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Fun For All This February By Kellen M. Quigley

Don’t be fooled by the recent thaw — there is still plenty of winter left, which means plenty of time to enjoy all Ellicottville and the Enchanted Mountains have to offer for outdoor and indoor fun this time of year. Get ready to mark your calendar. On Friday, Feb. 8, check out Holiday Valley’s Mountain Ski Fest, a day full of skiing, snowboarding, activities and camaraderie for skiers or riders age 21 and older. See February Fun, page 11

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Despite recent thaw, Ellicottville ski areas in good shape By Kellen M. Quigley Thanks to modern technology and weeks of preparation in the fall, the recent bout of warm weather had little effect on the two Ellicottville destinations for all things snowsport. This past week, temperatures soared into the 50s as the streets and sidewalks became clear of snow and ice for the first time in many weeks. But at nearby HoliMont and Holiday Valley, it was smooth sailing for skiers and snowboarders on days where some could wear shorts and a t-shirt. See Ski, page 2

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Former Olympic skier proposes Scandinavian Spa in Ellicottville By Rick Miller

Travis Mayer trained at Holiday Valley before he won the silver medal for moguls in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. He’s looking to return to Ellicottville, where he and his wife, Elisabeth, are hoping to build a $2.4 million Scandinavian-style spa that would be unique to this region. “We looked at a bunch of locations, mountain towns in the West and the East,” Mayer said. “This seemed like a great place to do it.” See Scandinavian Spa, page 12

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That should change this week as temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 12 Friday night. A mostly sunny Saturday should see a small climb up to about 20 degrees before dropping down to 13 that night. A cloudy Sunday is in the forecast with a high right around the freezing point. A low of 22 is predicted for Sunday night. The ski season began with a temperate and unassuming fall that lasted longer than expected, and many wondered if winter even wanted to be here this year. Christmas week is a critical period for all ski areas, and it was no different for HoliMont, said director of marketing Greg Culver. Luckily, he said, the devoted members came out to ski even with limited terrain in December. “Our snowmakers grew anxious to get to work,” Culver said. “They took full advantage of every window of cold they got. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to the HoliMont philosophy on snowmaking and grooming, but it always pays off.” At Holiday Valley, the season was also off to a strong start. In November, a notable 55 inches of snow came down on the hills, said Evan Deglopper. The snowmakers took advantage of early cold weather to start stockpiling snow. Although the resort opened on its target date of Nov. 23, Deglopper said the following month came with some warm and wet weather and only 18 inches of natural snow, although business was good through the holiday season. “Then snowmakers were quick to find every opportunity to make snow and continue to build up

the base,” Deglopper said. Holiday Valley is home to one of the most powerful automated snowmaking system on the east coast and one of the most energy-efficient systems in the entire country. At HoliMont, 21 new Super Pole Cat Fan Guns were brought in last fall for added for snowmaking. Culver said they allow for more permanent and effective snowmaking in some of the problem areas where there are natural springs and low spots that always need special attention. The goal is to have 100-percent coverage — meaning every single slope will have snowmaking on it. “Thanks to the understanding of our members, we were able to stockpile huge amounts of snow and save them for just the right time,” Culver said. When the groomers finally got a chance to “push” the massive piles of snow, he said some of them were up to 25 feet thick. Once they were done working their magic, the slopes at HoliMont were in near perfect conditions allowing them to open every slope. Once January and February hit, Mother Nature helped the area by delivering another 52 inches of snow at Holiday Valley, Deglopper said, along with cold temperatures. With this real winter weather, Holiday Valley managed to open all 13 lifts, and the slopes are all in excellent condition. As of Wednesday, 47 trails and 12 lifts were open at Holiday Valley. At HoliMont, 48 trails and seven lifts were open. Although there’s little snow in the forecast for about a week, the return of

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Love is in the Air

Love is in theLove Air Happy Valentine’s Day! By Steven Jakobi

As Valentine’s Day approaches, florists and retailers of stationary and confectionary goods are busily stocking up. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American spent $147 on candy, cards and flowers in 2016, for a total cost of almost $20 billion. In the U.S, alone, about 200 million cards are sent to friends, family and sweethearts annually to celebrate this day. The most popular flower to give or send on Valentine’s Day is the rose. However, sending the right color and number of roses is anything but a simple decision. While most Americans give a dozen roses, in some parts of the world the number given can represent an unspoken coded message. In Russia, Romania and Germany, for example, giving an even number of roses is considered bad luck. Odd numbers are given at weddings or to convey love, while even numbers are reserved for funerals or to indicate that the recipient is in disfavor. In some cultures, two roses represent mutual love, three roses may be given to celebrate a one-month anniversary and six flowers mean infatuation. If that’s not enough, colors also can be used to send different messages. Red roses may mean respect, love and passion; lavender color indicates enchantment or loveat-first-sight; light pink conveys admiration; white is typically given at weddings or to represent purity. Yellow symbolizes joy or power but, in some places, it also stands for jealousy. The origin and customs of Valentine’s Day are somewhat controversial. In Roman mythology, red roses were preferred by Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, but roses did not become associated with Valentine’s Day until the early 18th century. Prior to that, people preferred to give violets as a token of affection. As for the date, Feb. 14, there are conflicting stories. In the Roman Empire, on this date was the Feast of Lupercalia, a day to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses. Legend has it that a Christian priest, Valentine, was executed on this day by order of

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and stay fresh-looking for more than a week under moderate refrigeration. The care of cut roses is simple. Prior to putting them in a vase, the bottom of the stems should be cut about an inch or so — with the stem preferably held under water — and the lower leaves should be removed. Many bouquets come with a packet of “flower food,” a misnomer as cut flowers do not need nutrients. One can prolong the life of the flowers by using a homemade preservative of a tablespoon of sugar and a few drops of bleach or lemon juice added to a quart of water. The latter ingredients retard the growth of bacteria, but the solution still should be changed every couple of days. Some people claim that lemon-lime soda pop, instead of water, will keep roses fresh longer. Of course, the soda contains both the sugar and the acidity of the home-made solution listed above. The flowers should be kept out of direct sun and away from heaters or fans. While roses may be the most popular flower of choice to give at Valentin’s Day, don’t overlook some alternatives. Tulips, lilies, carnations or anemone are among the numerous other options and may represent less costly but just as meaningful choices for your favorite person.

