distributions to persons who benefit from the estate. There is not a set way of valuing it, however. If a husband and wife own real property as tenants by the entirety (husband and wife with rights of survivorship), then the property passes automatically to the surviving spouse and is not required to be valued. Where property passes to someone other than the surviving spouse, it

must be probated, which will require a determination of value. An easy way to do it is to use the assessed value of the property, and this works well when the property is passing to a person or persons who aren’t planning to sell the property — at least until after the estate is closed, for instance, parents leave everything to their children, in equal shares, including the family home. As long as the children plan to continue using it together, the assessed value may be a good value to use. The problem is that the assessed value and the fair market value may differ depending on the economy. If the home is left to all of the children, but only one child plans to use it, then the children may have a different idea of the value. The value of the property is going to affect the distribution of the other assets so that everyone benefits equally, or the child planning to use the property is going to have to buy the others out. Either way, there may be a discussion about

how to value the property for the sake of distributing the estate fairly. Where the entire property is sold during the probate process, the fair market value is usually used to determine the value of the property. A potential exception is where a large piece of property is subdivided; some is sold, some is retained by beneficiaries of the estate. In this case, the retained parcel may include a residence and a few acres of land, and one to be sold may be vacant land that serves a limited purpose. The value per acre of the properties is likely to be very different, and, if the parcels haven’t been reassessed yet, both may differ significantly from the per acre assessed value of the original parcel. At this point, it may be worthwhile to obtain an appraisal of the property that values each sublot separately. Although it may not always seem this way, the law is designed to be fair, reasonable and flexible.

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ALLEGANY State Park ASP Offers Winter Camping for People of All Ages By Alicia Dziak

It’s wintertime and Allegany State Park (ASP), New York State’s largest state park, is ready to be enjoyed by winter enthusiasts! What better way to enjoy it than to spend a weekend or more winter camping with family or friends? Heated Cabins The park houses hundreds of cabins, many of them winterized, including 10 full-service cottages that include bathrooms with showers. A good way to find the one that best meets your needs is to check out www. There, you can access park maps to find your favorite location, and read details of specific cabins, such as room number and type of heat. Prices also range greatly, depending on size and location of cabins, and all this information is provided on the web site. Note that in winter, you must reserve cabins for a minimum of two nights. In addition to the cottages and various styles of cabins, one of ASP’s two group camps is available to rent during the winter months. Group Camp 5, located between Quaker Lake and the Quaker rental office,

offers accommodations for up to 72 people in 18 electrified cabins. The newly remodeled group camp features a large mess hall equipped with a commercial refrigerator, freezer, hot water heater, sinks, shelves and gas cooking range. Renting the group camp is $500 per night or $3,000 per week. Once you’ve made your reservations, the park is an open canvas of winter activities! Visitors can enjoy snowmobiling on miles of groomed trails or enjoy the scenery by foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis. There are numerous hills of various grades, so bring your sleds and flying saucers, and feel like a kid again! For the winter sportsmen (and women), ice fishing on the lakes is a popular activity. Even if you don’t fish, taking a stroll around the lake to see the “huts” out there makes for a unique experience. (For more information, visit Whether you like winter or not, the cold weather’s here for a while, so you might as well take advantage of the fun opportunities that only present themselves this time of year.

Plug in the crockpot before you head outside your cabin for the day and reward yourself with piping hot chili when you return from a hard day of play. Add in some hot cocoa, a card game, and great conversation and winter might just become your new favorite season to spend at ASP! Camping for Kids Looking for a memorable camping experience for your kids to enjoy over the holiday break? Camp Turner, located within the park on the Quaker side, offers a three-day/twonight overnight outing for youth ages 7-16, from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30, 2013. The unique getaway, run by fully trained staff, lets kids choose their own schedule, selecting from a variety of activities including arts and crafts, bonfire, dodge ball, board games, LEGO club, volleyball, basketball, jewelry making, hockey, sledding, outdoor living skills, games in the woods, lip balm making, basket weaving, darts, ping pong, hiking, yoga, and more. For more information, call (716) 354-4555 or email

