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NFSC Hosts Gold Team Only Top Ski Racers Selected

by Jennie Acklin

At Holiday Valley, ski racers are mentored and coached by a caring group of dedicated coaches, but a handful who make the elite Gold Team get a special chance to take it to the

next level. Miguel Azcarate, a former professional ski racer for Spain and Gold Team chairperson, provides this group of top Western New York athletes,

an Olympic-style ski camp with specialized training through the Niagara Frontier Ski Council (NFSC), which is composed of Holiday Valley,

ECS Expresses Sorrow

Taking Steps to Improve Security By Jann Wiswall

The ECS Board of Education met briefly on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2013, for its regular meeting and then adjourned to attend a scheduled meeting See Azcarate/Gold Team page 5 with the architects and financial consultants involved in the proposed school building renovation project (see Capital Improvements, page 9). Tuesday was the second

day of school following the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and both Superintendent Mark Ward and Elementary School Principal Connie Poulin relayed to the board that it had been an emotionally challenging couple of days and the subject had been all consuming. “We can’t control everything and everyone,” said Ward, “but there are some actions we can

take, and we will take them. I want parents, children and our staff to know that we’re being vigilant in keeping them safe.” Poulin said that parents and colleagues have been understandably anxious and upset. She visited all of the grades 4-6 classrooms to talk about the tragedy and let students express their concerns. See ECS Sorrow page 8

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A few of the NFSC ski team members with coach MIguel Azcarate and Marth Buyer

January Heats up with Winter Blues Festival

by Sue Whistler

Santa has returned to the North Pole, you’ve cleaned up the confetti and Champagne corks and sung your last chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” for the

season. Now what? Don’t start singing the blues. Instead, head on down to Ellicottville for the 13th annual Winter Blues Weekend and let some of the

best blues bands in Western New York do the singing for you. Beginning Friday night, Jan. 4, 2013, Ellicottville’s hot spots See Winter Blues page 4

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property. Research to verify this That’s the word around town – L.L. Bean is coming to rumor led to the discovery of Ellicottville and is being built a sales web page that strongly at the site of the former Signore suggested Iskalo Ellicottville

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Holdings, LLC, owner of the old Signore site located at 5557 Jefferson St., is ready to begin developing the property. See Coming to Town page 8

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There will be snow this February in Salamanca, N.Y. Even if it feels like spring outside from Feb. 22–24, crews will turn one million gallons of water into snow over a football-field-sized plot of land immediately east of Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. It will include snowmobile tracks with wicked twists and turns, as well as ramps that will send vehicles flying dozens of feet into the air. It’s all part of the excitement that will take place when the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series comes to Western New York for the first time ever. The series of weekend events are designed for the whole family and will make spectators’ hearts pump fast. More than 200 See Snocross page 6

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Dec 21-27, 2012 As we enter Christmas Week, both Holimont and Holiday Valley should be up and running. THE FUN CAPITAL of New York State, Ellicottville NY, is really ready for a blast of snow. However, even with our limited snow fall, life here in our part of the world really doesn’t get much better than what we are experiencing right now. Therefore, lets get out and enjoy what Ellicottville is offering and take part in the FUN goings-on. Starting today, Friday December 21, 2012 through Thursday December 27, 2012 we will have nine Bands, three DJ’s, lots of sound system music events, some ski flick movies, an End Of The World Party plus all the daily food and drink specials that are taking place right here in our neighborhood. Check out the ads in The Ellicottville Times newspaper. Then visit our excellent clubs and restaurants to enjoy the FUN and good times Ellicottville offers. The Ski Flick Movies, sponsored by The City Garage, will be taking place in The Depot all the hours they are open. Besides serving their excellent menu and playing selected artist’s music as part of the background for the Ski Movies, The Depot will be offering really FUN Christmas Cheer as part of their encouragement for The Snow Gods. The music kicks off at 7:00 PM this Friday in Balloons with 10 Delaware on stage. 10 Delaware is a really FUN cover classic rock and party band playing tunes from the last thirty years or so. While their music is cover, this fourpiece group puts a bit of their own twist on things, creating an evening of very danceable and good listening music times. Therefore, besides serving an excellent Fish Fry, Balloons will host another really FUN Friday evening of music. Following 10 Delaware, Personable DJ John Barry will take over the festivities with his really neat and FUN, LIVE Personality Show Off Show from Balloons New & Enlightened Sound Booth. Like always, John’s show will includes a neat danceable selection of tunes and good Party-Time FUN till close. Returning to 9:00 PM Friday RT Live will be WOWING The Gin Mill Crowd with his acoustic version of many classics to country rock tunes. Like always when billed, as “RT Live” RT will be a solo act creating a FUN acoustic Gin Mill Music Night. For those of you who enjoy a later meal, especially a fish fry, The Gin Mill is the place. They serve their excellent, reasonably priced, menu till midnight on weekends. Then at 11:00 PM Friday Madigans will host their End Of The World Party featuring the music of Goodbye Dawn. Here we have a contemporary, five-piece, very high energy band playing tunes from today in a sing and dance along fashion that will make a neat party happen till close. As their website says, Goodbye Dawn will hit you with some renovated jams from the 80’s and 90’s. However the bulk of their energy is courtesy of today’s artists. A really neat Madigans Party Night will happen this Friday. Moving on to Saturday at

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6:00 PM, Balloons will have The TruFate Band doing their really neat Rock Show. TruFate, a veteran four-piece band from WNY, who has done Ellicottville gigs before, plays a wide variety of Cover Classic, Southern and Hard Rock tunes. You will also hear some Rockin Blues with a side of Blues/Jazz. Like their web site says, they keep their covers true to their original recordings. However, they will add flavor when they deem it appropriate. Balloons will be HOPPIN this Saturday. Following TruFate, The FUN continues with DJ Flakey Frank Watson, “The Party Monster” doing his rendition of Party Continuation from Balloons New & Enlightened Sound Booth. DJ Flakey Frank, while on leave from The Disoriented DJ Home, will provide an excellent danceable selection of tunes and all-ages friendly FUN till close. Returning to 9:00 PM Saturday when we will have two gigs. First The Gin Mill will have “West”, an Original Ellicottville Favorite Band, ROCKIN The House. This Classic Rock Band, from Olean, has performed in and around Ellicottville for close to twenty years. Ron and Terry, who are the driving force of “West”, always put on an excellent Rock N Roll Show. Their tunes mainly cover, from the last several decades are done in True Ron and Terry or West Style. This neat band is a Gin Mill Regular Band and we all feel that is a good thing. Also at 9:00 PM Saturday, The PUB in Great Valley will have Roll The Dice, a local retro, classic rock to country band, on their music stage. Their music, consisting of everything from the Rock A Billy era through the eighties, has a bit of a country sound or twist. The interesting combination of music they produce will, as always, add to the FUN Times Happenin in The PUB this Saturday night. After another music free Sunday that will allow us to enjoy a Bills win over The Dolphins, we now happily move on to Christmas week. Monday being Christmas Eve, The Gin Mill’s kitchen will close at 9:00 PM. They will not be serving their wonderful All U Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner this Christmas eve either. The Gin Mill will reopen around 5:00 PM on Christmas Tuesday. Merry Christmas to all and to all please enjoy the FUN Times with family and friends. Moving to Wednesday, another Ellicottville tradition will happen. That being an 8:00 PM performance in The Gin Mill by The Joe Wagner & Friends Band. Joe again will be joined by Freddie Joseph, or if you wish Bongos Freddie, and probably Retro Lil Joey on spoons. The music will still be the same wonderful Acoustic Classic to Southern Rock that

Joe and his crew have done so well over the last twenty plus years. The Gin Mill’s excellent chicken wings will still be on special and The Good Music and FUN Gin Mill Wednesday will happen. Thursday we will have three music events. First at 8:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Freddie & Friends doing another weekly version of what used to be “The Weekly Notice Band”. The music, as always, will be excellent Classic to Country Rock. Like we always say, just who will be performing won’t be known until they start the gig. What we know for sure, The Gin Mill will be ROCKIN & FUN this Thursday night. Also at 8:00 PM Thursday The PUB in Great Valley will have DJ Felony along with his Karaoke Show doing his FUN Thursday gig. As we always say, this neat show gives The PUB Patrons two options. You may be part of the show or just kick back and enjoy The Local & FUN PUB Good Times. One more point of interest, check out The PUB’S Good Food Now Menu. You will enjoy what you see. Moving to 9:00 PM Thursday, Madigans will be have Ellicottville’s Favorite Party Rock Band, “The Party Squad” back for the winter doing what they do best, which is, playing tunes and creating good times for Madigans Partygoers on Thursday nights in Madigans Up-Stairs Party Bar all winter long. Welcome back Dave, Mark, Nelson, Rick and Joe, who are this wonderful band. A