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ECS NEWS & SPORTS Eagles jump on Pine Valley early with 15-0 1st quarter

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ECS Enacts Snow Days

By Louisa Benatovich Student Reporter The moment the announcements crackled on, it was like Ellicottville Central School turned off. As Superintendent Photos by Sam Wilson Ellicottville’s Linnea Jimerson (13) Robert Miller’s tenor Ellicottville’s Cam Earley (23) looks for room to dribble Friday night leaps for a rebound Friday night tones echoed through the against Pine Valley. against Pine Valley. sound system, you could against Randolph. Friday’s win its Tuesday night game against By Sam Wilson hear a pin drop. encouraged Cole entering the last Forestville was postponed. The news arrived: due two weeks before the Section 6 Class “No school, no practice, which Powered by 18 points, 15 to imminent weather rebounds and three steals from senior was a bummer but there was nothing C-2 playoffs. conditions, the school “I think as of right now we look I could do about it,” Cole said. Linnea Jimerson, the Ellicottville would be closed for really good,” Cole said. “We’ve Evie Nuzzo added 10 points off girls basketball team snapped a not one, but two snow been working more as a team lately the bench, including a pair of threefour-game losing streak on Friday, days. A deafening cheer and I expressed that at practice that pointers improving to 5-2 in CCAA East II. erupted across the we’ve got to just keep working as “She played awesome,” Cole said The Eagles won a nail-biter, 44-39, campus. a team, talking as a team. By the of Nuzzo. “I’m really proud of her, at Pine Valley last month, but took Akin to a national time playoffs come, I hope we start she’s grown a lot since the start of control with a 15-0 first quarter and event, if you asked any perfecting our plays and just our the season and I think she’s going to led by 24 at halftime in the rematch. student, they could tell defense. I think we’ll be ready for a be a top player next year.” “Going into this game we knew you exactly where they playoff game.” Sierra Maybe had six rebounds we could play better than we did the were when they heard The Eagles honored Jimerson for Ellicottville. Makenna Smith first time,” first-year Eagles coach the news. before the game for her 1,000th had six points, five boards and four Chelsea Cole said. “So we all had I remember where I career point, scored a week ago at that mindset where we want to come steals while Emilee Ruiz marked was: deep in the throes Franklinville. Jimerson received eight points and five boards. Meg out and just get on top and my girls of a torturous set of Chapman also grabbed five rebounds a commemorative basketball for did it, even being off for two days burpees. joining Ellicottville’s 1,000-point for the Eagles. (with school closed), they came out In Mrs. Neilon’s club, following Amy Reed (1993), The Eagles close the regular and they played a really good game.” Fitness for Life Class, Kylee Lindell (1997), Janae season with three CCAA East Ellicottville, like most schools we were sampling a Hamilton (2013) and Marissa II games against Forestville, in Western New York, closed on brand new workout Hamilton (2016). Pine Valley fell to Cattaraugus-Little Valley and North Wednesday and Thursday due to video. It was hosted by 3-11. Collins and a final non-league test the extreme cold weather, after a trainer with muscular dystrophy in her calves. Pine Valley (28) The detail is just strange Fadale 0 3-4 3, Miller 3 0-0 7, Westlund 1 0-2 2, Swanson 3 0-0 6, Tunstall 2 3-5 7, Campbell 0 3-6 3. Totals: 9 9-17 28. enough for me not to Ellicottville (54) forget it. Smith 2 0-0 6, Ruiz 2 3-4 8, Jimerson 7 4-4 18, Maybee 1 1-4 3, Nuzzo 4 0-0 10, Earley 2 0-0 5, Chapman 2 0-0 4. Totals: 20 8-12 54. I was delirious after Pine Valley 0 5 15 28 tens of up-and-downs, Ellicottville 15 29 39 54 Three-point goals: PV 1 (Miller), E’ville 6 (Smith 2, Nuzzo 2, Ruiz, Earley). Total fouls: PV 13, E’ville 19. Fouled out: None. up-and-downs. I didn’t JV: Ellicottville, 45-23. believe it. It was a lie. Ellicottville Central period. night. Ellicottville 41, School never does snow Mackenzie Ryan (7 points) had The Eagles used a 17-7 third Cattaraugus-LV 33 days. But too many quarter to pull away from a tie game nine rebounds and four blocks for Makenna Smith tossed in 15 people were cheering. It the Timberwolves (7-8). (16-16) at halftime, hitting 7-ofpoints and Sierra Maybee had 11 to had to be true. 11 from the free throw line in the key Ellicottville (8-9) on Tuesday Then came the dilemma. An entire school full of children and teens with 48 hours of pure freedom. Whatever would they

Jimerson paces Eagles past C-LV in 53-26 win

Leif Jimerson recorded 22 points and seven steals to key the Ellicottville boys basketball team, which has won seven of the last eight through Monday’s victory over Cattaraugus-Little Valley. The Eagles won, 53-26. Clayton Rowland pulled

down 13 rebounds with five assists and Wyatt Chudy added 11 rebounds for the Eagles (11-6, 8-0), who jumped out to a 20-5 lead while cruising. Mike Perkins had eight rebounds and a team-best seven points for the Timberwolves (2-14).

Cattaraugus-LV (26) Walters 1 0-0 2, O’Neill 1 0-0 3, M. Perkins 3 1-3 7, E. Perkins 1 0-0 3, Savidge 1 0-0 2, Burroughs 1 0-0 3, Halterman 0 2-2 2, Dechow 0 1-2 1, Ly 1 1-2 3. Totals: 9 5-9 26. Ellicottville (53) Jimerson 9 2-5 22, Logel 0 0-2 0, C. Rowland 3 1-5 7, S. Rowland 2 0-0 5, W. Chudy 4 0-0 8, J. Grinols 2 0-0 4, B. Chudy 1 0-0 2, L. Grinols 2 1-1 5. Totals: 23 4-13 53. Cattaraugus-LV 5 17 22 26 Ellicottville 20 34 45 53 Three-point goals: C-LV 3 (O’Neill, E. Perkins, Burroughs); Eville 3 (Jimerson 2, S. Rowland). Total fouls: C-LV 10, Eville 9. Fouled out: None. JV: Ellicottville, 61-26.

