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The Annual Christmas Stroll and Christmas Party in Ellicottville Charity and Holiday Spirit Alive in EVL By Chad Neal

This weekend is the second weekend of Holiday Jubilance in Ellicottville. Tonight (Friday, Nov. 30) is The Ellicottville Christmas Party, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and also the annual Irish Christmas, put on by local towns folk, and is the brain child of our own Bob McCarthy. The Irish Christmas will be at the Gin Mill and will feature a live auction and pie auction starting at 6 PM. It is to help the less fortunate in the area. Bringing in a cash donation or non-perishable food donation, paper products, or other essential items is what it is all about. Katy Herbauch, from Katy’s Cafe, is making special sugar cookies to give to everyone who makes a donation, as well. Saturday is a big day for all the Holiday revelers in Ellicottville. During the day, from 10 AM to 3 PM, there will be a Christmas Bazaar at the United Church on Elizabeth Street. St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting organ music and tours from 3:30 PM to 5 PM, and kids can make ornaments. Santa will be arriving with his elves at the 1887 Building at 4 PM. Mrs. Claus’ kitchen at the Barn Restaurant will have cookies and cocoa starting at 4 PM. To get there follow the candy canes. Also at 4 PM, wagon rides will be picking up riders at the town hall and the Caroling and Strolling camel, donkey, and sheep will be meandering the streets with the young folks dressed as angels and shepherds singing songs of the season. This will be the 25th year this tradition has been part of Ellicottville’s holiday season, having the beasts and the children strolling around the village. For 16 years, Becky Szpaicher organized the event, but a few years ago she

passed the reins to Gwen Bush. “I wanted to be involved in the stroll since it started in 1987,” said Bush, “It’s one of my favorite events in Ellicottville.” Bush has made a few changes since taking over the stroll. Previously only one child would sing Silent Night now she has all the angels and shepherds sing and this year the ECS Jazz Choir will be crooning from the Gazebo in the town square along with the kids. Also, the walk changed from two laps around the village on Washington, to a ‘T’ around the village, on Washington and up and down Monroe Street once, while kids sing and walk. Bush encourages everyone who wants to be involved to come along. “I try not to say no to anybody. We have about 20 to 30 shepherds and 20 angel costumes. We have enough for 40 kids, and we have gone over that before,” Bush

Search for Protection Results in DEC Declaration of Species Being ‘Mythical’

by Chris Chapman Have you ever been out time Chautauqua County and about, driving that resident, and owner of the dirt road, maybe out riding WeWanChu Cottages, on the ATV on a logging path Chautauqua Lake, has when, out of nowhere, never had an experience, a large, humanoid, very but knows of many in the hairy creature crosses region that have. the trail or can be seen This is not the story, so lumbering back into the much, of those that stake cover of the wilderness? claim on such sightings. Many can honestly say This is the story of a New no. Others will quietly tell York State agency and themselves that they did, their claim of such an in fact, see something that animal being non-existent. they just could not explain. The story starts in late Others jump at the chance October of this year, when to tell whomever will listen the television channel, about their encounter with Spike TV, offered a $10 the creature known as million prize for anyone Sasquatch. that could offer what they But sightings only call “irrefutable proof” happen in vast wilderness of the existence of the by people that spend legendary creature. The forever looking for them, prize would be offered as right? Not according to part of a new reality show vastly popular television for the cable channel, with shows, and not according Lloyd’s of London helping to some people that live See BIGFOOT in the Cattaraugus and on page 2 Chautauqua County area. Peter Wiemer, a long-

reckoned. The camel, donkey and sheep have been coming to the stroll every year for quite sometime. The owner brings them down from the Buffalo area. The stroll also involves the Christmas nativity too, including baby Jesus, Joeseph and Mary being portrayed by locals, Kristen and Nick Sciara, and their young baby Griffen. Bush told EMVN the family is chosen and asked every year if they have a new child in their family. “We really try to keep them locals or ECS graduates for the parts, because we are such a small community and village. And, we always find someone who is willing to play the parts,” Bush said. “It’s not always easy, I will ask new parents or ask people about new See CHRISTMAS STROLL on page 2

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The Spanish Ski Racer Who Moved to Ellicottville

Miguel Azcarate

In 1987, Ellicottville was yet to have grown into anything resembling the ski mecca it is today. That is when Miguel Azcarate first came to the area with Scott Cant, with whom he skied in South America. Azcarate is a ski racer, and has been tackling slopes all over Europe and North and South America. Born in San Sebastian, Spain, on the northern border with France, near the Pyrenees mountains, where he skied as a child. He learned the discipline at Candnchu’ Ski Resort in the western Pyrenees, in the province of Huesca, Spain. Azcarate started racing extensively when he was 16 or 17, around Europe, but then his concerns were college, where he went to study business. Azcarate first came to Ellicottville when he was around 27 or 28, with his friend Scott Cant, who was from Buffalo and worked

at Holiday Valley. They ski raced in South America, in Chili, together and after spending a couple months together Cant invited him to Ellicottville. “I found it a real neat little ski town. Really really cool,” Azcarate said about his first impression of the area, with his euphonious accent, “There was Madigan’s and Tips Up, no Double Diamond or anything like that, no Brewery yet. It was a different story. There was no fitness place, the Holiday Valley Motel was tiny and they were just building the first Wildflower condos.” When he first set foot in Ellicottville, he became a ski instructor and a part time ski race coach. Now, he told EMVN, he is the Training Center Director and the Head Coach of the Race Team, and has been doing it for the past 15 years. He also told EMVN that his intentions were to go back to Spain and work, but as fate would have it, in 1990 his daughter, Grace, was born, and his destiny was sealed in Ellicottville. In 1996 Azcarate married Kim Reading, and they have a son, Mitchell. In 2000 they purchased a bike and ski shop from Mike Fleming, called Mud Sweat and See LOCAL FOCUS on page 2

Ellicottville is on a Roll! New Alleyways are up and Running

It has happened. The longanticipated opening of the EVL Bowling and Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza has come. The orders are being taken and the deliveries and pick ups are moving. The bowling alley is in full swing, too. All in time for the rumored opening of

Tim Garey (owner) and daughter Heather Sprague

Holiday Valley this weekend as well. The speculation is positive, but the weather will ultimately decide whether or not they decide to open slopes on the Yodeler section of the mountain, but bowling is on. This past Saturday, some special guests were invited to check out the new

Pat Morgan, Mila Clauss, Rocky F. and Evan and Amy Casey trying out the new balls on the EVL Bowling lanes at last Saturday night’s pre-opening party.

establishment on Bristol Lane, off of Filmore. Bristol Lane is also a new road specially carved for the much needed activity and food spot. See BOWLING on page 2

Brian McFadden enjoying pizza at the pre-opening party

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CHRISTMAS STROLL continued from page 1 parents to find someone.” Bush also told EMVN that any child who wants to be a part will be part of the group. The Chamber of Commerce helps out with the stroll and mothers of the kids help out too. Holiday Valley’s food service provides the cookies and the Rotary donates the drinks, the Northtrup’s donate the hay for the living Nativity at the Gazebo after the stroll and Bob McCarthy helps as well with the voice over. “We get help from so many people and I am really happy to be the director,” Bush exclaimed. The yearly event is

such a special time and great for getting good pictures of the magical times for the nostalgia in the years to come. As this event gets larger, like Ellicottville itself, more and more joyous smiles will be greeting everyone and anyone who comes to enjoy the spirit of the season. Merry Christmas and remember it’s better to give than receive. The time of year we cherish the most is a lot more jolly for for everyone when we all get to join in the fun. Remember to give donations and nonperishable food items at the Irish Christmas event tonight.