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Get to Know: Shannon Carscallen Title: Owner, E-Ville Spirits & Wine A Few Facts: Mention wine education and her face just lights up. “That’s my passion,” said Shannon Carscallen, who celebrated E-Ville Spirits & Wine’s ninth year in business on Dec. 18. Carscallen, whose family has owned Buffalo’s Gates Circle Wine & Liquor since the prohibition era, has traveled extensively all over the world to taste, learn about and purchase some of the world’s best wines. She knows her stuff. She’s certified in wine education. And there’s nothing she’d rather do than help others learn about what she loves. “I’ve been doing food and wine pairings for customers every month in Buffalo for many years,” she said. “I’m building an interest in pairings in Ellicottville as well.” She’s conducted tastings and pairings at Cadillac Jack’s and the Silver Fox, and has trained Cadillac Jack’s staff on serving and pairing wines with menu items. She does tastings in private homes as well, and the store now has a cuvée tasting system in operation at all times. She points out that she and her staff have tasted every wine they sell. “If we don’t like it, we don’t sell it.” Carscallen also has introduced a “Four-Bottle Wine Club” in Ellicottville. Each month, club members who are truly motivated to learn about wines pay $100 and receive four hand-selected wines. Carscallen provides educational materials so club members can

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Winter Blues Festival Cont. from Front Page

will be movin’ and groovin’ all weekend with live, local, blues acts. It’s a great way to warm up after a fabulous day on the slippery slopes of our two favorite local ski resorts. Here’s a preview of a few of the headliners. Brandon Santini & His Band kicks off the weekend at Balloons on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Memphis vocalist and blues harmonica player Santini takes audiences on a tour through the blues as he performs various styles from hard-driving delta blues to Stax-sounding funk to swanky lounge jazz. His debut CD, “Songs of Love, Money & Misery,” is quickly becoming a familiar feature on blues formatted stations worldwide. I

can’t think of a better title for a blues CD. One-woman blues band and Buffalo native Yvonne Schmidt will be packing the house at Madigan’s on Saturday night, Jan. 5. Schmidt uses her smooth three-and-half-octave alto voice to sing everything from hard-driving danceable blues, modern country with a twist and slow deep blues ballads. Her latest CD, “Nothing But Blue,” hit number five on the Living Blues Radio Charts. Hardcore fans of the blues will want to check out the original “Survival Blues” of the Jony James Blues Band Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. at Ellicottville Brewing Company. Jony’s voice has been described as everything

from weathered and leathery to “carrying a touching sort of quiet sadness” by Mary Kunz Goldman of the Buffalo News. Sounds like the perfect voice and band to create some real blues magic. There will be much more information on the Winter Blues Weekend lineup as it becomes available on the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce website at So, if you’re feeling a little let down after the chaos and commotion of the holidays, here’s a solution. Slide on down to EVL and spend a wonderful winter weekend skiing and listening to the blues instead of singing them. A

Ellicottville Memorial Library Book Review “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller A post-apocalyptic tale of a pilot who has survived the devastation following a flu outbreak that has killed everyone he knows. He lives fol at the edge of runway—which he shares with his 1956 Cessna, his dog, and a slightly untrustworthy survivalist. He spends his days flying do the perimeter, looking out for intruders and thinking about the things he’s lost such as his deceased wife and the nearly extinct trout he he loved to fish. When a distant beacon sparks in him the realization that lov something better might be out there, it’s only a matter of time before som he goes searching. Both funny and sad, a story about what it means to be human.

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Shannon Carscallen, owner of E-Ville Spirits & Wine, with her dog Chloe, showcasing the Fine Wine room addition.

learn about their monthly wines in detail. Some of the selected wines are available in the store; others are unique enough that she can’t stock them but can make them available under these limited conditions. Club members also are invited to quarterly educational events. Currently, there are 15 members and capacity is limited. About half of the members, she says, are year round area residents. Carscallen is quick to point out that she stocks wines at all price points – “an $8 bottle can be just as fabulous as a $40 bottle.” This year, she has brought in more international wines in an effort to expand people’s horizons beyond Cabernets and Chardonnays. And next year, she has big plans. She explained, “We’re

raising the roof!” She plans to create an educational seminar space above the store where she’ll offer more tastings and more wine pairing classes. Q: What do you think makes Ellicottville special? A: I think one thing that makes Ellicottville special is that so many of our small business owners are women. That’s one of the reasons I opened the store here. I worked in corporate medical sales for 10 years, an industry that is so male dominated. It didn’t matter how hard a woman worked; there was always a man promoted ahead of her. The atmosphere in Ellicottville is different. The retailers (men and women alike) all work together – we have a lot in common. Q: In an ideal world, what would you like to see change in Ellicottville in the next five - ten years? A: More parking! Not only do we need more parking for customers, but we also need parking for employees who work in town so they don’t use spots that are meant for customers. Q: What would you like to see stay the same in Ellicottville in the next five ten years? A: I like that there seems to be more focus on development of things to do in town during the off-season, like the bowling alley, Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park and the recreational trail. This is a very positive trend I would like to see continue. Q: Are you involved in any organizations/community/ volunteer groups outside of your official responsibilities? A: I’ve always been an active donor to a lot of fundraisers and non-profits in the area. I’ve been involved in the Royal Acorn Club at the Library, and just last week I was invited to become a member of the Rotary Club of Ellicottville. I’m looking forward to getting more involved at that level. Q: What are your favorite area events/activities? A: There are so many great events and activities in Ellicottville all year round, but I have to say my favorite time of year is right now, just before Christmas. The town is all dressed up and adorable, the shops are prepared for the busy season and everyone is cheerful, but there’s also a little bit of quiet before everyone starts getting their mojo going. A

Local Fire Depts., Ambulance Co. Donate Four AEDs to ECS On Dec. 18, 2013, the Great Valley and Mansfield Fire Departments and EllicottvilleGreat Valley Ambulance, Inc., presented four Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices to ECS Board of Education President Roger Spell and Vice President Connie Hellwig. The donation of these devices, valued at $1,500 each, will be strategically placed throughout the school building to enable first responders and trained ECS staff to act quickly in case of a cardiac emergency. Pictured from left are Clarence Bickell, president, Great Valley Fire Department; Rob Snider, chief I, Great Valley Fire Department; Anne Adams, first aid captain, Mansfield Fire Department; Eric Pearl, chief, Mansfield Fire Department; Kevin Watt, board member, Ellicottville-Great Valley Ambulance, Inc.; Connie Hellwig; and Roger Spell.

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HoliMont, Kissing Bridge, Peak n’ Peak, Buffalo Ski Club and Ski Denton. The program has seen great success by establishing standards and providing cooperative training opportunities for the area’s top level ski competitors at all levels from JIV through JI. The NFSC Gold Team is a reward, of sorts, for the racers’ outstanding race results from the prior ski season. To qualify, athletes from member ski areas must submit an essay to be considered for the Gold Team and each area’s coach must make a personal recommendation. Once these young skiers qualify for the elite Gold Team, they are invited to a preseason training camp taught by Azcarate, who is also the Training Center director at Holiday Valley. For four days in December at Holiday Valley, 27 teammates eat, sleep, work out and, of course, ski together. A professional strength training workout is part of the schedule, as well as video analysis of their racing runs of the day. The group also discusses proper nutrition during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Azcarate treats these athletes

to lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley, provides a custom uniform for the season and dinner each evening (and we’re not talking fast food or junk food). This year’s pre-season ski camp runs Dec. 20–23, 2012. The money to fund this program comes from one primary fundraising event with sponsors Shults Auto Group of Jamestown, Rossignol Ski Company, and Mud Sweat n’ Gears, Azcarate and his wife Kim Reading’s successful ski shop in Ellicottville. Additional funds come from race entry fees. The grand prize of the fundraising event is a car, which can be won only through the purchase of raffle tickets sold from December through March. The proceeds of raffle ticket sales also become the primary financial support of the Holiday Valley Training Center teams: freestyle, snowboard, racing, as well as the Gold Team. The raffle drawing is usually held during the Pond Skimming event in March at Holiday Valley. Ellicottville Times to Sell Pink Raffle Tickets Ski racing is a sport that is