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WEDNESDAY 2/13 Mod Boys Basketball: at Olean, 9 a.m. Alpine Ski: at Holiday Valley (Slalom), 6 p.m.

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FRIDAY 2/15 Mod Boys Basketball: vs. Franklinville, 5:30 p.m.

do? Somehow, our industrious students found a way to fill their time. “Yes,” exclaimed Meganne Chapman after the announcements. “I now have more time to work on my scholarships.” “Oh, rats, our calculus test is put off,” said Abby Sonnenberg, sarcastically. We convinced ourselves we’d use the snow days to study. As schools all around us began to close, the day got more and more magical. “I played video games for two straight days,” said Adam Silvernail the day we arrived back at school. Many others sung to that tune, with VR headsets being whipped out, meet-ups planned and Doritos purchased. Other chose to watch movies and do a bit of house cleaning. The bravest chose to ski and snowboard, but the biting cold was enough to stifle the engines of most cars and owners. All in all, the snow day was a needed break, a lovely gift. It existed for safety, sleeping-in and snuggling under a warm blanket. Thankfully, we all had warm places to be. Then came Friday morning. Life was back to normal again, almost as chilling as the outside air’s 3-degree temperature. There is hope, though. The groundhog didn’t see his shadow.

Ellicottville teacher among inductees to Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame The 17th annual Cattaraugus County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 30 at the Cattaraugus Firemen’s Club beginning at 6 p.m. Among the 13 new members to be inducted this year is Mike Loftus, a former physical education teacher and coach in the Ellicottville Central School District for many decades. The other inductees include: James Wojdan (Cattaraugus-Little Valley), Peter Spear (Franklinville), Kathy Woznek (Olean), Doug Seamans (Randolph),

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HEALTH & FITNESS: CARBS, THE GOOD AND THE BAD

By Kim Duke Carbs are highly controversial these days. The dietary guidelines suggest that we get about half of our calories from carbohydrates. On the other hand, some claim that carbs cause obesity and type 2 diabetes, and that most people should be

avoiding them. There are good arguments on both sides, and it appears that carbohydrate requirements depend largely on the individual. Some people do better with a lower carb intake, while others do just fine eating plenty of carbs. This article takes a detailed look at carbs, their health effects and how you can make the right choices.

What Are Carbs? In nutrition, “carbs” refers to one of the three macronutrients. The other two are protein and fat. • Dietary carbohydrates can be split into three main categories: • Sugars: Sweet, shortchain carbohydrates

found in foods. Examples are glucose, fructose, galactose and sucrose. • Starches: Long chains of glucose molecules, which eventually get broken down into glucose in the digestive system. • Fiber: Humans cannot digest fiber, although the bacteria in the digestive system can make use of some of them. The main purpose of carbohydrates in the diet is to provide energy. Most carbs get broken down or transformed into glucose, which can be used as energy. Carbs can also be turned into fat (stored energy) for later use. Fiber is an exception. It does not provide energy directly, but it

does feed the friendly bacteria in the digestive system. These bacteria can use the fiber to produce fatty acids that some of our cells can use as energy. • Sugar alcohols are also classified as carbohydrates. They taste sweet, but usually, don’t provide many calories. “Whole” vs. “Refined” Carbs • Not all carbs are created equal. There are many different types of carbohydrate-containing foods, and they vary greatly in their health effects. • Although carbs are often referred to as “simple” vs. “complex,” I personally find “whole” vs. “refined” to make more sense.

• Whole carbs are unprocessed and contain the fiber found naturally in the food, while refined carbs have been processed and had the natural fiber stripped out. Examples of whole carbs include vegetables, whole fruit, legumes, potatoes and whole grains. These foods are generally healthy. On the other hand, refined carbs include sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, pastries, white bread, white pasta, white rice and others. These carbs tend to cause major spikes in blood sugar levels, which leads to a subsequent crash that can trigger hunger and cravings for more high-carb food.

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Gillibrand urges quick milk insurance refunds for dairy farmers

By Rick Miller

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Department of Agriculture last week to expedite payments to New York dairy farmers over a failed milk insurance plan for which they paid premiums but received no benefits. The farm bill passed last month included refunds to New York dairy farmers for the failed insurance program, but the 35-day government shutdown prevented implementation. In a recent media call, Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said she asked USDA officials to start implementing the farm bill at once. USDA employees began returning to work Jan. 28 following a weekend agreement to reopen the government.

“Dairy farmers in New York have been hurting for years, barely getting by,” Gillibrand said. The extremely low price of milk means many dairy farmers production costs exceed the price they get for their milk, she said. “Many have had to close down for good.” Gillibrand said dairy farmers who paid into the milk insurance program “were ripped off by an insurance program that did nothing when they needed it.” She said there was a sigh of relief from farmers when the refund of premiums was included in a farm bill amendment offered by Gillibrand. Then came the government shutdown. “They haven’t seen a penny of the money they are owed.” She called on USDA officials to begin implementing provisions of the farm

4-H offering free dog classes on Tuesdays

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County and 4-H will host a series of Tuesday evening classes on dogs, which began Feb. 5. All sessions start at 6:30 p.m. at the CCE offices, 28 Parkside

Drive, and the sessions run through March 26. Classes are open to 4-H members and anyone interested in learning basic dog obedience, grooming, handling and general dog knowledge. There is no cost, and no RSVP is necessary.

