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Ellicottville Personality Published: ‘Living the Good Life’ . . . page 6 December 3-9, 2009


Volume 04 ~ Issue 48

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An Old Fashioned Holiday in EVL Annual Christmas Stroll This Saturday in the Village

20 Monroe Street ~ 699-4162 Saturday, Dec. 5th, 5-9pm OZONE RANGERS A groove of bluesy bass & drum rhythms sprinkled with some tasty Southern licks.

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Every Monday, 10pm MONDO MONDAYS With Jack Darvaset Playing music for no reason whatsoever other than to have fun!

20 Washington Street ~ 699-2530 Every Thursday, 7-11pm KUK & FREDDIE Saturday, Dec. 5th, 9pm-1am JOE WAGNER BAND Every Monday, 7-10pm BLUE MULE BAND

Every Wednesday, 9pm-1am WAGNER & WINSTON

Experience a very unique, old-fashioned holiday season with Ellicottville’s Christmas Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 5. Among the many events is Santa’s arrival at the 1887 Building at 4pm, and the day is concluded with a Living Nativity so authentic you’ll be amazed! Organ music and tours of St. John’s Church will be given, and cocoa and cookies will be offered in Mrs. Claus kitchen at The Barn Restaurant. The day will also feature wagon rides next to Town Hall, candy elves, caroling and live camel strolling around town. A display of nativity sets and angels will be housed in the Holy Name of Mary Church Hall on Martha Street, and everyone’s favorite, the Reindog Parade, will march down Washington Street at 4:30pm, followed by the Living Nativity at the Gazebo. To learn more, visit See schedule page 2.

Irish Christmas Fundraiser Friday Evening At The Gin Mill

Help Local Families in Need: Donate a Gift to the E’ville Family Support Center and ‘Santa’s Workshop’

For the 5th year in a row, the Ellicottville community has a chance to come together, have a fun time, and share the joy of the Christmas season. An “Irish Christmas” fundraiser collects gifts for those less fortunate and will take place at the Gin Mill this Friday, Dec. 4 beginning at 6pm. All Ellicottville residents are invited to bring a Christmas gift to the Irish Christmas event, benefiting the Family Support Center for Ellicottville. The gifts should be wrapped (unwrapped gifts will be accepted) and can be for anybody. For those who won’t be able to attend, cash donations may be sent to the Family Support Center for Ellicottville, PO Box 1465, Ellicottville NY, 14731. Hope to see you Friday at the Gin Mill!

Village/Town Discuss HoliMont Expansion Canfield Project Inches Closer to Reality; Though with Possibly Less Units Approved

Salamanca, NY ~ 1-877-553-9500 Every Thursday THURSDAY NIGHT COMEDY Enjoy live music or our Thursday Night Comedy feature right on the gaming floor at The Casino Bar!

By Ian Biggs In a rare meeting between the Ellicottville Town and Village Boards, the HoliMont expansion project was discussed on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The meeting was called to order by Town Supervisor John Burrell and

Sneak Peek In This Issue . . .

Telemark Skier Magazine’s U.S. Tour with Editor Josh Madsen Coming to E’ville ... page 7

By Stephanie Hacker, St. Bonaventure University Telemark Skier Magazine and Height of Land Publications has hit the road, stopping in 50 key ski towns and metropolitan areas across the nation in 90 days, for screenings of Editor Josh Madsen’s new Telemark movie, “The Freeheel Life,” and they are coming to Ellicottville.

Up Close & Personal with Michael Militello ... page 7

By Nick Pircio, WPIG 95.7 FM Michael Militello does not like to speak about the painful memories of his life, but he opens up when you mention his long-time friends in Ellicottville. Militello experienced an incredible ordeal as a soldier in Vietnam, and then again later when he was on board an airplane hijacked to Cuba. Recently, he was presented with a Purple Heart, replacing the one he received that somehow got lost years ago amid the confusion of the battlefield and hospital.

See Our Calender of Ongoing Events ... page 3

Village Mayor Charlie Coolidge. All members were present except for village attorney Bob Simon and trustee Sherman Wilkens. HoliMont General Manager Dave Riley and his attorney Sean Hopkins of the Buffalo firm Hopkins & Sorgi were also present, representing HoliMont.