held near and dear to the heart of the Ellicottville Times, and we are excited to join Azcarate and the NFSC fundraising efforts this year by selling pink raffle tickets at our offices and through our newspaper. For every “pink ticket” sold, the Ellicottville Times will make an additional monetary donation to the Gold Team and the American Cancer Society. Advertisers will also be able to support the Gold Team through special opportunities throughout the season. Congratulations to this year’s 2012-2013 Niagara Frontier Ski Council Gold Team members: Sofie Sellstrom, Thomas Shantler, Christine Moloney, Caelan Cavcic, William Mangan, Danielle Mason, David Flaherty, Joseph Mergl, Max Carbaugh, Mack Hurley, Andre Berberich, Andrew Mangan, Mitchell Teal, Maggie Munshauer, Caison Lavicka, Aiden Elizondo, Hannah Halli, Hanna Doro, Harry Armstrong, Chloe Richards, Anya Elizando, Ethan Hejna, Nathan Brieselden, Alex Baase, Patricia Mangan, Taylor Davies and Jacob Flaherty. A

Coaches Jeff Walker and Martha Buyer getting the team ready for their first on-snow workout of the day at Camp Thursday morning, Holiday Valley..

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Town Planning Board Moves to Hold New Public Hearing on Glen Burn Trail By Jann Wiswall

At the Ellicottville Town Planning Board meeting on Dec. 17, 2013, Carl Calarco of CRC Engineering and Land Surveying presented revised drawings for the Glen Burn Trail subdivision at 6430-6422 Route 242 East, adjacent to StrideTool and the Ilex Inn. The new plan, which addresses engineering and zoning problems identified at previous planning board meetings, proposes a development of 38 townhomes, mostly made up of duplexes with a few triplex buildings. Back in 2009, the planning board had approved one phase of the project, authorizing the original developer to begin preparing the infrastructure and obtain building permits for three units of a 43-unit plan as long as the developer presented detailed architectural drawings, provided 15-foot setbacks from parent parcel boundaries, and allowed for a 72-foot separation between the fronts of the buildings. The board also asked for revised site plans that provide more and larger parking spaces, a homeowner’s association document draft, more open space and other specific revisions. Given the sale of the property to a new developer, Chris McNally, the extent of the conditions and issues related to preparation of the rest of the plat, Calarco said his firm and McNally “slowed everything down and re-looked at all plans.” The new plan, Calarco believes, meets the board’s requirements and also provides a development that will be more attractive to potential buyers. He also said that, rather than beginning construction on just one phase of the project, his team now was asking the board for approval of a single-phase

Revised drawings for the Glen Burn Trail subdivision submitted to the Town Planning Board. plan to build all infrastructures at once, with a projected start date of spring 2013. Town Planner Carol Horowitz explained to the planning board that its task for the evening was to determine two things: 1) Is there a need to reopen a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) on the site; and 2) Does the new plan represent a major or minor change to the master plan. If it represented a major or substantial change, she explained, Calarco and colleagues would need to resubmit the sewer plans to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the water plans to the County Health Department, hold another public hearing, and then go back to the planning board for approval. With that, Horowitz and Town Engineer Mark Alianello reviewed in detail the revised plans with the board, going through extensive comments, concerns and issues. They pointed out a number of improvements over the previous plans, such as better road alignment, more open space, better snow storage and dumpster space, better

lighting and parking plans, adequate fencing adjacent to a storm water detention basin, professional landscaping and more. Horowitz noted some revisions that were needed in the homeowners’ association draft and Alianello said that the plans would require final surveyors’ stamps. Overall, however, there was consensus that the new plans were significantly improved and met zoning regulations. Margaret (Sis) Signore, planning board chair, then asked the board to discuss the two issues Horowitz put forth at the beginning of the meeting. The board quickly decided that there was no need to reopen an SEQR. That motion was made and carried. The board then decided that since the new plans were so significantly different from the original plan and that it was now a single phase project, there should be a motion to declare “substantial change” and to set a public hearing at the board’s January meeting. The motion carried. The next meeting of the Ellicottville Town Planning Board will be held on Jan. 28, 2013, at the Town Hall at 6 p.m. A

Health: The Success Triangle by Kim Duke

Championship Snocross Cont. from Front Page

of the top snowmobile racers from North America and nearly a dozen countries worldwide will face off in a full-throttle, action-packed series of races that combine big-air jumps and competitive racing. The weekend is also one of eight nationally televised events on CBS Sports for the 2012-2013 season. Bleachers set up around the track can accommodate thousands of fans, and bright lights will illuminate the track during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday, when the main events take place and are taped for television. The atmosphere will be festive, including food, beverage, gear for purchase in the nearby Seneca Allegany Events Center, jumbo-sized video screens, autograph sessions, and activities for the whole family – including the Traxxas Try Me Track, which allows fans to test remote-controlled trucks on a snow-covered course. According to Carl Schubitzke, president and race

director, International Series of Champions (ISOC) Racing, New York State is a “hotbed” for snowmobile enthusiasts and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel is a perfect fit for races. “We’re looking to entertain and welcome people with open arms,” he said. “The speeds and sounds are exhilarating. You definitely won’t get this at home.” Approximately 50 practice, qualifying, and final races will take place each of the three days, including 22 races during both the Friday and Saturday night main events. Amateur racing takes place in the afternoons, culminating in a major race on Sunday. As many as 15 vehicles will be on the track during a race, and individual races are broken down by age, gender, and snowmobile type. “These are the best-quality tracks in the world,” Schubitzke said. “We go over every detail with a fine-tooth comb and ensure the utmost safety for everyone involved.” This is Seneca Allegany

Casino & Hotel’s second big venture in the world of snowmobiling in as many years. In late October of 2011, Seneca Gaming Corporation and the Seneca Nation of Indians provided a $66,850 sponsorship to Snow Bounders, Inc., a local snowmobile association, for the construction and maintenance of a new 1.5-mile snowmobile trail that connects Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel to 90 miles of existing trails in nearby Allegany State Park. “We strive to keep our events very affordable and offer a variety of passes – such as day, night, full-weekend, adult, and child – for the weekend activities,” he said. “There’s so much to do throughout the whole experience. It’s highly entertaining, and there’s never a dull moment. Most of all, I think attendees will be amazed at the speed and athleticism of the athletes. They make the twists, turns, and jumps look effortless.” A

Mountain Coaster Opening Soon Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 2–8 p.m. Tannenbaum area Experience a crisp mountain coaster ride down the mountain. Cars holding 1–2 people careen over twists and into turns as you glide through the trees. Open Thursdays-Fridays 2–8 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays and holidays 1–8 p.m.

About one out of five American kids is overweight enough to be considered obese. Sadly, childhood obesity tends to mature into adulthood obesity. About a third of the adults that are obese got that way in their childhood. That’s one of the numerous reasons why it is crucial to keep kids from becoming overweight and to help obese kids lose weight. Childhood obesity and an inactive lifestyle go hand in hand. More than half of these children are inactive. Generally, kids who are physically inactive at home are inactive elsewhere. They tend to take the least active role in organized activities. Many times, obese children want to participate in an activity but feel embarrassed and awkward. Poor nutrition is also a large factor in childhood obesity. Soda, chips, cookies and fast foods seem to be the snacks/ meals of choice for many kids and their families. These foods should come with a warning label on them like cigarettes. I cringe when I see children sucking down soda and sugary drinks like it’s their job and only eating processed foods with a shelf life of 100 years or more. Your body is 75 percent water. This means you should be consuming food rich in water like fruits and veggies. Lack of water is the No. 1 trigger of daytime fatigue. A mere 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing. Attitude also plays an essential role in childhood