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bill. Dairy farmers are “waiting and expecting a payment from USDA,” the senator added. “This money couldn’t come soon enough.” They need to know how much their payment will be and when they will receive it, Gillibrand said. “They need it to make plans” and spring planting is coming. Farmers need to start enrolling now in the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program, the senator said. “This new program will do a much better job of helping farmers when necessary.” Gillibrand said, “There’s a lot of money in the farm bill for other programs,” expressing concern that USDA needs to gear up for that after the shutdown as well. She cited conservation programs that protect soil and water and rural broadband for

example as programs that were not being implemented. Gillibrand said the farm bill programs that have been held up for the past five weeks were the victim of a “political stunt” by President Trump. The president’s trade war “continues to create trouble for dairy and vegetable farmers,” she added. Asked whether her time on the Democratic Presidential Primary trail would impact her representing her New York constituents in the Senate, Gillibrand replied: “I intend to serve people in the Senate well.” In addition to being the first New York senator in more than 40 years to serve on the Agriculture Committee, Gillibrand is a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Both parties lining up County Legislature candidates early By Rick Miller The state’s new political calendar is speeding up the nomination process for Cattaraugus County Legislature candidates. Both Republicans and Democratic party officials say they plan full slates of candidates for all 17 County Legislature seats. Republicans currently control 12 of the 17 seats. Three county lawmakers — two Republicans and one Democrat — won’t be able to run again because they have served three consecutive four-year terms and are term-limited. They are: Legislature Chairman James J. Snyder, R-Olean; Majority Leader Donna Vickman, R-Farmersville; and Olean Democrat John Padlo. “Ten of the 12 Republicans will run again,” Keis said. He said he has been working on finding candidates for the other seven seats. Town committees are also working on candidates. Republican legislators seeking reelection are: Andrew Burr and Richard Klancer of Gowanda, Joseph Boberg and Richard Helmich of Delevan, Robert Breton of Franklinville, Howard VanRensselaer of Randolph, Norman March of Little Valley, Vice Chairman Dan Hale of Portville, Joseph Snyder of Ischua and Frank Higgins of Olean. Democratic Party Chairman Frank Puglisi said in a telephone interview Tuesday all four Democrats will seek re-election, noting Padlo was barred by

term limits from seeking re-election or appointment for two years. “We will have a full slate,” he said. Those Democrats seeking re-election are: Minority Leader Susan Labuhn and David Koch of Salamanca, and Vergilio “Dick Giardini and Barbara Hastings of Allegany. “We’ve been working to get candidates for probably the past six months,” Puglisi said. The Democratic chairman said he wasn’t convinced the early petition deadline give an edge to incumbent legislators. “This caught the Republicans off guard,” he said. “I think it’s an open race for County Legislature this year,” Puglisi said. “Democrats will enter strong candidates and call out the GOP for their record.” Puglisi said one campaign issue was bound to be the Republican-sponsored health insurance coverage vote earlier this month for the four coroners, all Republicans. Puglisi and the Democrats must come up with 13 candidates on top of the four Democrats seeking re-election, while Keis and the Republicans with 10 seeking re-election need only to find seven candidates. Keis said he hadn’t heard of any instances where there would be primaries in any of the eight election districts, but didn’t rule it out. “It’s always a possibility,” Keis said. It would have to happen quickly. “It’s not like they’ve got until June now to decide.”

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Students can apply for CRCF scholarships beginning Feb. 1

Area students can begin applying for scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation on Feb. 1. Students can apply using the online scholarship portal at cattfoundation.org/ scholarships. Filling out one common application allows students to apply for awards from some 60 scholarship funds. In 2018, more than 80 students together

received over $170,000 in scholarship awards — a new record total and an increase of over $20,000 in scholarship funding. Scholarships are available to students throughout the region for a multitude of interests and career/educational goals. Applicants will apply entirely online and submit supporting documentation such as transcripts and recommendation letters

using the online portal as well. Applications must be completed and submitted by April 2. Students and parents may contact CRCF Manager of Donor Services Ryan Michelle Wilcox with any questions about the application process at 301-2723 or ryanmichelle@ cattfoundation.org.

Rotary Club’s Annual Ski Day is Feb. 15

It’s back! The Rotary Club of Ellicottville is having its Annual Ski Day at HoliMont on Friday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. until sundown. A day of skiing and lunch is $65; lunch only is $20.

Trivia game with prizes will take place at lunchtime. There will be a 50/50 drawing. Please R.S.V.P. by Feb. 8. Email johnweismantel@yahoo.com or call 228-7288.

Great Valley Senior Group to meet Feb. 13

The Great Valley Senior Group will gather for its monthly meeting at the Great Valley Fire Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Please bring a dish to pass and your own place setting. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. Come early to visit with your friends. Call

Yvonne Darts at 301-0030 for more information. The monthly meeting will follow the luncheon. Suggestions for trips for the year will be accepted. Bring your new ideas with you. If you have any questions regarding the

trips, call Barb Sergel at 699-2905 or Jean Davis at 945-4223. The Great Valley Senior Group welcomes residents from the towns of Great Valley, Salamanca, Ellicottville, Humphrey and Mansfield.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

A Calendar of Events for Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities Feb. 7 Wine, Chocolate & Oils Class at Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Road. Call Lisa at 353-1794 or Annie at 378-9419. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 Educational Wine Class at E-Ville Spirits and Wines. Reserve a spot by Monday, Feb. 4. Call 699-4474. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 Andrew Collins Trio performs at Springville Center for the Arts. $15 at door, $12 at presale. Call 592-9038. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 Mountain Ski Fest at Holiday Valley A day of skiing, riding,food, drink and good fun. Feb. 9 Valentine’s Day Party at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 431 Waverly St. Free to kids of all ages. Enjoy candy, games, gifts, crafts, picture-taking and refreshments. 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 Round and Square Dance at Epiphany of Our Lord’s Parish Hall, 10893 Sisson Highway, North Collins. $25 per family, $15 per couple, $8 per adult, $5 children. Refreshments are available as well. Call Mary at 337-3952. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 Chicks with Hits at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino Events Center. Tickets $35. 7 p.m. Feb. 10 Art Roscoe Loppet at Allegany State Park. The Annual Art Roscoe XC Ski Weekend is tearing into Allegany state Park for another amazing year of cross-country skiing action! 8AM - 1PM Feb. 11 Fat Bikes at Allegany State Park Meet at the Red House Administration Building at 5:30 p.m. Bring a light, warm clothes. Call (716) 354-9101 ext 232. 6 p.m.