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Above: Bill Sprague and grandson bartering money for skee-ball game. The excitement is going to last. Kody Sprague wanted to let people know they are very willing to start leagues during the week and wondered when the best nights would be for the locals to roll, and which times. To suggest or inquire about leagues give

them a call (716) 699-9025. The eight lanes are ready to go and the large screen televisions above the pins and foul lines aren’t as much of a distraction as you’d think, plus the state of the art scoring systems make it easier for everyone.

Franklinville Man Charged with Kidnap, Strangulation

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office investigating a complaint in the early hours of November 25, 2012 led to the arrest of Dean E. Pepper, 39, of Franklinville. Seneca Nation Marshalls stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of the Route 219 in Carrollton and upon finding two occupants that had been involved in a domestic dispute, called the CCSO. After investigation of the incident, Sheriff’s Deputies believe that Pepper assaulted,

strangulated and kidnapped the victim in his vehicle in the City of Olean and proceeded to the Town of Carrollton. Pepper was arrested, charged with kidnapping in the 2nd degree, strangulation in the 2nd degree, coercion in the 1st degree and assault in the 3rd degree. Pepper was arraigned in the Town of Allegany court and Pepper was remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. He was to appear in the City of Olean Court on November 27, 2012. E-mail – Located at

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BIGFOOT continued from page 1 to front the bounty. A senior vice president for the network said the amount of the bounty should prove they are serious about the challenge. This news brought a sense of obligation to Wiemer. He helped to establish the first Bigfoot Convention in 2011, and after hearing reports form many locals as to the existence of the creature, he knew he had to do something about the bounty and the potential of bounty hunters coming into the southwestern corner of New York State for the sole purpose of hunting the creature. About the same time as the bounty was offered, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation released the official list of animals that were legally allowed to be hunted. “I looked over the list and saw things like deer and bear, but no mention of Sasquatch,” Wiemer said. The release did say that animals not listed were to be considered protected. As a matter of protection, Wiemer said he contacted the DEC for clarification on the matter. Could a hunter legally shoot a Bigfoot in New York? If so, the bounty hunters would be in the area, looking. “I sent a letter to the commissioner of the DEC,” Wiemer said. “The response was that the species was not listed for hunts so hunting it in New York would be prohibited.” An initial letter form the Commissioner’s office, from Mark Kandel, on the commissioner’s behalf, said that the hunting of Bigfoot in New York is something that the department would not consider.

Why? Is it because the list should be comprehensive? No. The reason for the ruling to not include Sasquatch in any of the language regarding hunting in the state was “the DEC does not recognize the occurrence of Bigfoot in the state, therefore it is not addressed directly in our hunting regulations. Because it is not addressed there is no open season on Bigfoot and they may not be taken.” So what does that mean? Can a hunter that finds himself face-to-chest with the beast could take it as he could a deer or bear? Not according to Wiemer. His belief was that the ruling made taking a creature is not permitted since no season was officially designated. But how would a hunter in the woods interpret that rule? It seemed a bit ambiguous. “I wanted to have the ruling clarified, and possibly have a law instituted,” he said. “So I sent another letter with this request.” That letter was responded to earlier this month, and it was not what Wiemer wanted to see. Instead of the Commissioner responding to his requests, and after being passed to another person in the office staff, Wiemer received a letter from the Chief Field Biologist, Gordon R. Batcheller stating, “This mythical animal does not exist in nature or otherwise... However, the simple truth of the matter is that there is no such animal anywhere in the World. I am sorry to disappoint you. However, no program or action in relation to mythical animals is warranted.”

Wiemer is not taking this conclusion easily. “I have talked to people in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties that have sen this thing,” he said. “Some of them have requested anonymity, but others have come forward and have spoken at the Bigfoot convention I hosted in Mayville last year.” Wiemer relayed a couple of the more compelling local stories. One woman, in her late 70’s to 80’s, called him and was asking about the convention. She said she had an encounter in Chautauqua County. Another woman claimed that not only her, but her husband and her two children saw what they believe to be a Bigfoot as they were driving on a somewhat secluded roadway. Another witness told Wiemer that she had her encounter in 1967, in the Panama, N.Y. Area. The witness was about 50 feet away from the creature. That sighting was just north of the Harmony State Forest. Other encounters have been related form the Randolph swamp area, Findley Lake, and other places that are well-wooded. But are these reports a new thing riding on the heels of the hit shows that are populating more and more channels? Not at all. The Seneca Nation has tales of Ge no sqwa, or Stone Giants, that waged war against the Nation. According to one variation of the legend, those people were known as Stone Giants not only because of their height, but because of the thickness of their skin. One story says that the arrows of the hunters would bounce off, not affecting the creatures. Another legend holds that the thickness of their hides

came from the creatures’ habit of rolling in the sand and dirt. Although, confirmation of these legends is difficult as many of the Senecas that know the tales are not too willing to talk about them. Another local story can be better researched at the Cattaraugus County Museum, in Machias, even though the story takes place in one of the areas mentioned by Wiemer, Randolph. As the story goes, many skeletons of “giant” humans were found in what is now Conewango Valley. The skeletons were found in what resembled burial mounds. According to some of the resources that can be found in the museum, the badly decomposed remains did leave what was measured to be a 28-inch long thigh bone. At one site, in 1851, a Marvin Older, from Franklinville, was present when a stump removal in an area called Fort Limestone reaped what were reported as enormous bones. A skull was uncovered that, according to his own writings, fit over Older’s size sevenand-a-half head with little problem. The bones, according to the reports, belonged to a “person” that stood over eight feet tall. Stories can be found from all over the area. As for Wiemer and his quest to protect Bigfoot, he says he will continue to proceed as evidence is presented. At the time of this report, a researcher has staked controversial claim over sequencing what she calls Bigfoot DNA. Her study, still without peer review, has yet to be widely accepted, but Wiemer hopes it holds more evidence to making Sasquatch welcome in New York State.

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Gears. Business was Miguels first real venture in Ellicottville, too, as he owned a wholesale business called AZOR, dealing in nautical related gifts like model ships and shadowboxes. They dealt with retailers all over the country, but unfortunately, because of competition in the market, Azcarate had to sell out of that business. Mud Sweat and Gears has grown exponentially since Kim and Miguel purchased it. “It was a

bike shop in the summer and a ski shop in the winter . No snowboards, two brands of skis and two brands of boots. Now we have a bundle of brands,” Azcarate explained with his Spanish inflection. Nicknamed Laser by his faithful band of employees, Azcarate, along with his wife and staff, has changed the humble bike and ski shop into a huge “down to earth specialty ski and snowboard shop” dealing in a plethora of

hardware. They have everything a winter sport enthusiast may need in that department. The business was originally in the building it resides in now, but was moved south on Washington for more space requirement, but when the corner marketplace building was available they purchased it and expanded the space and business by quite a lot. EMVN asked Azcarate what his favorite thing about Ellicottville was, his response: “It’s nice to belong to a small community where we all know each other and can trust everyone. I like the small town aspect. I can do something I enjoy like bike a while or go skiing and then get back to work easily,” and when asked what he would change, “I

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would make (US Route) 219 bypass the middle of town.” Miguel has definitely proven he is part of Ellicottville, and the serendipity played out leading to his great fortune of family, home and acceptance is standard for those hailing from this town. Something lures the right folks in and greets them with a positive vibe. Making Ellicottville home isn’t a hard choice when you’re destined to be there. Miguel Azcarate and his family are contributors to the greatness and growth of Ellicottville and are well deserving of the patronage they have acquired and will keep acquiring. Azcarate is one more suitable ambassador for Ellicottville.