obesity. Oftentimes, a child who is obese has a parent or parents who are also obese. Attitude means feeling good, living with respect integrity and tolerance. When parents have positive attitudes, kids feel supported. Change is hard and eating nutritiously can seem challenging. In reality, it is not. It may take a little more prep time and a few more trips to the grocery store for fresh fruits and veggies. In the long run, it is always worth it! So, my advice is to take the three attributes of childhood obesity and draw a triangle. Place the words activity, nutrition and attitude at each point. Now make another triangle – let’s call this the success triangle. Label this triangle with the words dedication, vision and faith at the three connecting points. This triangle is meant to challenge the first triangle, to give a mirror image of what can be – what you can do by living every day with a big heart, unlimited passion and an unwavering faith in yourself and each other. Let’s start with activity. Think dedication. As a family, set up opportunities as a family

to add physical activity to your weekly routines. Oftentimes winter means staying indoors. Change that mindset and get outdoors. Hike, ski, go sledding or walk the dog. As a parent of two boys, I do not always want to “play” with them, but I will certainly encourage them to throw on play clothes and get outside. They may come in filthy, but they have been running, throwing and lifting. Now to tackle nutrition. Think vision. As adults, we know how our bodies feel when we eat good things and we know how our bodies feel when we eat junk. You certainly do not feel energized after chowing down chicken wings and soda. Let’s be realistic, too. Convincing your obese child that a slice of watermelon is better for them than ice cream may be a hard sell, so set realistic expectations. Start with small changes, like only offering milk or water at meals. Gradually make your changes bigger, like cutting out certain processed foods altogether. Believe me, small changes will make a big difference and if you are making these changes as a family, the chance is even greater that you will achieve your desired results. Now, let’s hit attitude again. Think faith. Believe in yourself and never give up your dreams and ideals. Positive thinking has powerful effects, as does negative thinking. Change is not easy, but it is imperative if you are obese or if your child is obese. It could mean life or death. So, stop finding excuses and start making a plan. You will never grow tired of how good healthy can feel. A

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ECS Walking Program

On Jan. 10, skiers and riders can enjoy the slopes in New York for only $10! There are also opportunities to Learn To Ski or Ride starting at $25 for some areas. For a full list of participating areas and to get your voucher, visit

Ellicottville Central School will host a Walk Program for community members through April 25, 2013. The building will be open Monday - Thursday from 6-9p.m. when school is in session. Walkers are asked to check-in at the High School back parking lot entrance, each time they walk.

The Community Cantata - one of my most favorite things of Ellicottville!

Photos by Mary Fox

Friday December 21, 2012

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Holiday Valley Snowmaking 101

Skiers and riders have come to expect total coverage and excellent snow quality most, if not all of the time. With that goal in mind, Holiday Valley has invested over $10 million in their massive snowmaking system over the past 44 years. Holiday Valley operates an air/water snowmaking system, meaning that compressed air and water travel through a total of 28 miles of underground pipes to hydrants on 95% of the slopes. Under ideal conditions in full operations, the system can make 2.8 acre feet of snow per hour (about the amount of snow that would cover a football field with 2.8 feet of snow)! So what are ideal conditions? According to Steve Crowley, Director of Mountain Operations and former head of Snowmaking, it is 18 degrees wet bulb with about a 10 to 15 mile per hour wind from

the west and frozen ground. Wet bulb is the air temperature adjusted for the humidity, as the amount of water in the air affects the rate of evaporation; the dryer the air the quicker water evaporates and the more cooling takes place. Here’s a simplified version of how snow is made…water and compressed air move up through the snowgun pipe and at the top, the water sprays out through nozzles and breaks up into fine droplets. The compressed air coming out through the nozzle further breaks up the droplets and as the air expands it has a cooling effect to help freeze the fine droplets. Once a nucleus forms, other molecules of water freeze around it to form a crystal. As they fall from the 30 foot towers, the crystals continue to freeze and accumulate in mounds on the ground. A new snow crystal is like an egg with

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a liquid center inside the frozen shell, so the mounds are left to “cure” the snow. The groomers plane the mounds after a couple of days and we’re left with a wonderful corduroy skiing surface. Holiday Valley’s snowmaking system is comprised of 430 tower guns, 50 ground guns and 560 hydrants. Most of the snowguns are manufactured by HKD. The newest guns installed in 2011 and 2012 are HKD Tower Impulse guns which are adjustable for air temperature and humidity. As the air temperature and humidity drop, the amount of compressed air can be decreased, which saves energy. In 2005, Holiday Valley installed automated snowmaking on Cindy’s Run which allowed snowmakers to turn all of the guns on at the same time. The latest round of automated snowmaking is the HKD Klix system, which was installed on Mardi Gras in 2011 and on Yodeler, Morning Star and the Candy Cane loop in 2012. Automation has the advantage of quick startups and shut downs, so even if favorable snowmaking temperatures exist for just an hour, the system can make

snow. The Klix system also has weather stations that monitor temperature and humidity and the guns can automatically adjust to changes. The water for the snowmaking system is supplied from the ponds on the golf course and the 64 million gallon Spruce Lake, located at the top of the Spruce Lake Quad lift. Spruce Lake was constructed during the summer of 2006 and it doubled the amount of water available for snowmaking. The final and most important element of the Holiday Valley system is the hard working and experienced snowmaking crew. These 29 hearty men work through the dark of night in the coldest and nastiest of weather to create each one of those delicate crystals. Most of their work is from the beginning of December through the end of February, depending on the season. Their final work of the year is the creation of the giant snowbar at the base of Yodeler for Winter Carnival. So when you’re enjoying that cold beer with your friends and watching the Dummy Downhill this March, be sure to give a toast to the Holiday Valley snowmakers! J

Holiday Valley’s New Chalet opened last Saturday, Dec. 15

Dennis Eshbaugh and NY Senator Cathy Young toast the new chalet at a ceremony on Dec. 15.

An snow-covered outdoor firepit on the new chalet deck.

Heated decks and outdoor seating have great slopside views.

The new T-Bar, on the top floor of the chalet. Photos by Jennie Acklin

Kwik Fill/Red Apple Offer Healthy Food Options Special Product Line Just for Ellicottville by Eva Potter

Can you buy healthy food at a convenience store? You certainly can in Ellicottville. When United Refining Company (URC) built a new Kwik Fill gas station and Red Apple convenience store on the corner of Mill Street and Route 219, an opportunity presented itself. With a brand new store, which opened Dec. 6, 2012,

the company had a chance to change their product offerings and tailor selections to more closely match Ellicottville’s athletic, outdoor-oriented lifestyle. Through extensive research, URC has brought in the kinds of food and drink products they hope will appeal to area consumers all in one convenient location. Stop in and you’ll discover several new product lines

Photos by Mary Fox

including a growing category of specialty drinks and wellness waters. Neuro blends come in seven flavors including Sport with electrolytes for replenishing, Bliss to reduce stress and keep you calm, and Sleep with melatonin and magnesium. Each special blend is enhanced with bodysupporting vitamins and minerals. Karma Wellness Waters are loaded with healthy ingredients in flavors like pineapple coconut for healthy hydration, raspberry guava jackfruit to accelerate fitness, and orange mango for sharper thinking. Marley’s Mellow Mood, a product line developed with the family of Bob Marley, offers several varieties of “100% relaxation beverages” made of 100% natural, calming botanicals. Kevin Hall, manager of store merchandise at United Refining Company, said, “The Wellness Good for You Refreshments and Snacks category has exploded over the past couple of years and we have made a concentrated effort to offer these fine products to our customers,” said Kevin Hall, manager of store merchandise at URC. “As the Wellness offerings continue to grow, our plan is to incorporate more products into our store sets to meet the customer demands.”In addition to drinks, an extensive menu of convenience items are available from Food Express on a daily basis. Grab madeto-order breakfast, lunch or dinner, or sit down and enjoy fresh, hot subs, pizza, wraps

and more prepared with fresh, high quality ingredients. For sustained endurance, pick up energy bars from PowerBar, Clif Bar, Special K and others. Selections are updated twice a year to ensure the newest products. Customers can kick up their energy levels by pouring themselves a steaming cup of JavaQuest coffee, cappuccino, iced coffee or latte brewed fresh every half hour. The oversized coffee bar offers Open Pot year round flavors including Finger Lakes, Ecoverde, Shock, French Vanilla and Chocolate Raspberry, as well as a high end tea bar.