Feb. 12 Sunset Snowshoe Hike at Allegany State Park. Start at the Summit Warming Hut in the Red House area. Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp, water and snack. Call (716) 3549101 ext 232. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 Soup & Bake Sale at Salem Lutheran Church & Preschool, 91 West Main St., Springville. Choose from five homemade varieties. $7 per quart. Proceeds to benefit the Educational Building roof. 9 a.m. Feb 17 Rock Autism Brunch 11:30AM -2:30PM. Join us for a day of music, raffles, food, drink and games. A family friendly and fun event to raise money for autistic services. Brunch is $25 that in includes a great buffet, a mimosa bar and an infused water bar. Part of the ticket goes to Rock Autism Feb. 19 Sunset Snowshoe Hike at Allegany State Park. Start at the Summit Warming Hut in the Red House area. Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp, water and snack. Call (716) 354-9101 ext 232. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21 Community spaghetti dinners: Thursday, February 21 and Thursday, March 21 from 5 pm - 6:30 pm at Salem Lutheran church & Preschool, 91 West Main St., Springvillle Feb. 22 Richie & Rosie perform at Springville Center for the Arts. Americana, oldtime and folk music. $15 at door, $12 at presale. Call 592-9038 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 Ladies Day at HoliMont Feb. 22 & 23 AMSOIL Championship Snocross at Seneca Allegany Casino. Visit eastcoastsnocross.com Feb. 22–24 Winter Music Jam Inaugural music festival event in downtown Ellicottville. Sixteen acts in a four-block footprint in one weekend. Visit

ellicottvilleny.com. Feb. 23 Frosty CX Fat Bike Race & Party at HoliMont. Bring out your fat bikes for an afternoon of racing and fun. Visit holimont.com. 1 p.m. Feb. 23 Penguin Paddle at Holiday Valley. Annual fundraiser for Lounsbury Adaptive Program. Participants slip inside a garbage bag and slide on their bellies. Visit holidayvalley.com. 1:30 p.m.

Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tues/Wed until 8 p.m. Closed Sundays ellicottvillelibrary.org • (716) 699-2842 Valentine Candy Creations — Join us on Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. and make some sweet treats to bring home. All ages welcome to this free class. Limit of 20 people, so contact the library to register.

New members are always welcome to join this relaxed and informal group.

Tax Forms — We have received the IRS instruction books and will hopefully receive the forms soon. Still waiting on NYS forms and instruction booklets.

Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m., Adult Coloring — Join Cathy Lacy for a relaxing, stressfree, creative break in your day. Free program, all supplies provided. Bring out your inner child.

President’s Day Weekend Book Sale — The library book sale will be open Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. The book sale will continue until March 11 during normal business hours. If you are bringing books to donate to the sale, please drop them off by Thursday, Feb. 14. Third Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Parkinson’s Disease Support Group — All are welcome to attend. March 6, 1:30 p.m., Book Club — The March book is “Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn. Contact Joyce Evans at 474-7679 for more information.

Feb. 18, 6–8 p.m., Knitting (& Crochet) Club — All abilities welcome, just bring some yarn and your needles.

Wednesdays, 11 a.m., Storytime HEAP – Home Energy Assistance Program applications are available at the library. Artwork at the Library — Currently in our gallery area we have oil paintings from Barbara Fox’s beautiful series of waterscapes. Check out these amazing paintings. www.ellicottvillelibrary.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.

‘Daughter of War’ by Brad Taylor

Hot on the trail of a North Korean looking to sell sensitive US intelligence to the Syrian regime, Pike Logan and the Taskforce stumble upon something much graver: the sale of a lethal substance called Red Mercury. Unbeknownst to the Taskforce, the Syrians Feb. 23 & 24 plan to use the weapon of mass destruction USASA Boardercross and against American and Kurdish forces, and Slopestyle weekend at Holiday Valley blame the attack on terrorists, causing western nations to reassess their participation in the Feb. 25 murky cauldron of the Syrian civil war. Fat Bikes at Allegany State Park As the Taskforce begins to unravel the plot, a Meet at the Red House young refugee unwittingly holds the key to the Administration Building conspiracy. Hunted across Europe for reasons at 5:30 p.m. Bring a light, warm clothes. Call (716) she cannot fathom, she is the one person who 354-9101 ext 232. 6 p.m. can stop the attack but only if she can live long enough for Pike to find her. This book is currently available in book format only at the Ellicottville Feb. 26 Sunset Snowshoe Hike Memorial Library. It is also available as an audiobook using our interlibrary at Allegany State Park. Start at the Summit Warming loan program, or you can download for free as an eBook version to your own Hut in the Red House area. device using your library card! Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp, water and snack. Call (716) 354-9101 ext 232. 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 28 – March 3 Neil Simon’s ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ at Springville Center for the Arts. March 6 Allegany State Park Adventure Series Allegany Adventure series continues at Summit Warming Hut with “Build a Blue Bird House” day! This program is free to participate in but there is a fee if you would like to take the blue bird house home. 6pm 7:30pm March 8 Holiday Valley Winter Carnival & Ellicottville Mari Gras 2019 Everything kicks off with Ellicottville’s Masquerade Party from 6-9 pm. For information call the Chamber at 716-699-5046.


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Legals New York State Parks seeks proposals to operate the food and beverage concession at Midway State Park in Bemus Point NY and proposals to operate the food, beverage and marine fuel at Long Point State Park in Bemus Point, NY. The proposal due date is March 6th, 2019 at 3:00 pm. The Request for Proposal and bidding documents may be obtained free of charge by calling the Allegany Regional Headquarters at (716) 354-9101 x229.