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SAT., DECEMBER 1ST Horse Resource’s 2nd Annual Tack Swap & Auction - Sat., Dec. 1, 10am-5pm at the R.H. Livingston Community Center, 188 W. Main St., Allegany. New and used tack, 50/50 raffle, food and baked goods. Diana Tuorto is a Buffalo, NY-based children’s author who has been writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since the age of ten. Her children’s novels are told from the first person point of view of different horses and will be signing her books. For more info. Ruthe Riehle 373-6580 pr Annie Widger 699-2940

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Potluck Lunch At The Brooklyn Free Methodist Church 9387 East Otto Rd., E. Otto the first Sun. of the month after the morning service. Everyone from the community is welcome to attend. Cattaraugus County Museum new exhibit - “Wedding Gowns from Yesteryear,” featuring several bridal gowns and accessories dating back to 1830. Museum on the first floor of the Stone House, 9824 Route 16, Machias. For more info. contact the museum Tues. - Fri. from 9am-4pm.

WED., DECEMBER 5TH Cattaraugus County Tea Party Patriots - 1st & 3rd Mon., Monthly dinner at Franklinville Fire Hall - Wed., Dec. 5, 6:30pm, John Ash Senior Center, 112 N. Barry St., Olean 4:30-7:30 pm. Ham dinner $8, soup & sandwich $4. Meetings are open to the public. The group was formed by local residents concerned about excessive government spending SAT. & SUN., DECEMBER 8TH AND 9TH and regulation Cookbook Sale - St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Salamanca are selling church cookbooks - Sat., Dec. 8 at the Silver Bells Craft Group - Meets every Mon. (except holidays) 2pm at Arts & Craft Sale at the Seneca School - Center St., Salamanca, Franklinville First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 9am-4pm and at the United Congregational Methodist Church Bring a craft, learn a craft, teach a craft! Arts & Craft Sale - Broad St., Salamanca, 10am-5pm on Sat. & noon-5pm on Sun. ELLICOTTVILLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY • MOVIE NIGHT - Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30pm - the movie “Brave”. SAT., DECEMBER 8TH Free event in the Community Room of the library. The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and the Keystone • NIGHT SKY CLASSES - three classes planned. Fill quickly Girls Choir Holiday Concert at St. Bonaventure - register early. Universtity - Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 pm at Regina A. Quick Center   • THE NIGHT SKY - 7-8:30 pm on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 and 15. for the Arts. The fee for this class is $15.   • METEORS, METEORITES, CRATERS AND COMETS SUN., DECEMBER 9TH 7-8:30 pm on Tues., Feb. 5. No fee. Homecoming Dulcimer Fest Sun., Dec.9 at Noon at St.   • LET’S TALK TELESCOPES - 7-8:30 pm on Tues., Feb. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6360 Route 219, Ellicottville. 19. No fee. Christmas, Crockpots & More. Enjoy music of the season and • Book Club meets the 2nd Wed. of the month at 1:30 pm. Dec. fellowship. Donations of cookies welcome. 12 book is “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom. Contact Bev Webster at 716-945-4089 for more info. SAT., DECEMBER 15TH • Copper Enamel Class - Come join instructor Cathy Lacy on Christmas Flea & Craft Bazaar - Sat., Dec. 15, 9am-3pm at The Dec.12, 6:30-8:30pm to make your own copper enamel jewelry. Sparrows Nest, 15 N. Main Street (Route 353), Cattaraugus. There will be time to make several pieces including pins and Hosted by: Gemnaturals. Donations accepted for local food pan- pendants. Class size is limited for adults and children over 12. try. For info call: 716-578-1445 Cost of $5. Please call the library at 716-699-2842 to register. • Story time is every Wed. at 11:15 a.m. ON-GOING EVENTS & MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous - Meetings Sats., 8pm, Franklinville Bingo - Mondays at the Ischua Fire Hall, 7:15 PM. Free Methodist Church, 41 S. Main St. Farmersville Fire Dept. Fish Dinner at Farmersville Fire Alzheimer Support Group Meeting - Second Fri. of the Hall, Elton Road, Second Friday of each month from 5-8pm. Call month, 1pm, The Pines Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, 716-676-3346 for more info. Machias Campus. For caregivers and family members or friends of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. Public is encour- Franklinville Area Chamber of Commerce - Meetings are aged to attend. For more info. 716-353-8516 the first Wed. of the month, Morgan Hall, Franklinville AUDUBON CENTER AND SANCTUARY Events for December, 2012 Unless otherwise noted, all take place at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit • Sat., Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Homemade Holidays: Learn to make holiday decorations from sustainably harvested local greens. $30; $25/Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations by Mon., Nov. 26: call (716) 569-2345, email, or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing at • Fri., Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Friday Lunch Bunch: “Acoustic Monitoring of Nocturnal Bird Migration” by William Evans, followed by BYO brown bag lunch and conversation. Audubon provides coffee and tea. $7/$5 Friends of the Nature Center. • Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-noon, Little Explorers: “Ever Green, Evergreens!” Children aged 3 to 8 attend with a favorite grownup for a nature lesson, walk, craft and snack. $7/$5 Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations required by Thursday, December 6: call (716) 569-2345, email, or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing at Walk-ins welcome, but snack and craft materials not guaranteed. • Sat., Dec. 8, 1-3:30 p.m., Crochet Activism: Learn the history of crochet and the use of crochet to bring attention to an ecosystem in peril. Then make your own crocheted basket from plarn (plastic yarn) that you will make from old grocery bags. $14/$10 Friends of the Nature Center. Limited class size. Reservations are required by Sun., Dec. 2: call (716) 569-2345, email, or use the on-line form by clicking through the Program Listing at BLOUNT LIBRARY - FRANKLINVILLE

Franklinville Central School Weight Room Open for the public to use on Mon. and Thurs., 5:30am-7:30am and Mon., Tues. and Thurs. evenings, 6-8pm! The public also has access to the walking track. Franklinville Senior Citizens - 4th Tues. of the month. Dinner - 5pm, Meeting - 6pm, Presbyterian Church, S. Main St., Franklinville. SEMINAR SERIES HOSTED BY GOACC’s membership committee - The seminars, held at the Chamber office, 120 North Union St., Olean, are FREE for members, with a $10 charge for non-GOACC members, but are limited in attendees. For more info. or to make a reservation, please contact GOACC at 3724433 or email Dec. 12 - SELF DEFENSE Skills in Sixty Minutes. Jan. 16 - Leadership Skills 2013. Feb. 20 - LEGAL SURVIVAL Tips for Your Business in this Economy. April 3 - MARKETING Tips and Strategies. Hat & Mitten Tree at King Memorial Library in Machias. Asking for donations to this annual project - hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, etc. The items may be home made or purchased and will be given out starting Dec. 1 throughout the winter months where individuals in need can select items. For more info. contact the library at 716-353-9915. Hinsdale Historical Museum Open House 2nd Sat. of each month on Main St. in Hinsdale. Hinsdale Vol. Fire Dept. Monthly Dinners - Second Thurs. of each month 4-7pm, Hinsdale Vol. Fire Dept., Main Street; cost is $8; takeouts available by calling 557-2513.