When you’re ready to treat yourself, step up to the Blending Bar and create your own frozen drinks like a mint chocolate chip milkshake, mango smoothie, mocha cappuccino or limited edition flavor. Spoon or straw? You decide. Once URC receives the beer license for this location, the “Beer Cave” walk-in cooler, with standard options and favorites, as well as craft beer selections, will be open. Look for a variety of brews from Ellicottville Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewing Company plus wine cooler selections, available in singles

or cases at competitive prices. A grand opening is planned for the middle of January including many specials. A

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She emphasized that the emotions people feel are normal and part of the process. Talking openly about how we’re feeling is important, she said. The grade 7-12 students shared a moment of silence on Monday and were encouraged to talk about their concerns and feelings in their classrooms. Ward said he had met with maintenance staff to discuss any weaknesses observed around the exterior of the building or at the entrances. He

also met with front office staff to get their feedback about how visitors enter the school. A number of suggestions for improvements were made by these and other staff members, and ECS is taking action. More information will be made available as specifics are determined; other actions will be kept under wraps for security reasons. Ward also reported that the New York State Police has made its presence known

at every school in the state, including ECS. During the meeting, the board approved a motion to establish ECS as the lead State Environmental Quality Review agency regarding the proposed 2013 Capital Improvement Project – an action that does not oblige ECS to do anything, but is documentation that must be in place before the capital project can move forward. A

Coming To Town? Cont. from Front Page

Pictured left to right, Randy Wiser, Jr, Fire Chief, Jim Morton, Kevin Watt, Ambulance Captain, Clarence Bickell, President Great Valley Volunteer Fire Co. Photo by Mary Fox By Mary Fox

This past Saturday evening, the Great Valley Fire Department and Ellicottville/ Great Valley Ambulance Service gathered at the Great Valley Firemen’s Clubhouse for their annual meeting and Christmas dinner. Rob Snider opened the meeting with the invocation, moments of silence for the people of Connecticut, and firefighters Kenneth King and Frank Moore, who died this year. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of Jim Morton with a citation from the New York State Assembly presented to him by Kevin Watt, ambulance captain, “honoring James Morton for his dedicated service to the Ellicottville/Great Valley Ambulance Service.” It read in part: “Whereas, it takes a special dedication, a strong desire to help others and a tireless sense of community to forsake precious time with family and friends to respond to the signal that a neighbor is in need. James Morton is such a volunteer.” A clock with and plaque were also presented to him. Morton, now in his 80’s, joined the department in 1998 serving as an EMT and ambulance captain. “If you put (together) the 520

training hours plus 3,000 hours answering ambulance calls, you have over 3,500 hours dedicated to this community during Jim’s 14 years of service,” said Watt. “In July of this year, Morton had a stroke and has been unable to take ambulance calls since, but he still finished a top responder with 72 calls between January and July,” said Watt. Snider was the top responder for the year with 74 calls. “I’ll be back as soon as I can,” said Morton. “Over the years I have saved a few people. If you can help somebody else, you should feel you did a good job.” Other business of the evening included swearing in of the officers for next year which are: President Clarence Bickell; Vice President Rich Rinko; Secretary Christy Wiser; Treasurer Dean Yarnes; Fire Chief Randy Wiser, Jr.; 1st Assistant Chief Rob Snider; 2nd Assistant Chief Mark Ward; 3rd Assistant Chief Kevin Watt; 4th Assistant Chief Dustin Hostuttler; Fire Police Captain Eileen Hostuttler; and Safety Officer Jim Evans, Jr. Pins were given to Deanna Evans (25years) and Keith Litchfield (35 years) for the most years of service to the fire department. The Rookie of the Year is a senior at Ellicottville Central School. Firefighter

Taylor Grinols joined the fire department last November. Taylor, Tim and Charles Grinols and Dustin Hostuttler earned their certification for SCUBA underwater rescue. Charles was also certified in swift water rescue. Fire Chief Randy Wiser, Jr., reported the fire department answered 45 fire calls this year, 377 ambulance calls, and 67 training exercises were held for the 25 active firefighters. This year, the Great Valley Fire Department purchase a powerassisted, motorized gurney costing $13,000 to help lift heavier patients. The man of the night, Jim Morton, was honored for service to the community that extends beyond the ambulance service. He has been active in the American Legion since his days in the Navy during the Korean War. Morton is a true patriot who loves his country. Each Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, he leads the memorial services honoring those who are serving, have served and have died in service to their country. His patriotism is shown not only in speeches but in his poetry and his active involvement in the American Legion Boys State program for over 40 years. D

Daily Dinner suggestions written on the chalkboard are just part of the great customer service awaiting customers at Dom’s Butcher Block in Ellicottville. Now you don’t have to ask “What’s for dinner”! Call 699-6328 and talk to Ken!

A follow-up interview with David Chiazza, executive vice president of Iskalo Development Corp. in Williamsville, N.Y., has clarified the company’s intentions. Beginning with the intriguing web page, Chiazza explained the reason for its existence and plans for the future. “The loose concept that we’ve always had for the property … I think it’s an ideal mixed use site,” he said. When Iskalo brought the property back in 2008, they put together a dog-and-pony show to take to the International Council of Shopping Centers tradeshow in Las Vegas to loosely “sell” the property. In order to test the waters with national retailers, Iskalo created the promotional sales web page to show prospective retailers a rendering of Ellicottville’s potential. “We were just trying to get some initial buzz out there on the retail side to see on what basis retailers might be interested in considering the Ellicottville market for certain types of retail,” said Chiazza. “We had gotten a rush of inquiries during the time the building was coming down and we tried to be very forthright at the time with where we were.” Iskalo was aware that before the property could be developed, a massive cleanup effort had to take place to remove industrial pollutants used by Signore in its manufacturing processes. This began in January 2011 when the property was accepted into New York State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) to assist with the remediation of the property. As for the coming year, Chiazza said the company has completed the investigative work to clean up the property. Now, said they are in the reporting stage, which will be followed by actually removing any contamination that remains on the property. Chiazza estimates this process will take most of 2013 to complete. According to the University at Buffalo Tourism Planning & Development Studio study from 2011, which examined various parcels of real estate for development, the Jefferson Street property is a prime location for commercial use due to its traffic accessibility and its potential for allowing “Ellicottville to continue to move towards becoming a sustainable all-season

destination.” Suggested uses for the 10 buildable acres on this site included a miniature golf course, movie theater, ice skating rink, additional retail and dining, a bowling alley (which Ellicottville now has) and more things to do indoors. “At some point in time next year, we’ll probably start pulling pencil and paper out and start looking at the property again and saying, ‘OK, we need to think about more precisely what we would do here.’ We’re not quite there yet,” Chiazza said. Regarding the buzz around

town that an L.L. Bean store was coming to town, Chiazza responded, “We would love if L.L. Bean would want to come to town, but they have not told us that they want to do that. But if they ever do, trust me, we’ll let you know.” In the meantime, the web site remains up because, according to Chiazza, “from time to time, we do get calls on (the property) and to show our potential customers that there is something out here and that we’re prepared to talk about it.” C

Selling Ellicottville: A screenshot of Iskalo Development Corp.’s promotional web page “selling” the Signore property and the Ellicottville area, which was designed to test the waters with prospective retailers in 2008.

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The Ellicottville Central School Middle School and High School Christmas Concert was held Wednesday night. It was a night of beautiful and uplifting Christmas music by both bands and choirs’. The high school chorus had a moving tribute and remembrance for the senseless loss of so many in the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. With stars with each name of the 26 that were lost decorating the wall behind the chorus, Jorden Curtis gave a heartfelt expression of grief and support for the families and their community. She read each name and age for everyone to hear. The high school chorus then sang - in candle light - a very moving song called ‘One Candle’. It was a wonderful night for our community to share in both the Christmas spirit and in our nation’s sorrow. Thank you Ellicottville Central School.