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------NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEARBY GIVEN, that in accordance with Chapter 200 of the Code of the Village of Springville, the PLANNING BOARD of the Village of Springville, New York, will hold a Public Hearing at the Municipal Building, 65 Franklin St., Springville, New York on TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm on petitions for the following: District R8.5 Applicant VFWFELTON BURNS POST 5260 Address 650 EAST MAIN ST Reason SITE PLAN APPROVAL The above Board will at the above date, time and place, hear all persons in support of such petition or who may object thereto. Any special requirements or needs contact the A.D.A. Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the above scheduled meeting at telephone # 592-4936 Elizabeth Melock Administrator

------TOWN OF MANSFIELD TOWN BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Town of Mansfield Board members have rescheduled the regularly third Monday of the month Town Board Meeting to Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Said Town Board Meeting to be held at the Mansfield Town Hall in Eddyville, 7691 Toad Hollow Road, Little Valley. By Order of the Town Board Betty Jane Horning, Town Clerk

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Mrs. Martha (Joyner) Swihart, 95, of Eden Heights, Olean, N.Y., formerly of Salamanca and Great Valley, died unexpectedly Saturday morning (Feb. 2, 2019) at home. Born May 2, 1923, in Brownsville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Brantley Joyner. She was married April 28, 1944, to Robert J. Swihart, who predeceased her in 1973. Mrs. Swihart was a graduate of Sand Hill High School, Class of 1942 in Morton, Miss. Marty was never afraid of work and held multiple jobs. She had been employed in many area restaurants as well as the former Fancher Furniture Company. She attended the First Baptist Church in Salamanca and was a member of the Salamanca Area Senior Center, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies’ Auxiliaries, the Holy

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Obituary Cross Athletic Club and the former Moose Lodge Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She liked bowling, bingo, cards and billiards, was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed country music and dancing. Surviving are three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” (Daniel) Kruszynski and Margaret “Margo” (Jack) Pearl, both of Great Valley, and Lisa (Patrick) Lesseg of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Dewett Smith of Baton Rouge, La., and Mary Strickland of Shreveport, La.; 16 grandchildren; Gary (Sambol) Kruszynski of Edmond, Okla., Daniel (Carla) Kruszynski of Ellicottville, Jason (Alicia) Pearl of Franklinville, Joshua (Kristin) Pearl of Salamanca, Melissa (Benjamen Roblee) Pearl of West Valley, Johnathon Pearl of Midland, Texas, Kimberly John of Middletown, Brenda (William Kash) Swihart of Erie, Pa., Danielle (Peter) Borja of Tokyo, Japan, Timothy (Olivia Lineman) Chudy of Salamanca, Renee (Joseph) Freaney of Great Valley, Justin (Ashley) Chudy of Salamanca, Harley (Darrell Jeffries) Williams of Oklahoma

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Plans for town of E’ville Bicentennial underway Committee seeks ideas and volunteer assistance

By Deb Everts

Next year, the town of Ellicottville will be celebrating its 200th birthday. With the bicentennial coming up soon, the planning committee was off to an official start when they met at the Ellicottville Memorial Library Jan. 30. Dawn Westfall, president of the Ellicottville Historical Society, said although the planning for the bicentennial celebration was initiated by members of the historical society last May, she wants everyone to be involved. “We have lots and lots of visitors that could be a part of this celebration as well because they also have memories of Ellicottville,” she said. “If Ellicottville is anywhere in your family traditions then, by all means, come celebrate that. It’s part of Ellicottville’s unique history and it’s about the town coming together to celebrate its birthday.” Westfall said this meeting was different because it was the first time they went beyond the borders of just the historical society, which she wanted to do anyway. She said they had a good turnout of nine people that included a few representatives from the town as well as Holiday Valley, a local restaurant and a local newspaper, so she was really pleased with that. Although the chamber of commerce was not represented, she said they have reached out to the committee and this event will be huge for them to be involved in as well. “I want to emphasize that this celebration is for the town of Ellicottville, not the village. “Many people remember the sesquicentennial celebration held in 1987 for the Village of Ellicottville, which was formed in 1837,” she said. According to Westfall, the meeting focused on a number of topics related to the bicentennial celebration including the official birthdate of the town, which is April 20, and some initial ideas to possibly dovetail with the town’s annual events. Westfall said the committee is hoping to coordinate a few of their bicentennial events with some of Ellicottville’s annual activities in 2020. She said Winter Carnival/Mardi Gras Weekend is March 14 and 15 that year, and Holiday Valley plans to do something to promote the bicentennial during that event. The committee is also hoping to have flyers distributed about the other celebratory events that they’re going to be doing throughout the year. “As far as we know at this point, the Winter Carnival would be a kickoff celebration kindof-thing and the first event,” she said. “Then the town’s official birthdate, April 20, would possibly be a Day of Proclamation at the town center with a birthday cake and other refreshments.” Westfall continued with more ideas from the

Submitted photo Plans are underway for the town of Ellicottville’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2020. A vintage photo from the Charles R. “Bob” and Betty (Howard) Pettit Collection shows an image of “Home Week” in 1921, one year after the town’s centennial.

committee saying the American Legion always coordinates activities for Memorial Day, including a parade, so they talked about having a bicentennial float and maybe focus on veterans’ history. The third week in July is always the school’s Alumni Association Weekend, so Westfall said they are thinking of dovetailing with that event and making it their big bicentennial celebration with maybe a parade and Old Home Weekend because people will be in town anyway. She said another idea might be to coordinate something with Mark Dunkleman’s annual 154th Reunion event that is held at various places each year. She said they are looking into if he can have it in Ellicottville. Fundraising was brought up at the meeting. Westfall said just like with Great Valley, they will probably offer “Pioneer Certificates” to those people whose early ancestors came to the town of Ellicottville to settle. But, she said, it’s just in the beginning stages of talking and kicking around. Westfall, who calls herself a transplanted Floridian that came to the Great Valley/Ellicottville area 18-years ago, has a huge interest in history and genealogy. She has thought about having people write down their memories of Ellicottville and to gather them in some way. “As historians, we are the keepers of these memories but we also keep what memories we have already, so we need to be gathering those