In the project, HoliMont wants to expand its trails and include private homes and condos into land owned by the Town of Mansfield on the west side of HoliMont. The Village of Ellicottville, however, owns the sewer rights where the homes and condos would be. A tri-lateral

agreement between the Town and Village of Ellicottville and Town of Mansfield for the sewer and water rights is being sought by HoliMont in order to continue with the proposed expansion project. According to See BOARD page 11

A Cookbook With A Cause HoliFare: A Culmination of Great Food After a Day On the Slopes

By John Thomas While most people don’t make an automatic connection with skiing and gourmet food, ask anybody who skis or rides and they’ll tell you that a good meal is the perfect compliment to a day on the slopes. For Dennis Bell and Peter Sullivan, skiing and good food are a natural fit, so they teamed up to create the Holifare cookbook as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Adaptive Program at HoliMont. According to Dennis Bell, over the years of many social events at HoliMont, a lot of great food has been prepared and enjoyed by club members. Dennis was struck by the number of great cooks among his friends and decided “…we would be most remiss if an effort was not made to share some of this great talent with the rest of the world or at least the rest of Ellicottville and its visitors.” To get the ball rolling, Dennis enlisted the help of Peter Sullivan to act as co-editor and the two began to solicit recipes and sponsors for the book. The project gained momentum when the decision was made to use the proceeds from the sale of the book to benefit the adaptive ski program and HoliMont. The two men give great credit to the many volunteers who worked on the book. Peter gives particular credit to Shannon Carscallen for suggesting wine pairing for many of the recipes, and Marci Hazard for the cover design and division pages. The recipes run the gamut of regional favorites like Blackened Buffalo Blue Shrimp to Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Cajun

Left to right: Dennis Bell, cookbook co-chair; Nancy Lokes, design specalist at Tangled Twigs of Ellicottville; and Peter Sullivan, co-chair, diplay the recently released HoliFare cookbooks inside the Tangled Twigs shop, just one of many locations where the book is available. Photo/Evan Evans

Shrimp Sauce to Strawberry Margarita Pie. The book’s many sponsors contributed money towards the printing costs, allowing 100% of the proceeds to be donated to the adaptive ski program. In the introduction, Dennis recalls some of the first social gatherings at Holimont, back in 1963, “where a gourmet lunch was a hot dog stuck on the end of a long fork to hold over the fire.” As the years went by, he explains the food evolved “to where caviar and smoked salmon show up on a regular basis.” Peter Sullivan exclaims, “What a pool of culinary talent exists at

HoliMont!” The Phoenix Adaptive Ski Program was founded in 1996 by Chuck Richardson. The first season had only one student, but eventually the board of directors at HoliMont integrated the program into the regular instruction program on the slopes. Now staffed with a group of dedicated volunteers and trained instructors, the program has over thirty students annually. The HoliFare cookbook is available for sale at the Chamber office, Holiday Shoppe, E-Ville Spirits, Village Wine Rack, Red Door, Alexandra, Tangled Twigs, City Garage, and Dina’s.

SILVER BELLS FESTIVAL: November 28-December 19 ~ Throughout Salamanca

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~ The Villager ~ December 3-9, 2009

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Ellicottville’s Christmas Stroll Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Experience a very unique, old fashioned holiday season in Ellicottville.

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3:30-5:00 Organ Music & Tours at St. John’s Episcopal Church Kids can make Ornaments! 4:00-5:30 Cocoa & Cookies in Mrs. Claus Kitchen at The Barn Monroe Street - Follow the Candy Canes! 4:00-6:00 Wagon Rides next to Town Hall, Candy Elves, Caroling & a Live Camel Strolling around Town. Display of Nativity Sets & Angels in Holy Name of Mary Church on Martha Street

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December 3-9, 2009 ~ The Villager ~

Publisher’s Word

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Your Lifestyle Calls ... Welcome to