The staff of the Ellicottville Times would like to express our heartfelt sorrow and condolences to all the families touched by last week’s unimaginable school tragedy in Connecticut. America’s collective heart broke on December 16, 2012. We can only wish for some kind of peace to come to all of their lives. And all of ours. We all need to find more peace and kindness. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers

ECS School Capital Improvements Budget, Timeline Presented at Special Meeting

By Jann Wiswall

The ECS building renovation planning process is well under way and specific details regarding its proposed design, costs, construction schedule and activities leading up to the public referendum were shared with the ECS Board of Education and members of the public at a special meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Architects from SEI Design Group discussed revised sketches of the new auditorium/ gymnasium layout, which had been altered significantly after last month’s meeting after the public made numerous recommendations. As a result, the locker rooms were moved to the back of the addition, the gym was reoriented 90 degrees, the stage was elevated, storage space and music department rehearsal rooms were rearranged, new hallway space was added and other suggestions were incorporated. The architects emphasized that these proposed drawings of the new auditorium space, as well as the long list of other repairs and building inadequacies addressed in the renovation plan (most dictated by the state-mandated Building Condition Survey conducted in 2010), were still just proposals. If the plan is approved by the taxpayers, user groups will be formed to go over the plans in minute detail.

to an estimated $9,845,800. Previous estimates had been quoted at approximately $8.4 million. The increase was due to the addition of exterior and sports field lighting, changes to the auditorium/gymnasium space, addition of air conditioning to the auditorium/ gym, mechanical ventilation revisions for the elementary school and other requested items.

Timeline for Referendum Reviewed Using March as the target month for a referendum on funding the project, SEI detailed the action steps that

would be needed leading up to that point. The list is long and includes initiating a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process (the ECS board took the first step in that process by moving to establish ECS as the lead SEQR agency), preparing legal notices calling for a voter referendum, preparing the final design and scope of project/budget, and preparing a project newsletter that will be sent to school district residents illustrating the project and its financial impact. Next on the list will be to hold two or more

public information meetings, culminating with the voter referendum in mid-March. If the voters approve the bond, SEI estimates it will take about 10 months to hold all user group meetings and prepare final drawings. With another 3-5 months scheduled for State Education Department approval of the plans, SEI estimates that bids can be requested and awarded in April 2014, with ground breaking in May of that year. Construction completion would be targeted for December 2015. SEI explained that holding the referendum in March is

important, because that would allow for two full summers for the “noisiest” construction phases, thereby minimizing interruption of school activity.

School Tax Impact Charles Bastian, financial consultant with Bernard P. Donegan, Inc., next explained how much the public would be asked to fund and how that was calculated, emphasizing that he and SEI had worked closely to ensure that as much as possible of the proposed project can be funded by state aid (at a rate of 65.1 percent on the dollar). Using the budget projections provided by SEI, the budget

“The Kids Deserve It”

The Estimated Budget SEI next distributed a “conceptual estimate” that outlined estimated costs for the addition and renovations. The addition, which would be about 6,750 square feet, is estimated to cost $1,087,200. The renovations will run $6,184,900. Site preparation will cost $270,400. In addition, SEI built in $527,900 for construction contingencies (including inflation) and $1,775,400 for “incidentals” such as fees for architects, financial consultants, advertising, insurance and legal services. The grand total comes

calculation starts with a total cost for the project of $9,845,800. ECS has a capital reserve of $250,000 that will be put toward the total, so the principal payment for the project would be $9,595,800. Using a conservative estimate of 5 percent as a borrowing rate for the bonds, interest payments on the notes over 16 years would total $4,655,872, for a total debt service of $14,251,672. State building aid should provide $7,646,243. The final share that would be needed from public funding would be $6,605,429. Bastian pointed out that the 5 percent interest rate on bonds is a conservative estimate. If ECS is able to get a lower rate, which is possible, there could be significant savings. On average, Bastian explained, for every $100,000 in assessed property value, taxpayers at the STAR level would be asked to pay $31.46 per year more to fund the project. Homeowners at the Senior STAR level would pay $17.93 per year more if their home was assessed at $100,000. Owners of nonprimary residences assessed at $100,000 would pay $44.94 more each year.

Proposed drawings of the new ECS auditorium/gymnasium space, presented Tuesday night (Dec. 18) to Board members and members of the public by SEI Design Group architects.

Meeting participants generally were receptive to everything presented that evening. One teacher said he felt that “it seems like a nobrainer.” Another said that Ellicottville is “pretty alone in the area” having a gym that is so outdated. Ward pointed out that “what we’re doing here is upgrading a 50-year-old space with a new facility that will last 50 years.” While other audience members acknowledged the hassles that will have to be dealt with during construction, the consensus was that the result will be well worth the short-term troubles. Ward agreed and added, “I think our kids deserve it.”

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For Rent: Ground floor Wildflower studio condo. Sleeps 4. Patio, fireplace, cable TV, shuttle to Valley. Dec. 15- April 30. $3500 plus electric and deposits. Call 945-2283 or For this winter, Seasonal Rent: Fully furnished single family home located right next to HoliMont and minutes from the village. Three floors, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fireplace, 2 car garage. Non-smokers, NO Pets. Call HoliMont to speak with Debbie at 716-699-2320. Rent for the week or weekend. Fully furnished single family home located right next to HoliMont and minutes from the village. Three floors, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fireplace, 2 car garage. Non-smokers, no Pets. Call for rates. Call HoliMont to speak with Debbie at 716-6992320 ONE BEDROOM plus sitting room, great room w/fireplace, all new appliances & cabinets. $650 per month, 2 miles from Holiday Valley. Call 675-3000. FOR SALE Home made pies, sweet rolls, breads & more. Every Fri., Sat & Sun. 9AM-9PM Di’s Pies and Bake Shop. Stop at the Red Shop next to Pumpkinville. 4830 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, NY.

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ECS WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Dec 28 Jan 3 Dec 28 Jan 3 Dec 27 Dec 28 Jan 4

Luke Zlockie, Trevor Kilby, Tommy Easton, Chantel Perez, Julia Schwartz, Liam O'Rourke, Annie Prentice, Alex Steinbroner, Jeremy Bordini at Toledo, Spain

Local Students Explore Spain and France by Eileen Finn, ALCS Spanish Teacher

This Thanksgiving break, a group of Ellicottville and Allegany-Limestone students traveled across the Atlantic to bring to life the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Spain and France. After a long day of travel, we saw the sun come up in Madrid and the city come to life. The group was guided through the city center by Sam Frew, an Australian native who visited Madrid many years ago and quickly made it his home. He showed us firsthand why there is a phrase “De Madrid a Cielo” – from Madrid to heaven, and why many who visit there make it a permanent home. Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Prado Museum, Toledo, Segovia and the Roman Aqueduct, El Escorial and everything in between became picturesque backdrops for photos and lifetime memories for this fine group of students. Our first day ended with a soccer match between Atlético Madrid and Tel Aviv. So as not to show favoritism to either of Madrid’s home fútbol teams, some students opted to take a tour of Real Madrid Stadium, where they were able to sit on the players’ bench, visit the press and locker rooms, as well as tour through the museum in the stadium. Other students braved “El Rastro,” the very famous flee market of Madrid. As our hotel in Madrid shared

a plaza with the Reina Sofia Museum, home to Picasso’s “Guernica” and Salvador Dalí’s artwork, the students were also able to see more modern art than the older, more traditional works of Velazquez and Goya in the Prado. Toledo hosted a few works of El Greco, the sword making factory and the Damascene jewelers. This old city left our students with the images of what the traditional Spain really looks like. After four days, we took a 15-hour overnight train to Paris. Learning what it truly means to be “packed in like sardines,” the students champed it out in rooms that held four grown people in beds designed for people less than 5 feet 10 inches tall. Throughout the evening, we stopped many times along the way as we traveled north to the beautiful city of Paris. Upon arrival, we immediately took in everything we could in such a short period. A trek up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe provided an amazing view, but only after a walk through the Latin Quarters, a visit to Notre Dame, and a snapshot visit to the Louvre to get a glimpse of the “Mona Lisa,” Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo. A river cruise with special guests from this side of the world (Dan and Amy Lowry of Ellicottville and Allegany, and Jesse Stoddard of Limestone) proved that there can be a little bit of home in a world even that

far away. Our final event of the evening was a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower on a clear night. It made for a perfect memory of Paris. On the last day, we spent much of the time in Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Street artists and cafes, a view of Paris from the top of the hill, and a quick trip by the Moulin Rouge all left us with pictures galore, memories that will last forever, and hopefully a desire to see more of the world. A special thanks to the students of AlleganyLimestone and Ellicottville who represented themselves, their families and their schools with dignity. To the chaperones that were there to inspire, console, support, and keep up with 45 students, “thanks” go to Suzanne Charles, Bill Fancher, Judy Grace, Libby Stanton of ALCS, and Matt Finn and Jaye Zelko of ECS. To the parents who supported the endeavor from beginning to end and stayed strong as your children boarded the buses, the planes, the metros, the trains, and took to the streets of another world, “thank you!” And finally, a big “thank you” to the administrations and boards of education. We appreciate your support for this opportunity for the students at Allegany-Limestone and Ellicottville schools. Gracias! Merci!