memories,” she said. “We have everything about the forefathers, and that’s great because that’s where our beginnings came from, but what about the 1920s in the town of Ellicottville? What about the 1950s, 60s and 70s? One of these days, somebody is going to ask these questions. It’s important and it plays a much more significant part of the future than we think.” Westfall said anybody can be a part of the planning committee. It’s not necessary for their family to have lived in Ellicottville for six or seven generations to be a part of this historical town. She said it’s not just about the history of the first founders, it’s everybody. “We’re looking for people who would like to help plan and assist with the activities. We have great ideas, but they need to be developed further,” she said. “Anybody who has Ellicottville in their heart, who has a memory of Ellicottville and wants to help celebrate the town’s heritage is welcome.” Westfall said the bicentennial planning meetings will probably be held monthly on a Wednesday. She said the dates for the next couple of months are set for Feb. 27 and March 27 at 5 p.m. at the Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Road. For updated information on the town of Ellicottville’s bicentennial planning, contact Westfall at 699-6201 or daylight398@gmail.com. Also, visit the Ellicottville Historical Society’s Facebook page.

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Afternoon muzzleloader hunt brings buck of a lifetime

By Wade Robertson

New York muzzleloader season rolled around and the best news was the forests were white with snow. Snow makes life so much easier for the deer hunter, the chief advantage being improved visibility. True, the deer can see you easier as well, but snow allows you to see details more sharply and at a further distance. Mark Slavinski of Franklinville hadn’t been able to hunt in the morning. Chores and obligations kept him busy until noon. He rushed home, grabbed lunch and hit the woods at 1 p.m. He had a plan in mind. Since the deer had been hunted hard during archery and rifle season, they were a bit shy. The odds were excellent they’d be holed up in a large track of small trees, underbrush, thorns, briars and an occasional small pine he knew of. No trees here were large enough for a tree stand and, even better, this thick cover bordered a large cornfield. Thick cover next to a good food source is a hard combination to beat any time of the year. Despite the fact visibility was often limited to 30 yards or less, Mark felt confident he might see deer first if he moved very slowly and carefully. Perhaps the deciding factor to hunt here this afternoon was the wind. It was steady from the west and blowing 10 to 15 mph. Such a breeze constantly moved branches, dead leaves and goldenrod stems, helping to cover his motion as he still hunted through the thicket directly upwind. Still hunting requires patience and a ton of selfdiscipline. The hunter takes a few steps, stops, looks, listens, stands for some time and then takes a few more steps and repeats the process. It doesn’t sound it, but this very tiring and taxing. But, it’s imperative to remember that just out of sight a buck may be bedded or feeding. Just one or two extra, careless steps, he’ll see you and bolt, all you’re precious, painstaking stalking wasted by being impatient or simply becoming mentally and physically tired. Binoculars are an excellent tool in this type of hunting as they allow you to see through the brush to some degree, but eye strain occurs quickly. Myself, it’s better to take your time and trust your eyes in close-up cover. For more than two hours Mike slowly, methodically

stalked his way through this tangle. In that time he moved less than 250 yards. Finally, about 100 yards away he could just make out the tops of the large trees on the low, open ridge before him, bordering the brush he was hunting through. The temptation to move quickly forward and peek into the open woods was very strong, he was tired of this slow-motion misery, but also realized this last hundred yards was a prime place for the deer to be. Here at least, the brush was a little more open. Mike took five more careful steps and stopped yet again. Then a slight motion caught his eye and a big doe and a fawn materialized in front of him. They had no idea he was there. Where there’s two deer there’s probably more, and after a few minutes saw another doe jump and stop, looking intently behind her some 50 yards off. Her actions strongly suggested a buck was in the vicinity. Sure enough, he saw flickers of motion through the cover and then the flash of antlers — big antlers! Adrenalin set his heart pumping and he raised the rifle and waited for a clearer shot. The buck appeared, but the shot wasn’t a clear one. However, there would be no better shot to come so Mike picked what opening there was and fired. The Savage boomed; the deer all jumped and ran. Mike saw a sapling fall — drat, he’d hit a tree with his 300-grain sabot round. But, unexpectedly, the three does had run at Mike and stopped only 25 yards away, looking not at him but directly away. The buck simply vanished. With the wind waving the branches around and the deers’ rapt attention away from him he managed to rapidly reload his rifle without being seen. Miraculous! Mike then noticed he was standing on a faint, overgrown trail and, stirred by a premonition, looked down to his left. He almost fell over for there, next to a small red pine stood a tremendous buck. He almost couldn’t believe his eyes. The buck was broadside and, quickly leaning against a 2-inch sapling, Mike aimed and shot before he could shake any worse than he was. The deer ran as if untouched and vanished almost immediately. He reloaded with shaking hands and quickly moved to the location the deer had stood, finding some blood and hair, but the thick low brush here and multitude of other deer tracks made tracking