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• Bridge Lessons are being held on Tues., Noon-2pm at the library. Howe-Prescott Pioneer House in Cadiz open by appointPlease come and learn how to play. ment - 716-676-2590. Breakfast Every Sun. - Breakfast every Sun., 8-11am, Franklinville VFW. Breakfast Buffet on the last Sun. of every month (except in December). Kingsbury Hill Rd and Hardy’s Corners Rd., Franklinville. For more info. 716-676-2058.

MEETINGS CALENDAR All meetings are at 7 PM unless otherwise stated Ashford - (2nd Wednesday) December 12th 7:30 Cattaraugus County Legislature - (2nd & 4th Wednesdays) 3 PM December 12th & 26th Cattaraugus Village - (2nd Monday) December 10th Centerville - (2nd Tuesday) December 11th East Otto - (2nd Tuesday) December 11th Ellicottville Town (6 pm) - (3rd Wednesday) December 19th Ellicottville Village - (2nd Monday) December 10th Farmersville - (3rd Monday) December 17th Franklinville Town - (2nd Tues.) Dec. 11th (7:30 PM) Franklinville Village - (4th Thurs.) December 27th Great Valley - (2nd Monday) December 10th Humphrey - (2nd Monday) December 10th Ischua - (2nd Tuesday) December 11th Little Valley Town - (2nd Monday) December 10th Little Valley Village - (2nd & 4th Tues.) Dec. 11th Lyndon - (2nd Tuesday) December 11th Machias - (3rd Monday) December 17th Otto - (3rd Tuesday) December 18th Rushford - (2nd Monday) December 10th (8 PM) Yorkshire - (2nd Monday) December 10th Ellicottville CS Board - (2nd and 4th Tues.) November 27th December 11th Franklinville CS Board - (3rd Thurs.) December 20th 2012 COUNTY PLANNING BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE All meetings are held at 7 PM on the last Thursday of each month, at the County Center, 3rd Floor in the large committee room- 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY.,unless otherwise scheduled. All items/referrals to be placed on the Agenda must be received in the Planning Office no later than noon the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Memorial Library Of Little Valley Crochet Classes - the 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month from 7-9pm in the Community Room. Everyone is invited and there is no fee. Please bring a ball of cotton yarn, a G crochet hook, scissors, and a skein of your favorite color yarn. The instructors will be Linda McCubbin and the graduates of last years class. For more info. call 716-938-6301 or Linda McCubbin at 938-9430. Museums Open by Appointment - the Miner’s Cabin, located at 9 Pine Street in Franklinville and the Howe Prescott Pioneer House in Cadiz will be open by appointment only. To tour either of these Ischua Valley Historical Society buildings, please call 716-676-2590. Narcotics Anonymous - Every Sun., 7 pm, Franklinville Free Methodist Church, 41 S. Main St., Franklinville.The group is open to anyone experiencing problems with substance abuse. Open Swim at Cuba-Rushford Central School - Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7pm, $1. Overeaters Anonymous - Sundays at 8pm - 4541 Route 219, Great Valley. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone welcome! 716-945-2683. Salamanca Historical Museum is now open Tues., Thurs., Sat. 10am-4pm at 125 Main St., Salamanca. “WE MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE” - free of charge and totally handicapped accessible. Supper & Study - Thursdays, 6pm at the Machias UM Church, 9741 Route 16 in Machias. Call 716-353-4641. Toastmasters - Have you always wanted to learn public speaking or perhaps hone your skills in the art? Did you know that the public speaking group meets each month? 2nd Tues. of the month, 7pm, JCC College Center, Olean, Room 227.


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Jeff Haskell Coaches 8-9 Cagers to Title

On the weekend of November 17-18, the Olean Area Wildcats won the 8-9 year-olds divisional championship at the 16th Annual Great Lakes Youth Basketball Invitational in Rochester. Jeff Haskell of Franklinville coached the team with Billy McLain. The Wildcats finished 3-1 and won the title. Josh Haskell was a member of the

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team and the team was co-ed, with Elizabeth “Biz” Watson as the only girl. There were 75 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams entered in the tournament, using 10 gyms during the two-day tournament. Coach Haskell coached boys’ Varsity basketball at both Ten Broeck Academy of Franklinville and at Pioneer Central School.

ECS Senior Spotlight Greg Knier By Chad Neal

Greg Knier is a senior at Ellicottville Central School’s Class of 2013. Son of Keith and Debbie Knier, Greg grew up in Salamanca. He has a sister, Olivia, who lives

in Tennessee. Though he grew up a bit south of Ellicottville, Knier attended ECS “all the way up until the last half of my junior year, then I attended Franklinville. I

had to come back though, I left too much behind,” Knier said, explaining that he realized ECS was the place for him. Growing up, Knier played basketball, baseball and football, but “once high school hit, I stuck with just my favorite sport of all time, the one I would die,” Knier said. “I have always been attached to the sport. I have been starting varsity since my sophomore year. I play offensive line, defensive middle backer, and I am also a kicker.” Knier also shoots trap in the spring. He has a few bragging rights under his belt, too. He was named to the Olean Times Herald Big 30 AllStar Team for Offensive line. He also made First Team All-Star and Defensive MVP. “Some of my best memories from ECS so far are hanging out with my friends and getting the chance to play for a

sectional title at Ralph Wilson Stadium this year, in the football season. We won the Section 6 Class DD Sectional Title,” Knier gloated, “My inspirations are my friends, family and my parents, as well as my Uncle David, who has taught me to strive for success and have big dreams in life.” Knier is a musician as well, he told EMVN that he loves to play guitar and jam out with his friends when they have free time. His musical tastes include the roots of todays popular rock and country. “I enjoy the older generation of classic rock and classic country. Some of my favorite musicians are Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and CCR. For newer music I enjoy Foo Fighters and Bullet for my Valentine. I love music,” Knier said. Knier plans on taking Diesel Technology at Alfred State and he also plans on playing football there. Knier is a student at

BOCES taking a Natural Resources class, “because I love being out in the woods hunting or tapping trees to get sap for maple syrup, with my friends,” Knier explained and also said he wants to continue living in the area as well. Knier had some words of advice for the underclassmen at ECS,

“Live it up while you can. Before you know it, it will be gone and you will miss it,” He said, concluding, “I would also like to give a big thanks to my friends and family for being there for me no matter what, and granting me with some of the most ‘cherishful’ memories of my life!”

Your Section VI Class DD Champion Ellicottville Eagles!

The championship team takes a bit of time out of their celebration after their win at Ralph Stadium to pose with thier fans and the championship plaque.

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Salamanca Historical Museum Launches Holiday Events

Not sure what to get that hard – tobuy – for person on your Christmas list. The Salamanca Historical Museum gift shop has many unique and one of a kind items for sale including DVD’s, mugs, photos, books and old yearbooks. In addition, many craft items, ceramics, and plants are also available. A spectacular basket raffle joins the room make-over raffle and a 50/50 drawing to benefit the museum in the coming year and keep the doors open. Drawings will be held at the 4th annual Reindeer Day on Saturday Dec. 15th. A live reindeer and Santa Claus will be at the Victorian Pocket Park on Main St. from 10 AM til Noon. There will be free candy canes and hot cocoa for the kids. A bake sale of Christmas goodies will be held that day as well. Stop by the museum any Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. to browse the gift shop or take a tour. For more information call 945-2946.