Dec 27 Dec 28 Jan 4 Jan 2 Jan 5

BOYS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL 7:30 pm vs Franklinville 7:30 pm @ Sherman BOYS’ JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL 6:00 pm vs Franklinville 6:00 pm @ Sherman GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL Jock Shop Holiday Tournament @ JCC Jock Shop Holiday Tournament @ JCC 7:30 pm vs Sherman GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL Jock Shop Holiday Tournament @ JCC Jock Shop Holiday Tournament @ JCC 7:30 pm vs Sherman BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ BOWLING 3:30pm vs Catt/LV @ Springville 9:00 am Double vs West Valley and Hinsdale @ Springville


Snowmobile Trails Scheduled to Open Dec. 19 Time to do the snow dance! Weather permitting, Western New York’s snowmobile trails are scheduled to open Wednesday, Dec. 19. With over 350 miles of state-funded, snowmobile trails traversing the scenic countryside, you can explore every nook and cranny of Cattaraugus County on your

sled, including more than 70 miles inside Allegany State Park and over 12 miles on the Pat McGee Trail. Join one of the many snowmobile clubs that ride in our area and make some new friends. For more information, visit www.snowmobilewny. com. If you live outside of New

York State, please remember to join a NYS snowmobile club to get the snowmobile registration discount! Request a free snowmobile trail map by calling 1-800-3310543. You can also download a map or request one be sent to you at www.enchantedmountains. com (search snowmobile map).

Community Meetings

COMMUNITY CALENDAR A Calendar of Events for Ellicottville and the Surrounding Communities Until Dec 20 Katy’s Cookies for Compassion Fundraiser for Family Support of Ellicottville Cash, nonperishable food items, toys 10A Washington St, E’ville.Kickoff Event 5-8pm *Donors receive a special bag of Katy’s holiday sugar cookies Dec 3-31 Salamanca Silver Bells Festival The City of Salamanca. Festival held in honor of Salamanca’s own Ray Evans, lyricist of the famous Christmas song Silver Bells. The perfect kick-off to the holiday season and holiday shopping. 716-945-2034 Dec 19 Cattaraugus County Snowmobile Trails open Hunting season ends the 18th and Snowmobile season begins the 19th, weather permitting. Call 1-800-331-0543 for a FREE Snowmobile Trail Map.

Ellicottville Memorial Library Open Daily 10 am – 5 pm Tues. /Wed. until 8 pm Closed Sun

716-699-2842 Night Sky Classes – We have the following three classes planned for this winter: The Night Sky - This class

Dec 27-29 WinterCamp at Camp Turner For boys and girls ages 7-16. Overnight camp program at Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. Activities include court hockey, lip balm making, winter nature hikes and a dance. Campers stay in winterized cabins with indoor plumbing. Call 716-354-4555 for registration info, or www. Dec 28-30, 2012 Bag Jump at Holiday Valley Do you have an awesome snowboard or ski trick that you’d like to try with a lesser chance of breaking something in your body? Try out your trick into an AirBag at Holiday Valley! One of the 2012-2013 US AirBag Demo Tour’s stops is at Holiday Valley. 9am-6pm. Dec. 29 Spaghetti Dinner 4:30- 7:30 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

will meet from 7PM to 8:30 PM on Tuesdays, January 8th and January 15th. The fee for this class is $15. Meteors, Meteorites, Craters And Comets - This class will meet at the library on Tuesday February 5th from 7PM to 8:30PM. There is no fee. Let’s Talk Telescopes - This class will meet on Tuesday February 19th from 7PM to 8:30PM. There is no fee. These classes have filled quickly in past years so register early. If significant waiting lists develop every attempt will

Dec 31 Holiday Valley’s 2012 New Years Eve Celebration and Torchlight Parade Torchlight parade at 11:30 and fireworks at 11:45 with the Grand Finale at midnight. Jan 2 - 8, 2013 Holiday Valley’s Canadian Friendship Week Jan 4-5, 2013 Ellicottville’s Winter Blues Festival Come and enjoy the hot sounds of Blues throughout the Village of Ellicottville, in local hot spots on this cold winter weekend. Jan 26-27, 2013 Holiday Valley & Gowanda Harley-Davidson present Harley-Day Valley 2013 New and classic Harleys on display, Jumpstart© motorcyle simulator.

be made to offer repeat classes during March and April. Magazines available for checkout. Thanks to some generous donations, we have over 30 magazine titles available at the library. These can be borrowed for three weeks at a time. eBooks available at the library – Did you know that eBooks are now available through the library. All you need is a library card and a computer. Browse through over 2,000 eBook titles and download (for free) onto a

All meetings are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Jan 26-27, 2013 Trappers Special Dog Sled Races @ Allegany State Park You are invited to watch beautiful sled dog teams from all over the country compete on the parks snow covered trails. Feb 3, 2013 2013 Art Roscoe Loppet Classic Cross Country Skiing 9am - 2pm. Classic Cross Country Skiing on the serene and rolling trails of Allegany State Park’s Art Roscoe Trail System. Choose course distance on groomed trails -featuring double set tracks. For current conditions, call 716-3549121. Feb 22-23, 2013 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series 2012 Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. More than 200 of the top snowmobile racers from North America anda dozen countries worldwide .

compatible computer or device. Stop or call the library for more details on this exciting new technology. Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm. The January 9th book is “Skinny Dip” by Carl Hiaasen. Contact Bev Webster at 945-4089 for more information.

Story time is every Wednesday at 11:15 am

Religious Services •Holy Name Of Mary RC Church, Ellicottville 20-22 Jefferson St., 699-2592 Sat. Vigil Mass 5pm Sun. Holy Mass 8am & 10:30am •St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellicottville Cr. Washington and Jefferson Sts. 945-1820 Services 5pm Sat., 7:15am & 10:15am Sun •St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ellicottville 6360 Rt. 219 East, 699-2265 Worship Sat. 5pm, Sun.10:30am Sun. Sch. & Adult Bible Study 9am

•United Church, Ellicottville Cr. Elizabeth and Elk Sts. 699-4003 Sun. Sch. 10:15am, Worship, 10am •First Baptist Church, Great Valley 5049 Rt.219, 945-4629 Sun. Sch. 9:30am Worship 10:45am & 6:30pm •United Methodist Church, Great Valley 5242 Rt. 219, 945-4375 Sun. Sch. 10am, Worship 11am

Ashford (2nd Tuesday) Jan 8 Cattaraugus Village (2nd Monday) Jan 14 East Otto (2nd Tuesday) Jan 8 Ellicottville Town (3rd Wed) Jan 16, 6pm Ellicottville Village (2nd Monday) Jan 14, 6pm Great Valley (2nd Monday) Jan 14 Humphrey (2nd Monday) Jan 14 Little Valley Town (2nd Monday) Jan 14 Little Valley Village (2nd Tuesday) Jan 8 Mansfield (3rd Monday) Jan 21 Otto (3rd Tuesday) Jan 15 Salamanca City (2nd Wednesday) Jan 9 Salamanca Town (2nd Tuesday) Jan 8