Rifkin dominates at Empire State Games By Caitlin Croft The first race of the season for U12/10/8 athletes opened with a Dual Giant Slalom at Holiday Valley. U12 Girls: Mia Kerl of HoliMont took home the gold medal in the season opener. Holiday Valley’s Molly DeRose finished with the silver with teammate Sydney Kuder rounding out the podium with the bronze. Olivia Cummings (HO) finished 4th, Sophia Goldberg (HV) 5th, Jane Rathbun (HO) 6th, Georgia Priestman (HO) 7th and Madeline Everest (HV) 8th. Grace Privitera (HV) took 9th, Evelyn Walcott (HO) 10th, Georgia Blott (HO) 11th, Georgia Hewson (HO) 12th, Eniko Knezic (HO) 13th, Teagan Banyard (HO) 14th and Hannah Goldberg (HV) 15th. Marlena Pecora (HO) placed 17th, Annabelle Malone (HO) 18th, Eilis Teahen (HO) 19th, Bridget Byers (HO) 22nd and Haleigh Rittling (HO) 23rd. U12 Boys: Holiday Valley’s Jr Palmerton finished on top of the podium with the gold medal. Cody Preston (HO) finished with the silver and Ethan Peters (HO) took 3rd. Coleman Carls (HO) finished 4th, Kester Tichband (HO) 5th, Liam Hamel (HO) 6th, Holden Bozek (HO) 7th, Jasper Tullett (HO) 8th, Everett Hamel (HO) 9th, Declan Coleman (HV) 10th, Grant Stephens (HV) 13th, Laken Marsh (HO) 14th and Christian Lisowsky (HO) 16th. Sage Smith (HO) took 17th, Vincent Scott (HO) 18th, Shay Malone (HO) 19th, Adrian Bohdanowycz (HO) 20th, Nicholas Elia (HV) 21st and Henry Black (HV) 23rd. U10 Girls: Isabella Cummings (HO) walked away with the gold medal followed by teammates Peyton Weinstein and Ruby Burget in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Presley Napolitano (HO) finished 4th, Lilah Buitenhuis (HO) 5th and Sadie Bruen (HO) 6th. U10 Boys: Hudson Marshall (HV) finished with the gold medal. Eli Feuerstein (HO) took 2nd with teammate Harrison Bozek with the bronze. Michael McCulloch took 5th, Jude Lisowsky (HO) 7th, Caleb Miller (HV) 8th, Randall Marsh (HO) 9th, Sam Moore (HO) 11th, Ashton McGeachie (HO) 13th and Kaden Tichband (HO) 14th. U8 Girls: Clara Buitenhuis finished 3rd. U8 Boys: Robert Marshall (HV) took home the gold. Mason Cummings (HO) finished with the silver medal and Jack Rathbun (HO) took 3rd. Ryan Campbell (HO) finished 4th and Maddox Paul (HV) 5th. Super G: U21/19 Women: HoliMont’s Zoe Knauss just

missed the podium taking 4th place. Kate Masliwec (HO) finished 9th. U21/19 Men: Jes Sauereisen (HV) took home the silver medal. U16 Women: Rory Sauereisen of Holiday Valley placed 19th, Amanda Arteaga (HO) 28th, Charleigh Priestman (HO) 30th, Isabella Stringer (HO) 33rd and Gianna Ferrara (HO) 34th. U16 Men: Laz Rifkin (HV) walked away with the gold medal. Alexander Wojnowski (HV) finished 6th and Logan Kidd (HO) 7th. Giant Slalom: U21/19 Women: HoliMont’s Zoe Knauss once again found herself in 4th place. U21/19 Men: Maxxon Solly (HO) took 5th. U16 Women: Cece Carls (HO) finished 14th and Gianna Ferrara (HO) 17th. U16 Men: Laz Rifkin (HV) once again found himself on top of the podium with the gold medal. Ross Fuller (HV) finished 6th, David Rintoul (HO) 7th and Will Knauss (HO) 8th. Slalom: U21/19 Women: Kate Masliwec (HO) finished 12th and Zoe Knauss (HO) 14th. U21/19 Men: Nicholas Scott (HO) placed 5th. U16 Women: Isabella Stringer (HO) took 14th, Gianna Ferrara (HO) 20th, Rory Sauereisen (HV) 22nd and Amanda Arteaga (HO) 27th. U16 Men: Alexander Wojnowski (HV) finished 7th and David Rintoul (HO) 13th. The U21/19/16 athletes will be off for one weekend followed by two straight weekends with a Giant Slalom at Hunt Hollow and Slalom at Snow Ridge and State Championships after at Gore and West Mountain for the U21/19 and U16’s respectively. U14s will travel to Hunt Hollow for their Super G and U12/10/8s will be back at it the 16th and 17th at Kissing Bridge and Buffalo Ski Club for a Slalom and Dual Slalom.

impossible. He weaved through the cover as best he could in the direction the deer ran. Reaching the open forest, to his amazement and delight, Mike found his buck. It was truly magnificent, a huge 10-point with an honest-to-goodness 24-inch spread. He was in awe and couldn’t believe he had bagged such a trophy; it didn’t seem possible. It took Mike 2½ hours to get his buck out — the deer weighed a ton, his wide rack constantly snagged and caught brush, small saplings, thick weeds, logs and especially downed corn stalks. Even worse, Mike had no cell service to call for help. He was quivering with exhaustion when he finally reached the truck. Few will ever bag a buck like Mike’s — it scored 163 2/8, truly a trophy of a lifetime. Mike showed me the antlers and I was amazed by them. To Mike’s credit he didn’t brag or boast, he simply assumed a look of quiet reverence gazing at his gift from above, for it appears destiny smiled upon him on that most memorable day.

February Fat Bike night ride at state park is Friday The Allegany State Park Environmental Education and Recreation Department is excited to host another fat bike event on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. with the ride starting at 7. Check-in will be in the main lobby of the Red House Administration Building, although registration is not required. If you are interested in renting a bike for the evening, you must call ahead as bike availability is limited. Call Loud Performance of Bemus Point, 3861171, to rent bikes. Bring warm clothes, helmet, headlight and a sense of adventure. The five-mile fun ride is for all levels and will last up to two hours, depending on the weather. Riders will wind through the Red House campgrounds, around the lake out to the Butterfly Meadow and into small sections of woods eventually ending the ride by the warm fires in Red House Picnic shelter. With the growing popularity of fat bikes, the Recreation department wanted to

give patrons another way to enjoy winter. They will also be available to demo during mountain bike tours in the summer. Fat bikes are the monster trucks of the bike world. With big tires, typically 3.8 inches (97 mm) or wider, they are designed for low pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud. Fat bikes have been around since the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until frame builders in both Alaska and Mexico began experimenting with different frames, parts and tire widths in the 1990s that they were born. Non-holiday Monday night rides began Jan. 28. Meet at the Red House Administration Building at 5:30 p.m. with the ride starting at 6. If there is no snow, any bike is welcomed. For more information, contact the Environmental Education and Recreation Dept. at 354-9101 ext. 232 or email AlleganySP@ parks.ny.gov.


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