Community Action’s Annual Santa’s Carnival On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Cattaraugus Community Action will host its annual Santa’s Carnival for the children of Cattaraugus County. This year’s Carnival is sure to be as much as fun as previous years – if not more! Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and the Grinch will be on hand for photo-ops. Santa’s Carnival is a holiday event for community children held at Cattaraugus Community Action, 25 Jefferson Street, Salamanca, New York.  Each of CCA’s departments creates games, crafts, and contests for our young visitors.  Events this year will include face painting, balloon

animals, music, and Mr. Scribbles for holiday fun. Every child leaves with prizes, decorations, toys, and homemade Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. This event is free and open to all community children. This event is made possible by generous contributions of private donors and area businesses: Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Holy Cross Athletic Club, and the I.O.O.B. Club. We hope to see several community children at our Annual Santa’s Carnival! For more information, please call Angel Fisher at (716) 945-1041, Ext. 141.

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Mary Catherine (Kay) Stokes Ellicottville

Mary Catherine (Kay) Stokes, born August 25, 1921, passed away November 22, 2012. The devoted daughter of the late Timothy and Beatrice (Hart) Stokes, she was predeceased in death by her brother, Gerard Stokes, and sister, Gayle (Kenneth) Junker. She is survived by her brother, Paul (Margaret) Stokes, also survived by sister-in-law Lois Stokes. Kay is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews and countless great- and greatgreat nieces and nephews. Kay was a daily parishioner at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Ellicottville, where she attended mass daily in the church built by her grandfather. She served as a secretary for a brief time at her parish and could be relied upon to assist in the counting of collections. Kay volunteered her time for Meals on Wheels well into her late 80s. She was a graduate of Ellicottville High School Class of 1939. She was a woman well

before her time and briefly attended Ohio State University and Capital University in Columbus, Oh. She worked for the Cattaraugus County Draft Board in Ellicottville, Veteran’s Administration in Olean and Cattaraugus County Cutlery in Little Valley and retired as Deputy Auditor for Cattaraugus County. Kay was fiercely independent and lived all her 91 years of her life at her family homestead in Ellicottville until the time of her death. Kay raised countless Golden Retrievers, including several Barney’s, a Phoenix and her surviving pooch, Tabitha, whom she continued to take responsibility for in spite of the fact she no longer lived with her. In addition to her brother, Paul, her nephew, Jiggs, saw her on a daily basis and was her trusted caretaker, without whom she would not have been able to maintain her independence.

While Kay would have been the last person to have ever boast of her contributions to her community and her family, she regularly went above and beyond helping those less fortunate than her with her generosity. She never sought acknowledgement and would have shunned it, but her life story would not be complete without recognizing her unselfish and unheralded love, which which she demonstrated not only in words, but, more importantly, in the actions she carried out day after day. Visitation was held at the O’Rourke Funeral Home at 411 Rock City St., Little Valley, on Sunday, November 25, 2012. A mass of Christian Burial was said Monday, November 26, 2012 at 11 AM from Holy Name of Mary Church, Ellicottville. Burial is to be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Ellicottville. Memorial may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Amelia W. Murray

Amelia ‛Amy’ Murray died November 24, 2012 in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born on April 24, 1941 in Hamlet, a daughter of the late Harold and Margaret Marioni Weaver. On June 24, 1967 in Franklinville, she married Ronald Jay Murray who survives. Mrs. Murray was a member of the Bellville Wesleyan Church, Cozy Quilters of Farmersville, former Farmersville Town Clerk for several years, was a great Yankees fan,

was a bird watcher and a great gardener and loved to go to garage sales and auctions. Most of all she loved her grandchildren. Surviving in addition to her husband, are her children, Brian W. Kelsey of Machias, Susan (Kenneth) McElheny of Rushford, Cynthia (Wayne) Bennion of Castile, Ronald J. Murray Jr. of Batavia, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Grace Hall of Forestville, Rosina Volkoff of Rushford, a brother, Harold (Betty) Weaver of Belfast and several nieces

and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Anna Kruppner, Helen Northrup and a brother, Elbert Weaver. A celebration of life took place at the KoplerWilliams Funeral Home,21 North Genesee Street, Fillmore on November 29, 2012. The Rev. Arthur McElheny of Rushford officiated. Burial will be in Bellville Cemetery, Town of New Hudson. Memorials if desired to: Cozy Quilters of Farmersville Box 22 Farmersville Station, N.Y. 14060

N.L. (Mike) Ballard Formerly of Franklinville

N.L. (Mike) Ballard of Stephens, Arkansas, formerly of Franklinville, passed away November 22, 2012. He was born March 24, 1953, the son of Elbert and Sarah Ballard. Mike was married to the former Gail Ebert, who survives. He is survived by a son, Lawrence (Cassie) Ballard of Jamestown, NY, two daughters, April (Donald) Dahlke of Franklinville and Jennifer Canada of

Stephens. Mike was Grandpa and Papa to Erika and Michael Ballard of Jamestown and Steven Canada of Stephens. He is also survived by his mother of Arcade, NY and his siblings, Alberta (George) Wieshman, Cindy (Donnie) Hitchcock, Steve Ballard and Dawn Ballard. He was predeceased by his father and three brothers,

Douglas, Nolan and Reed and a grandchild, Baby Ballard. Mike is also survived by his mother-in-law Eleanor Ebert of Salamanca, NY and several nieces and nephews. His greatest joys in his life were his family and when he was driving truck. He will be interred in White Cemetery, Rushford, NY at a later date.

Rosanne Truckenbrod Rosanne, born in Buffalo on June 27, 1923, graduated from Bennett High School in 1941 and Wellesley College in 1946. She was well known in Buffalo and Ellicottville as an avid skier and sailor. Rosanne enjoyed every summer of her life at her summer home on the Canadian shores of Lake Erie. Her many friends in Buffalo, Canada and Ellicottville,

Ellicottville including members of the Ellicottville Ski Club, Ellicottville Book Club and The Belles will miss her. Rosanne Truckenbrod, nee Livingston, of Ellicottville, passed away November 23, 2012. Widow of the late Robert Truckenbrod, Rosanne was also predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Livingston, and a brother, Jack Livingston.

She is survived by her son, Hans Truckenbrod, and his wife, Salley, of Bethel Vt., and several cousins. A private memorial will be held at a later date. If anyone wishes, memorial donations may be made to Buffalo Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mentley Funeral Home, Inc., 411 Rock City St., Little Valley.

Louis C. Stockman Franklinville

Louis C. Stockman died November 27, 2012 at the Olean General Hospital following a long illness. Born July 19, 1940 in Clarence, NY he was the son of Carl and Dorothy Bonnett Stockman. On October 3, 1964 in Blasdell, NY he married Jackie E. Young who survives. Mr. Stockman was a 1959 graduate of School #43 in Buffalo, and was employed at Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo for 10 years before retiring

from West Seneca Developmental Center, in W. Seneca in 1995 after more than 30 years of service. He was an accordion player and gave lessons, enjoyed wood working, collecting model cars and was a member of the NRA. Surviving besides his wife is a son Mark Stockman of Ellicottville, a daughter Dawn (Michael) Carlson of Franklinville, grandchildren Eric and Taylor Stockman, Matt and Danni Elliott, David and

Danielle Carlson, a brother and a sister. A private memorial mass was held on November 29, 2012 in St. Mary’s R.C. Church of Arcade, NY, with Rev. Michael O’Hara as celebrant. Memorials may be made to the Franklinville Vol. Fire Dept. P.O. Box 74, Franklinville NY 14737. Arrangements are under the direction of Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home in Franklinville where online condolences can be sent to

Renowned Bird Researcher to Present at Audubon

With migratory birds often traveling at night, it is difficult for scientists to monitor their declining flocks. The researcher who determined how to track these birds by using their distinctive nighttime vocalizations will be the presenter at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch. While we sleep, large waves of migrant birds pass over our houses during the spring and fall migration periods. Many utter short vocalizations to maintain contact with others and avoid mid-air collisions. On good migration nights thousands of these calls can be documented. At 11 AM, Friday, Dec. 7, Bill Evans will share insights from 25 years of obsessively listening to this phenomenon and present results from an evolving night flight call monitoring network across the conti-

nent in which the Jamestown Audubon Society is participating. Now the director of Old Bird Inc., a nonprofit focused on nocturnal bird migration research and education, his work has been featured in many media, including PBS’s Nova, the BBC, NPR, Science, The New York Times, and more. A resident of Ithaca, New York, Evans’s current research is directed toward understanding the impacts of artificial light on nightmigrating birds and their concentration dynamics

along shorelines and in mountainous terrain. Following the presentation, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $5 for Friends of the Nature Center and $7 for others. Reservations are not required. The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon. org.