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History of Cross-Country Skiing in Allegany State Park Trails Opened Dec. 18 by Paul Crawford

contributor to winter sports cross-country skiers to be some Cross-country skiing has at the park. A ceremony was of the finest trails in the Eastern always been a favorite sport in held naming the cross-country United States. Volunteers Allegany State Park. It wasn’t ski trail area after him on Dec. combined with park workers until Dec. 22, 1972, that the 23, 1978. The Art Roscoe Ski keep the trails groomed and first manmade trails were open Shelter by Summit Trail also free of debris. for enthusiasts. bears his name. Roscoe retired During the season, you Later, in 1977, Ridge Run in 1968 and passed away in can go to the Art Roscoe and Deer Loop were Cross-Country Ski ASP X-C Trail Difficulty Levels opened for public use. Hut to warm up and Ridge Run – more experienced In 1978, an old Civilian check trail conditions. Deer Loop – less experienced Conservation Corps fire Cross-country skis and Leonard Run Loop – intermediate road from the 1930s snowshoes are available Christian Hollow Loop – less experienced was converted into the for rent, and snacks and Sweetwater Loop – less experienced Leonard Run Loop. hot drinks are available Snowsnake Run – for ski-skaters In 1980, Christian on weekends during the Hollow Loop was winter months (weather opened, followed by the 1980 at the age of 78. permitting). Sweetwater Loop in 1984 and The once 17 miles of ski The cross-country ski trails Snowsnake Run in 1987 for trails in Art Roscoe’s day have open Dec. 18. Safe skiing, ski-skaters. since expanded to over 35. everyone! Art Roscoe, a park employee They are groomed and tracked, (Photo and info courtesy of of 40 years, was a major laying claim by experienced Paul Crawford.)

ASPHS to Hold Christmas Meeting Dec. 21 The Allegany State Park Historical Society’s Christmas meeting and party will be on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Camp Allegany Recreation Hall. There will be a brief

business meeting at 1 p.m., then snacks and fellowship afterwards. Feel free to bring a plate of cookies or something to share. This year the legendary Sally Marsh will be there for

a Christmas Hootenanny! You need not be a member and it’s a great opportunity to meet park lovers from all over the state and more.

DID YOU KNOW? The X’s all around Red House, Quaker and Science Lakes are rescue devices should someone fall through the ice. The attached rope is for a rescuer to hold onto while the boards slid out to help dissipate the weight of someone as they get out of the ice they’ve fallen through. Hopefully, they will never have to be used but now you know just in case. Should you see any of these X’s lying flat, please help out the park and prop them back up on the metal poles to which they should be loosely attached. (Photo and info courtesy of Paul Crawford.)

Snowmobiling Season Opened Dec. 18 in Allegany State Park by Paul Crawford

Snowmobilers must have a valid New York State registration, insurance certificate and park permit to ride Allegany State Park designated trails. Snowmobilers entering Pennsylvania must also have a valid PA registration. Allegany State Park’s snowmobile trails comprise a network of 75 miles when combined with a combination of dedicated trails and the parks plowed and unplowed roads. Be safe & have fun!

Call for Artists at Ellicottville Memorial Library Show your talent to friends, family, and the community at the Ellicottville Memorial Library. The library’s gallery space can display two-dimensional artwork that is framed or suitable for hanging. Show dates for 2014 are available for eight-week exhibitions. Any medium and family friendly subject is welcome. Please contact Barbara Fox at

Art Roscoe Ski Race February 9 Weekly ASP Ski Trail and County Snowmobile Conditions Update ASP Art Roscoe Ski Trail Conditions Considerable work was done on the trails at Allegany State Park in the offseason by park crews and contractors replacing culverts. The summit equipment barn has recently been insulated and heated. This will address icing issues for the Cat, mitigate the need for a block heater and generally make the Cat more manageable to the crew that has to climb in and coax it around the trails in subzero temperatures. The park expects to do the lion’s share of grooming with the Cat pulling two implements in tandem. The new configuration should result in flatter trails side-to-side and even better tracks. Park crews have been out clearing the trails of fallen trees. They set track on the upper loops using the snowmobiles on Dec. 17. The last day of muzzleloader and bow season is Dec. 18 and grooming will

begin in earnest after that date. We got off to a great early start this year on ungroomed trails. However, warm weather and rain forecast for later this week may set us back a bit. Snowmobile Trail Conditions The region’s snowmobile trails officially opened Dec. 18, with a little help from Mother Nature, of course. Snowmobile, in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, on over 350 miles of state funded snowmobile trails in addition to the 91 plus miles of trails at Allegany State Park. ASP is considered one of the most wellgroomed areas to snowmobile and enjoy everything that winter in Cattaraugus County has to offer. As of Dec. 18, ASP has received about 2” of snow overnight. The park has approximately 6-8” of snow on the ground, much less than many areas in WNY. Crews have been starting to roll trails