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Ellicottville Times

Outside Insight: Never Fear – Old Man Winter Always Shows Up

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With the slow start this 2012-13 winter season, it is no surprise that rumblings of a repeat of last year’s dismal winter weather season have surfaced. With the exception of the Pacific Northwest, the entire country, especially here in the Eastern U.S., is experiencing déjà vu. With below-normal temperatures and snow totals, it’s becoming eerily similar to the “season of which we do not speak.” Being Mr. Optimism, I have put together a few reasons why all of us snow enthusiasts should fear not. Winter is coming to Ellicottville and it just could be one to remember! I didn’t check the markings on the woolly worm caterpillar this year, because, to my disappointment, I recently learned that there is no connection between the furry critter’s markings and the intensity of the winter to come. My new favorite way to get the best scoop on the winter forecasts is a site called www. This skiing and riding-driven website was started by a couple of hardcore skiers/weather geeks in Colorado a few years back, and has since expanded across the skiing U.S. They predict when and where winter storms will hit, how much snow is expected, how the patterns are setting up, etc. It is the go-to winter weather site for many major ski resorts throughout the country, so these guys are good. They even measure and report their accuracy to keep themselves honest. Their newest models are showing a favorable dip in the jet stream, which will gradually bring cold temps back to the Eastern U.S., to add to the plentiful moisture

we have already seen. This means snow is coming! Also, the last time I checked, fall doesn’t end each year (and winter doesn’t begin) until Dec. 20. As a child, I remember that if we had snow on Christmas Day, winter was shaping up nicely. Everybody knows the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” So, the tendency of the last half-dozen years of “early winters” is a bit of an anomaly. History would then point to this year as being relatively normal in that regard. Along the same lines, March snowfall totals have been minimal in those same half-dozen years, when historically it is our best snowfall total month. So, just maybe, this could turn out to be the good old-fashioned winter we have all been dreaming about. If, by chance, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are still out to lunch like last season, there is NO need to put on the doomsday faces. For one, the world hasn’t ended, and two, the Holiday Valley and HoliMont snowmaking teams and systems are the best in the business. We need not look any further than last season to prove that statement. While our yards yielded no snow, beautifully manicured ribbons of white laced the hills of Ellicottville the entire season. Yes, the season ended abruptly and never really got started, for that matter, but those darn groomers were dynamite! For a guy who seeks untracked snow at every waking moment of his life, it was an amazing reminder of just how fun sliding on snow of any sort is. As a few of us were riding up the Yodeler lift this past

opening weekend at Holiday Valley (with amazing skiing conditions), we reminisced of last season. Not one of us could remember encountering any icy conditions at either of our fine local resorts. Then we had a few laughs about how we had so much fun just skiing and being out there, be it with friends and family, or those few runs we took with a complete stranger we met on the chairlift. And those of us who didn’t look at the weather report or out our windows for snow and got out there anyway, we had a ball and we’re sorry you weren’t there with us. The forecast finally looks favorable for snowy skies and winter’s permanent arrival. Regardless of what transpires this winter season, one thing is for certain, Holiday Valley and HoliMont always put out a top-notch product for their skiing and riding customers, and it’s up to you to go enjoy it. As Art Linkletter, the children’s author and TV show host in the ‘40s and ‘50s, put so simply, “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out!” So, during this holiday season, stay close at heart to your loved ones and your passions, stay optimistic and – no matter what – make the best of the way things turn out this winter. See you on the mountain! Mike Paterniti, or ‘Mike P’, is a freelance writer, a producer of ski video, a skier for the Drift Innovation and City Garage Pro Teams, and an employee at Holiday Valley Resort. Contact Mike at paterniticmichael@gmail. com, , or stop in the Yodeler Mountain Shop and say Hello! All photo submissions courtesy of www.

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“Project Christmas community donations have been exceptional this year”, according to Melissa Sawicki. Project Christmas started back in the early 1960’s and through the combined efforts of Ellicottville Central School employees and community members it continues to provide an “extra touch” at Christmas time for many of our local families. This “partnership” between the school and community will provide food, gifts, necessities and support to 47 families( with 103 children) and more than 60 senior citizens who live in our community.

Christmas in Ellicottville Irish Christmas Christmas Stroll /Nativity RTA Holiday Fine Art Sale Holiday Valley Torchlight Parade Canadian Friendship Week Winter Blues Festival Olean Sports & Rec Show Boarding for Breast Cancer Penguin Paddle United Way Day at HoliMont Mardi Gras/Winter Carnival Holiday Valley Pond Skimming WNY First Maple Weekend WNY Second Maple Weekend Greater Olean Home & Garden Show Franklinville Maple Festival Allegany Adventure Run Allegany State Park GeoBash Routes to Art Weekend Relay for Life Ellicottville Central School Allegany State Park Nature Pilgrimagee Dirty Duathlon Raccoon Rally Cycling Mudslide Trail Run Summer Music Festival Ellicottville Championship Rodeo Summer Music Festival NY State H.O.G.® Rally 6 Hours of Power Americana Folk Art Fair Seneca Pow Wow Jazz & Blues Weekend O f O ill M i

New Chalet Grand Opening Ceremony at Holiday Valley

A multi-purpose recreational trail connecting the Town and Village of Ellicottville to Great Valley NY

Trail Talk

New Facebook Page Just Launched: Say good-bye to dodging cars while cycling or running on nonexistent road shoulders, and say hello to a handicapaccessible, recreational trail you can use any time free of charge to jog in a trafficfree environment, teach your children how to ride a bike, cross-country ski through the scenic countryside, push your baby stroller in a safe environment, take grandpa out for an afternoon spin in his wheelchair and walk off Fido’s extra bulge. It’s true! A dedicated

committee of community leaders is working diligently on the creation of a multiuse recreational trail for the Ellicottville – Great Valley community. Currently, the group is in the process of choosing a design firm that will create a potential development, construction and maintenance plan for the new trail. Organizers are hopeful that a part of the trail can be built next year, but a lot of work remains to be done, including concerted fundraising efforts that will involve the whole Ellicottville

– Great Valley community and our seasonal visitors. Check Trail Talk in the Ellicottville Times on a regular basis to stay abreast of all the exciting new developments. A “Name That Trail” contest and other fundraising opportunities are on the horizon. This community recreational trail will add yet another dimension to the four-season, family-friendly offerings of our premier resort town. We’ll be looking for volunteers to assist in many capacities and hope we can count you in!

Donations to the Ellicottville Great Valley Trail Fund can be made in care of the Community Foundation at 120 North Union Street, Olean, N.Y. 14706 and online at

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SNOWSPORTS TIPS By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School

obstruct the trail or are not visible from above. 4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, yield to others. 5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. 6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. 7. Prior to using any lift, you must know how to load, ride, and unload safely. Smart Style Freestyle Terrain 1. Make a Plan Every time you use freestyle terrain make a plan for each feature you use. Your speed, approach and take-off will directly affect your maneuver and landing. 2. Look before you Leap! Before getting into freestyle terrain observe all signage and warnings. Use your first run as a warm run and to familiarize

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Safely Sharing the Slopes! Hey Folks! Glad to have you all back for the beginning of a new season. It has been a slow start, but the mountain crew has worked their “magic” to get us up and running, and it looks like our favourite words – Lake Effect – are in the forecast. Seeing this is my first article of the season, I thought this would be a proper time to address what are essentially; the “Rules of the Road” – for skiers and riders. Actually, these are more common courtesies and common sense rather then “rules”. I think you will find most activities involving elements of hazard and common safety, all have parameters of conduct and accepted guidelines to protect ourselves AND to not place others in harms way! If you will look on the back of your lift ticket or seasons pass you will see information directing you to familiarize yourself with Article 18, and where to find it. Finding it is easy; it is required to be posted at every point of sale that sells lift tickets. Know The Code The National Ski Areas Association established “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a code of ethics for all skiers on the mountain. Today, the code reflects not only skier safety, but snowboarder and lift safety as well. Ultimately, safe skiing and snowboarding on the mountain is each person’s responsibility. Following the Responsibility Code helps all skiers and snowboarders have a safer mountain experience. Your Responsibility Code Safety on the slopes is everyone’s responsibility. Ski safely-not only for yourself, but for others as well. 1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects. 2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. 3. Do not stop where you

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yourself with the park layout and features. Remember that the features change constantly due to weather, usage and time of day so it is important to continue to inspect features through out the day. 3. Easy Style It Know your limits and ride within your ability. When starting out, look for small progression parks and features and then work your way up to medium or largeparks and features. Freestyle Terrain comes in different sizes so make sure and start small and work your way up before going into larger parks. Stay in control both on the ground and in the air. Remember you can control how big or small you take the feature by varying speed and take off. Inverted aerials increase the chance of serious injury and are not recommended. 4. Respect Gets Respect Respect the terrain and all others. One person on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your drop-in. Always clear the landing area quickly.Respect all signs and stay off closed features. Remember that respect is important both in the park, and on the rest of the resort. So be smart when you are heading down the mountain or to the lift and save your best tricks for the park. Thank you for taking the time to read this; we are accountable for our actions on the slope, and how we interact with others. Look out for each other, avoid “Slope Rage” and enjoy a great season on snow with friends and family. Look for more articles in this space about how to better enjoy your “mountain experience” A good way to start the season is with a “warm up” session with a snowsports pro – all great athletes have coaches – you

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