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Police Reports Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office 11/26/12 – Kim R. Woolston, 49, of Delevan, was arrested on a charge of second-degree grand larceny. She is alleged to have stolen over $50,000 of New York State Lottery scratch-off tickets from a convenience store in Delevan. It is alleged that the theft happened over the course of several months in 2012. Woolston was an employee at the store at the time of the theft. She was arraigned in the Town of Yorkshire Court and is due to appear in the same court at a later date to answer the charge. 11/23/12 – Mark M. Murphy, 23, of Olean, was arrested on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after deputies responded to a call of a disable vehicle on Interstate 86 in the Town of Salamanca. When deputies arrived they found the vehicle to be empty. A search of the area lead them to Murphy as he was walking toward the City of Salamanca. Murphy said the truck belonged to a friend of his in Portville and he was on his way to return it when it ran out of gas. Deputies contacted the owners who stated that he did not give Murphy permission to use the vehicle. Murphy was placed under arrest and taken to the Sheriff’s Office for processing. Murphy was released on a ticket to appear in the Portville court at a later date to answer the charge. 11/23/12 – Randy E. Shine, 54, of Bradford, Pa., was arrested on charges of diving while intoxicated, driving with a blood-alcohol content .08 percent or greater, failure to maintain lane and failure to obey a traffic control device. The charges stemmed from a traffic stop in the City of Salamanca. Shine is to appear in the City of Salamanca Court at a later date to answer the charges.

11/22/12 – Nicole R. Macomb, 42, of Ellicottville, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08 percent, and failure to maintain lane after deputies responded to a call of a one-car motor vehicle accident on Sugartown Road, in the Town of Great Valley. Macomb was arrested and processed on the charges. She was released and is due to appear in the Town of Great Valley Court at a later date to answer the charges.

reported unresponsive driver in a running car. Trooper Joseph Butler, Jr. discovered the car partially in the roadway with the driver asleep. Further investigation revealed that Lancaster was intoxicated and unlicensed. Lancaster was released to a third party to answer charges in Town of Farmersville Court on Dec. 4, 2012.

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11/20/12 – Marcie Ann Hauri, 17, of East Otto, was involved in a onevehicle property damage accident on Rock Springs Road at Ashford Hollow Road in the Town of Ashford. The accident is pending investigation. 11/20/12 – William T. Lowry, 60, of Cattaraugus, was involved in a onevehicle property damage accident on Route 242 at Baker Road in the Town of Little Valley. The accident is pending investigation. 11/21/12 – Terry Holloway, 48, of Bradford, Pa., was charged in the Town of Great Valley, arrest of fugitive on warrant—extradition. Holloway is being held. 11/22/12 – Donald R. Wilson, 22, of Salamanca, was charged in the Town of Allegany for one count petit larceny. Wilson was issued an appearance ticket. 11/22/12 – Brandon T. Lancaster, 23, of Delevan, was charged in the Town of Farmersville on one count each: third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, operation a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent, and driving while intoxicated, after patrol was dispatched to Route 16 in the Town of Farmersville for a

11/22/12 – William J. Dembik, 34, of Orchard Park, was involved in a property damage accident on Route 16 at Lower Fox Road in the Town of Machias.

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, November 26, 2012: Katherine A. Hayes, 26, of Allegany, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of guilty to Robbery in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, both class D felonies, to satisfy a pending indictment. The incident occurred on or about May 25, 2012, in the Town of Allegany, when the defendant forcibly stole property and the value of that property exceeded three thousand dollars ($3,000.00). Sentencing is scheduled for February 11, 2013. Jose A. Morales, 37, of Dunkirk, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment. The incident occurred on or about January 5, 2012, in the Town of Dayton, when the defendant, acting with another person, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2013.

Carrie L. Mahone, 38, of Bergenny, New York, was entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment. The incident occurred on or about February 24, 2012, in the Town of Napoli, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle with a .20% BAC. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2013. Victor C. Spinler, 28, of Little Valley, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment. The incident occurred on or about February 4, 2012, in the Town of Napoli, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle with a .23% BAC. Sentencing is scheduled for February 11, 2013. Donald A. Hurd, 69, of Little Valley, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor. The incident occurred on or about May 20, 2012, in the Village of Little Valley, when the defendant subjected a person less than 11 years old to sexual contact. The matter has been adjourned for motions. Obidah Ramadhan, a/k/a OBI, 26, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated with the NYS Department of Corrections, was sentenced to a determinate term two years to be followed by two years of post-release supervision for his conviction of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony. The incident occurred on or about January 25, 2012, in the City of Olean, when the defendant attempted to

sell a narcotic drug, to wit, crack cocaine. Ashley M. King, 28, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to five years probation and a $2,000 fine for her conviction of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger, a class E felony. The incident occurred on or about April 12, 2012, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and while a child who was fifteen years of age or less was a passenger in such motor vehicle. John R. Hill, 29, of Arcade, New York was sentenced to four weekends in the Cattaraugus County Jail and three years probation for his conviction of Menacing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor. The incident occurred on or about September 17, 2011 in the Town of Freedom, when the defendant intentionally placed or attempted to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. Brandon C. Laborde, 28, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 2-6 years in the New York State Department of corrections and a concurrent term of one year for his convictions of two count of Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies, and one count of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony. On March 16, 2012 in the Town of Olean, acting jointly and in concert with another, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building. Additionally, on March 22, 2012 in the Town of Ischua, acting jointly and in concert with another, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building. On April 5, 2012 in the Town of Coldspring, acting jointly and in concert with another,

knowingly attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building. Matthew L. Grimes, 19, of Franklinville, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to one year in jail for his conviction of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony. On or about January 27, 2012, in the Town of Machias, while acting jointly and in concert with another and each aiding and abetting the other, he knowingly attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein. Thomas J. Demarco, 33, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to 1-3 years in the New York State Department of Corrections and a $1,000 fine for his conviction of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony. He was sentenced to a concurrent term of six months and fined $500 for his conviction of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor. On or about August 5, 2012, in the Town of Carrollton, the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public roadway, at a time when he had a BAC .23% and when he knew or had reason to know that his license or privilege of operating a motor vehicle in the State of New York was revoked a s a result of a prior alcohol-related conviction. Thomas J. Demarco, 33, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of nine months for his convictions of Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A Misdemeanor, to satisfy a pending indictment. The indictment charged that on or about December 17, 2011, in the City of Olean, the defendant recklessly caused physical injury to another person and knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old.