Jeanine’s Shopping Tips

With last Thursday’s annual food fest finally behind us (no pun intended, but extra gym time will be required), we can now turn our attention to what comes next. I like to call this particular month the “Ohmygoshonlyfourweekstogo” season. Time for all of us to take a gander at our checking account balances, credit card debt and consider any potential sources of additional income. Like ol’ St. Nick, you need to make a list and check it twice and eliminate those who weren’t too very nice. You know who

you are … For any bonafide shopaholic, the next few weeks are as close to nirvana as one can get. I’ve been known to make a few gift purchases once in a while - when a special occasion warrants, of course. Such as when the day of the week ends in the letter ‘y’. So here’s Jeanine’s advice for “holiday shopping ‘til you dropping” … First – and this is key – relax! It’s going to be okay, honestly. I would suggest you start out with a nice glass (or two) of your wine of choice while you ponder just how much all this Christmas shopping will cost you. Or not – the heck with it – Christmas shopping only comes but once a year. Take a look at the checkbook register (probably for the first time in months), get your plastic in order (alphabetically works for me), and honestly assess if the family pet really needs that cashmere poochie coat from Orvis. Having a game plan – a roadmap, if you will – of which stores to hit in what order is mightily important. And this

is the beauty of shopping in E’ville – going to EVERY store in the village is SO convenient. Here’s what I do - purchase at least two items from each store – don’t miss a single one - and don’t have anyone specific in mind when you make your purchases. Get stuff that appeals to you and you alone. Be conspicuous – you want all your friends to see you lugging dozens of shopping bags from store to store. Go home, pull everything out and decide who would like what. Inevitably, there’ll be a few items that won’t find a home for Christmas. I call these the “orphan presents” - these poor leftover gifts desperately need to be adopted - by me, of course. So, everybody’s holiday happy! So, dear readers, these are just a few ideas I keep in mind during the busy month of December. Remember the best shopper is an impulsive shopper – don’t agonize over your purchases – just buy the darn thing. And hang on to those receipts. Until next week … Jeanine Zimmer

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Happy Birthday: TIM DIGGINS . . . . . . . . . . DEC. 2 Happy Birthday: MASON PERKS . . . . . . . . . DEC. 7 Notice: Winter Parking in Ellicottville

This is an annual reminder for residents and visitors to Ellicottville about parking on streets and highways. Within the Village, from December 1-March 31, there is NO PARKING on Washington Street and Monroe Street from 4am-6am to allow the D.P.W. to clear the streets of snow accumulation within the business area. In addition, there is NO PARKING on ALL Town of Ellicottville highways from December 1-April 1. If there are any questions, please call Constable Howard T. Gifford at 716-353-5439 (work cell) or 716-699-4664 (home). These contact numbers may also be used to report any incidents or to request assistance. Thank you. Howard T. Gifford, Ellicottville Constable

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Eagle Ridge-Maples Road New build. 4bdrms, 3 baths, 2 half baths, 2-car gar. $630,000

532 Fox Ridge 3bdrm, 3 bath, 2500 SF townhouse. Fully furn. $370,000

29 Mill Street Large or 2-family home, separate entrances, in village. $229,000

6163 Jefferson Street Renovated, well cared for. 4bdrms, 2 baths w/2-story barn. $275,000

Letter To The Publisher ‘Friends of Strays’ Needs Your Support

For all they give to us, now it’s our turn to give to them. We feel every animal deserves to be loved, but often, the harsh reality is that many are left without homes. Sadly, this year could be worse than most. With some pet owners having to make tough decisions, the cruel truth is that more pets will be dumped and abandoned on the street while others will suffer hunger, neglect and abuse. Unlike shelters, we take these unfortunate animals into our homes and act as foster parents where we give them love, training and with the help of our vet, medical attention. In

preparation for the cold weather ahead, we have been working hard to help all the animals in our area. Now more than ever we need your support! Animals give so much to us: their unconditional love and companionship. Please help us to give back and find homes for all of our area’s adoptable animals. We believe that by working together, we can change the lives of many homeless pets. We will also gladly accept any donations or much needed cat litter and dog/cat food, both canned and dry at the address below. For more information, you can call us at 716-801-1386 or visit our

website at www.salamancafos. Friends of Strays Inc. was officially incorporated under Section 402 of the Notfor-Profit Corporation Law on October 16, 2002. All donations to our organization can be used as a State and Federal tax write-off. When a donation is made, a tax receipt will be mailed to you for tax purposes. On behalf of all the volunteers and animals with Friends of Strays, we thank you from the bottom of our paws! Friends of Strays Inc. 52 Academy St. Salamanca, NY 14779

Published Every Thursday / AD DEADLINE: Mondays at 4pm Publisher Jeanine Zimmer

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The Villager is a free weekly publication serving Ellicottville and surrounding communities, compliments of our advertisers. The views expressed within the publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Publisher or of the advertisers. The contents of The Villager cannot be reproduced without written consent from the Publisher. This includes, but is not limited to, articles, photographs, artwork and ad design. Comments and story ideas may be submitted to: publisher@ or PO Box 178, Ellicottville, NY 14731. The Villager is a Zimmer Media Publication.