to begin the process of forming a base, but be aware that the terrain at Allegany is very rugged and it requires a good deal of snow base to get good coverage. The ground is still not frozen, so there are wet areas and seeps crossing the trails. There is virtually no base at this time. Riding is rough in many sections. Use caution if you decide to do any early season riding. Note: ASP Route 1 from Red House to Quaker has been plowed up until today, so that road will be virtually bare until we receive enough snow to cover and build a base. Please contact Quaker Rental office for more information at (716) 354-2182. For trail conditions or for a free map of more than 350 miles of trails in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, please call 1-800-3310543 or download it at www.

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Last week, I talked about the CrossFit fitness craze that is extremely popular in the industry right now, even though it came on the scene in 2000. CrossFit, a trademark of CrossFit Inc., is strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. It advocates a perpetually changing mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weightlifting. CrossFit Inc. uses “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad modal and time domains,” with the stated goal of improving fitness. Hour-long classes typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity “workout of the day” (or WOD), and a period of individual or group stretching. The following is a list of some of the better-known CrossFit movements/exercises for distance movement. Distance Training Running: Typical distances range from 100 meters to 1 mile. Shuttle runs back and forth between marks 10 meters apart are also common. Rowing: Many workouts include rowing machines, and distances from 500 meters to 2000 meters, or rowing “for calories.” Movements with Weights Deadlift: Barbell is lifted from the ground, making sure to drive with the legs and

glutes, until the athlete reaches an upright standing position. Clean: Barbell is (or dumbbells are) lifted from the ground to a “rack position” in front of the athlete’s neck. Athlete ends in a standing position. In a squat clean, the athlete receives the bar in a squatting position and stands to finish the lift. In a power clean, the athlete receives the bar in any position that is above a parallel squat. Kettlebell Swing: A kettlebell is swung from between the legs to eye level (Russian) or overhead (American). Press: Barbell is moved from the “rack position” to the overhead position. In a strict press (also called a shoulder press) or military press (in which the feet are together), the lower body remains stationary. In a push press, the bar is “jumped” off the body using a “dip and drive” motion. A push jerk is like a push press, but with a re-bend of the knees to allow the athlete to drop under the bar and receive it with straight arms. A split jerk is like a push jerk, but one leg goes forward and the other backward when the athlete drops under the bar. Snatch: Barbell is raised from the floor to the overhead position in one motion. In a squat snatch, the athlete receives the bar in a squatting position and stands to finish the lift. In a power snatch, the athlete receives the bar in a partial squat. Squat: Barbell is supported on upper back (back squat), in the rack position (front squat), or in the overhead position (overhead squat). From a standing position with a widerthan-shoulder-width stance, the athlete bends the knees until the hips are below the knees, and then stands, keeping the heels on the floor. Thruster: A combination of a front squat and a push press: starting with the barbell in the rack position, the athlete squats (hips below knees) and

then stands, driving the barbell overhead. Tire Flip: A large tire, lying on its side, is flipped over by lifting one edge. Wallball: Holding a medicine ball below the chin while facing a wall at arm’s length, the athlete squats (hips below knees) and stands, throwing the medicine ball in order to make contact with an overhead target on the wall. CrossFit Criticism According to Dr. Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, the risk of injury from some CrossFit exercises outweighs their benefits when they are performed with poor form in timed workouts. He added there are similar risks in other exercise programs but noted that CrossFit’s online community enables athletes to follow the program without proper guidance, increasing the risk. Articles on many websites criticize CrossFit for its lack of periodization, lack of qualitycontrol accreditation standards for trainers or affiliates, and illogical or random exercise sequences. Some publications have raised concerns that CrossFit promotes a potentially dangerous atmosphere that encourages people, particularly newcomers to CrossFit, to train past their limits, resulting in injury. As with any intense form of exercise, before you participate, you should do your homework. CrossFit is not for the faint of heart. It is a bone-crushing, heart-pounding whirlwind of exercises and cardiovascular challenges. There are many challenges throughout each and every workout, some of which require you to be part Olympic athlete and part gymnast. So, even though it’s the rage right now — BEWARE — it’s not for everyone.

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