“Like” the State Police on Facebook! The New York State Police will be able to better serve the people of New York State through social media. New Yorkers can now “like” the State Police on Facebook and “follow” NYSP on Twitter. “We are now able to serve New Yorkers on a whole new level,” Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said. “Facebook and Twitter give us a chance to directly communicate and interact with the people we serve every day. Not only will we be able to get important public safety information out quickly, but New Yorkers will also get to know more about the work our Troopers do in their communities.” The official NYS Police Facebook page will allow the public to learn more about

the State Police, its specialty units and members. The State Police will also be posting important public safety information on crime prevention, traffic safety, missing persons and cold cases as well as information on how the public can help in investigations. With the many State Police interest groups on social media, make sure your readers and viewers look for “The official page of the New York State Police” while online. Find the official page on Facebook or Twitter @ nyspolice. For more information about the New York State Police, please visit www.troopers.

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Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test!

Here’s How It Works:

Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

CLUES ACROSS 1. Buttery salad lettuce 5. Xtreme sport term “Shred the ___” 9. Superior of an abbey 14. R____y: prayer beads 15. Unaccompanied & apart 16. ___ and Diu, Indian 17. Norway’s capital 18. Notice of someone’s death 19. High above 20. 2012 London Games 23. Optic covering 24. Mrs. Nixon 25. Turkish title of respect 26. Eyelid hair 31. Degraded 35. Saudi peninsula 36. Small fry 37. Back talk 38. Disposed to inflict pain 41. Put in advance 43. Landed properties 45. Zedong 46. Shellac resin 47. Awaken from sleep

51. Naval signalling system 56. Ancient Semitic gods 57. Fleur-de-lys 58. Stomach of an animal 59. Separates seating areas 60. 100 = 1 Samoan tala 61. Fante edwo, yam 62. Jubilant delights 63. Extinct ratite birds 64. Coarse file CLUES DOWN 1. Negative cheers 2. One periodical 3. Mild and pleasant 4. Cheatgrass or downy 5. Rejoiced 6. Person of no influence 7. Plant source for indigo 8. Key in again 9. Compatibility device 10. Indonesian jewelry island 11. Big man on campus 12. Stumblebums 13. Explosive 21. Dresden River

22. Mexican Indian 27. Emit coherent radiation 28. Arab overgarments 29. VI or six 30. Thou ____ sinned 31. French abbot 32. Prevents entry 33. Be next to 34. Stalk of a moss capsule 39. Books of maps 40. Jump upward or forward 41. Can’t move 42. Covers a building 44. Division into factions 45. Boat area 48. Lesion 49. Bonitos genus 50. Good gosh! 51. Cruise 52. State of comfort 53. Young woman (French) 54. 100-year-old-cookie 55. Exchange 56. Shopping receptacle

Routes to Art Holiday Sale on Dec. 1 FRANKLINVILLE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Pete Spear, Pastor 27 S. Main St., Franklinville 716-676-5262 Sunday School 9:30 AM Sunday Worship at 10:45 AM FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 9656 Main St., Machias 716-675-2683 MISSIONARY ALLIANCE 7813 Pine St., Franklinville 716-676-3314 FRANKLINVILLE FREE METHODIST CHURCH Rev. David Fisher, Pastor 41 South Main St., Franklinville 716-676-3777 Sunday Services 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM BROOKLYN FREE METHODIST CHURCH 9387 East Otto Rd., E. Otto Sunday service - 11am Adult Sunday School Class 10am. Pastor Christopher Cole

FARMERSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH 9791 Church St. Farmersville Station Sunday School 10 am Sunday Services 11 am & 6 pm Wednesday Bible Study 5:45-7pm FARMERSVILLE CENTER COMMUNITY CHURCH Route 98 N, Farmersville Sunday Worship—11:00 AM Sunday school—9:45 AM Bible study—7 PM Wednesdays FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 3556 Roszyk Hill Rd., Machias 716-353-8286 Sunday services: 9:45 AM & Sunday Worship 10:45 AM Sunday school 9:45 AM Wednesday night study 7 PM FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GREAT VALLEY 5049 Route 219, Great Valley 716-945-4629 Sunday School - 9:30am, Morning Worship - 10:45am, Evening Worship - 6:30pm

FRANKLINVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Rev. Jason Cashing, Pastor 25 S Main St., Franklinville 716-676-3883 Sunday Service 11:00 AM GRACE BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH 7968 Reed Hill Road, Little Valley 716-257-3645 Rev. Richard Godinez, Pastor Sunday School: 10 am Morning Worship: 11am Sunday Evening: 6 pm Prayer & Bible Study Mon. - Wed.: 7 pm GREAT VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 5242 Route 219, Great Valley 716-945-4375 Sunday School - 10AM, Worship Services - Sunday 11AM HOLY NAME OF MARY RC CHURCH 20-22 Jefferson Street, Ellicottville 716-699-2592 Rev. Ronald B. Mierzwa, Pastor Saturdays: 5:00 pm Vigil Mass Sundays: 8:00 am Holy Mass, 10:30 am Holy Mass

MACHIAS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Route 16, Machias (across from Post Office) Summer Services through August Saturday Evening 6:30pm Sunday Morning Worship-- 9 AM Church School--10:15 AM Pastor: David Kubiak JOY CHURCH 9878 Main St., Machias 716- 353-5397 10:00 AM Sunday Service SOLOMON’S PORCH MINISTRIES 7705 Toad Hollow Road Mansfield, NY 14755 Pastor Gail McCrory 716-257-9138 716-560-7767 Saturday Svcs. 7 pm Sundays 10 am ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Washington and Jefferson Sts. (Route 219), Ellicottville 945-1820 The Rev.’d Dr. R. William Franklin, Bishop The Rev’d Michael Lonto, Vicar Bill Burrell & Dick Chase, Wardens Ted LaCroix Lay Eucharist Minister Services at 5:00 pm Saturday ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 6360 Route 219/242 East, Ellicottville 716-699-2265 WORSHIP Sat. 5:00 PM, Sun. 10:30AM Sun. School & Adult Bible Study 9:00am ST. PHILOMENA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Rev. Robert Marino, Administrator 26 N. Plymouth Ave. Franklinville 676-3629 Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM UNITED CHURCH OF ELLICOTTVILLE 53 Elizabeth Street, Ellicottville Rev. Deborah Packard 716-699-4003 Sunday School at 9-10:15am, Sunday Services at 10:00am

This holiday season, there’s no better way to find unique gifts and to support local artisans than to shop the Routes to Art Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 1. For the third year, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council is producing the Holiday Sale from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Grand Hall of the Seneca Allegany Administration Building at 90 Ohiyo Way, right off the casino exit in Salamanca. Anne Conroy-Baiter, Executive Director of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, stated that the location is perfect for a holiday sale. “We chose the Seneca Administration building because of its central location and the fact that all the Routes to

Art artists can easily fit in the Grand Hall. Instead of shopping in a mall from store to store, shoppers make their way from booth to booth finding unique and affordable holiday gifts.” The sale is made up of participating artists in next year’s 2013 Routes to Art open studio tour. Now in its sixth year, Routes to Art (RTA) is an annual, self-guided, open-studio artists’ tour taking place across Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation of Indians. Next year’s tour is scheduled for May 18-19, 2013. Regional artists like Sean Huntington, Debra Eck, Penelope Minner, Keith McKale, Mary Jacobs, Robin Zefers Clark, Elliott Hutten, Dawn Lombardi,



Nance Jackson, Samantha Jacobs, Jennifer Miller, Melanie Hill, Richard Big Kettle, Marilyn Reynolds, Dug Stein, Tom Martin, Kristina McLeod, Cheryl Tome, Patricia Eckstrom, Michael Weishan and others will display and sell many cash-and-carry items. Shoppers can expect to find cards, books, prints, jewelry, pottery, ornaments, as well as paintings, stained glass, basket weaving, wood carving, photography, and more. The Routes to Art Holiday Sale is designed to promote the collective arts community while advancing cultural tourism and enhancing enjoyment of life in the Southern Tier. Cash, checks and credits cards accepted.


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Winter Activities Announced for Local State Parks First Day Hikes Kick Off 2013 with Fresh Air and Exercise

What are Your Favorite Memories of Christmas?

Christmas time, the Holidays are very memorable moments, especially for those of us who experience the cold and snowy weather along with it. The celebration of the season goes back to the beginning of history, the mysteries of the dark we revered through superstition and creative tales, retold over and over, again. The culmination of the days and excitement leading up to Christmas end, for most, but here in Ellicottville, it seems the holidays last a little longer. The memories cherished and smiles received make the cold and unlit earth seem merrier and

Christina A. The 25 days of Christmas

Jennifer P.

I love looking at Christmas lights.

Leslie K.

The look on my kids’ faces Christmas morning is my number one favorite. Also the family time while we set up the Christmas tree, bake the cookies and watch Christmas Specials

we reassure each other with kind words, too. Music, lights, wonderful foods and sweet desserts, and the gifts are all nostalgic and repeating the traditions year after year are positive ways to cope with the dark and frigid times. We, as humans, understand the greatest way to live is happily, and manipulating the unknown into joyfulness, instead of fear is a common instinct for most at one time or another. Even Ebenezer Scrooge had good memories of Christmas past. What is your favorite thing about the Holiday season?

Jessica D.

Christmas candles and lights.

Nikki J.

Seeing it through my daughter’s eyes.

Jennifer A.

I love that palpable feeling of being charitable, not judgmental toward those in need. The reminder that we are not to judge, but we are to give of the [nonmaterial] gifts we have been blessed with.

The Niagara Region of the Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced its winter 2013 programming, which starts with a First Day Hike on January 1, 2013. As always, events are free and open to the public but registration is always encouraged due to limited space. Activities are as follows: First Day Hikes What a better way to kick off the New Year then by joining a park naturalist and others across New York State and the Nation out on the trails on the 1st day of 2013! Tuesday, January 1 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM First Day: Let’s go to Niagara Falls! Niagara Falls State Park Start out your New Year with a visit to the oldest State Park in the nation. Enjoy a guided walk filled with fun facts of years gone by! For information and registration call (716) 2825154.

Heather S.

Cookies and snow and warm fireplaces

Tuesday, January 1 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM First Day along the Niagara River Whirlpool State Park The Niagara River has many stories to tell and mysteries to reveal. This gentle and scenic hike will give you some insight to the natural and cultural history (as well as conflicts and resolutions) of the Mighty Niagara. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

Fritz G.

Tuesday, January 1 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM First Day Hike with Views Fort Niagara State Park We’ll view the Niagara River and Lake Ontario shoreline and hear river and lake facts and stories. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154.

EVERYTHING!!!! Shopping, people, music, snow, Holiday spirit, and Jesus’ birthday bash.

Jessie P.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The look on their face when they open the gift from you and they love it. That’s the best. The joyous surprise. Knowing you did good.

Tuesday, January 1 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM First Day Hike in the Woods Wilson Tuscarora State Park Let’s start our New Year’s resolution out on the right foot and go for a hike in the great outdoors. (If enough snow it will be a snowshoe hike.) For information and registration call (716) 2825154. Saturday, January 12 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Winter Tracking Fun! Evangola State Park A gait, a stride, a straddle or lope. A winter survivor that some how copes. A nocturnal creature that left a trace. Identify the tracks

and make the case! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050. Saturday, January 12 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Ice Bridge Display and Walk to Prospect Point Niagara Falls State Park For information and registration call (716) 2825154. Saturday, January 12 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Winter Trail Days Reservoir State Park Come along and celebrate the 18th Annual Winter Trails Day as we explore this recently renovated state park. We will offer snowshoeing, weather permitting. For information and registration call(716) 282-5154. Saturday, January 26 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Chautauqua Lake Cross Country Ski Long Point State Park History and nature, old growth trees and more, ski the scenic views along the lakeshore. A glacial moraine rises above 1,300 feet and below Chautauqua’s waters are considered the most deep. Bring your cross country skis for a guided tour. For information and registration call (716) 5491050. Saturday, January 26 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ice Bridge Display and Walk to Prospect Point Niagara Falls State Park For information and registration call (716) 2825154. Saturday, January 26 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Snowshoe Full Moon Hike Buckhorn Island State Park If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Join a park naturalist, strap on a pair of our traditional wood snowshoes and discover this State Park when it is lit up by the moon. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154. Saturday, February 2 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Groundhog Day Walk Deveaux Woods State Park Happy Groundhog Day! Join us for a walk around the park and groundhog crafts to follow. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154. Saturday, February 2 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ice Bridge Display and Walk to Prospect Point Niagara Falls State Park For information and registration call (716) 2825154.

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Saturday, February 9 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Winter Tracking Fun! Lake Erie State Park A gait, a stride, a straddle or lope. A winter survivor that some how copes. A nocturnal creature that left a trace. Identify the tracks and make the case! For information and registration call (716) 549-1050. Thursday, February 14 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Valentine’s Day Candle Lantern Snowshoe Walk DeVeaux Woods State Park Bring your friends, family, your significant other or just yourself out for a fun- filled night. Sip some hot chocolate while making your own lantern then go and discover the night through folklore and star gazing. For information & registration call (716) 2825154. Saturday, February 16 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ice Bridges Niagara Falls State Park Shake off the winter blues and come learn about the Ice Bridges of Niagara! A display will be located at the Visitors Center along with a short guided walk down to Prospect Point to see if an ice bridge has formed! For information and registration call (716) 282-5154. Saturday, February 23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ice Volcanoes of Lake Erie Evangola State Park Ice Volcanoes can erupt leaving a bizarre lunar landscape of cones, vents, mounds, ice caves and craters. Discover frozen Lake Erie geology and the local connection to Fredonia State University! For information & registration call (716)549-1050. Saturday, February 23 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Birding on the River Beaver Island & Buckhorn Island State Parks Join us as we search for migratory waterfowl and other wintering birds found along the shores of the Niagara River. We will visit the lagoon overlook as well as a few of the many viewing areas you will find in our state parks on Grand Island. For information and registration call (716) 282-5154. Saturday, March 2 10:00 AM – NOON Ice Bridge Display and Walk to Prospect Point Niagara Falls State Park For information and registration call (716) 2825154. Saturday, March 2 2:00PM - 4:00 PM 1st Annual Hot Chocolate Hike/Snowshoe DeVeaux Woods State Park Tired of being cooped up inside? Join us for a hike (or snowshoe) in the woods at DeVeaux. Then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate! Don’t forget to bring your favorite mug. For information & registration call (716) 282-5154. Wednesday, March 20 10:00 AM - NOON First Day of Spring Walk Reservoir State Park Spring begins today in the Northern Hemisphere! Emerge from winter hibernation and join a park naturalist on a walk through the park to rediscover the beauty of spring. For information & registration call(716) 282-5154. Friday, March 29 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Night Sounds Evangola State Park Listen for the sleigh bell serenade of Spring Peepers under shooting stars and a copper Mars. Will the Wood Frogs quack and the Timber Doodles twitter? Do Screech Owls whinny and can Barred Owls call for dinner? Find out on a journey through dusk into the world of night!

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