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Thursday, Dec. 10: Chamber Christmas Party, 6pm at HoliMont - tickets are $45 for Chamber members and $50 for non-member guests. Call the Ellicottville Chamber office at 699-5046 to register. / Healing Service, 7pm in the Ellicottville Memorial Library’s Community Room – all are welcome.

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Saturday, Dec. 5: Christmas Stroll, celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in downtown Ellicottville with Santa’s arrival, wagon rides, the ever-popular Reindog Parade and more! / 1st Annual Christmas Bazaar, 11am-5pm at the United Church of Ellicottville – children’s activities, craft sale and more!

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H204 SnowPine Village New floors, counters & furniture. Ski in/out this season! $238,000

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Ellicottville Memorial Library Events

Wednesdays: Story Time, 11:15am / Belly Dancing, 5-6:15pm - learn basics including technique & movement, $10/class. 2nd Wednesdays of the Month: Book Club Meets, 1:30pm. Dec. 9 discussion: “The Christmas Jars” by Jason Wright. Contact Bev Webster at 945-4089 for more details.

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Ellicottville Board Meetings

(All meetings take place at the Village/Town Hall, unless otherwise noted) Tuesday, Dec. 8: Village Planning Board, 5:30pm Monday, Dec. 14: Village Board, 6pm Monday, Dec. 21: Town Planning Board, 6pm Tuesday, Dec. 22: Town Board, 6pm Sales: • Rentals:

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: December 4-6 ~ Throughout Randolph

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~ The Villager ~ December 3-9, 2009

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Thank You to Everyone Involved in All of Last Weekend’s Activities

The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who was involved in making last weekend’s Christmas in Ellicottville celebration such a huge success! Joanne Timkey of Ellicottville Oasis Day Spa, Chair of the Christmas in Ellicottville committee once again did an excellent job of coordinating the events of the weekend. Thanks Joanne! Many thanks also go out to The Kelly House and Tracy, the Ellicottville Fire Dept., Dina’s, EBC, ECS Middle School Band and Mrs. Wilder, Melanie Pritchard, Annie Widger, Becca Whited, Jennie Acklin, Therese O’Rourke, Five Star Bank employees, Emily Timkey, Gwen Brown, Izzy Brown, Chuck Richardson, Mayor Charlie Coolidge and Adam Kemp. Donations from local merchants provided the funding for this holiday celebration and allowed the Chamber to offer many free activities. The following businesses all donated to

this event: Anew Beginning Massage, City Garage, Brian & Carol Erickson of Contract Sales, Daff, Dekdebruns Ski Shop, E-Ville Spirits, Holiday Shoppe, Holiday Valley Resort, HoliMont, Holy Name of Mary Church, Jefferson Inn, Andree McRae, Gado-Gado, ERA Vacation Properties, Telemark Inn, Mark Chason, and Weed-

Chamber Christmas Party Next Thursday at HoliMont

Monday is the last day to sign up for the Chamber Christmas Party! With a delicious sit down meal prepared by Dina’s at the Mont, good friends and dancing to the tunes of the Old School B-Boys, this is one you won’t want to miss. The Old School B-Boys is a 10-piece choreographed show in the style of the Temptations and the Four Tops that will keep you dancing all night. Combining the sounds of Motown, Soul and Rhythm and Blues, the Old School B-Boys have opened for many national acts including the Manhattans and the Delfonics in many great rooms around the country including Klienhans in Buffalo with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Call the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce office at 699-5046 to register for next Thursday’s Christmas Party, which will be held at HoliMont beginning at 6pm. The evening will feature a sit down dinner by Dina’s at the Mont, and live music by the Old School B-Boys.

Health Insurance Deadline Reminder

Reminder: Health insurance open enrollment is NOW. If you want to make changes to your current coverage like removing mandatory mail order, all paperwork must be submitted to and approved by the carrier by December 15 in order to have coverage January 1, 2010. Please call Heather at 699-5046 to schedule an appointment.

Library Donation

Chamber Presents Check Following Successful Fall Fest Sale

Each year Laura and her staff of volunteers from the Ellicottville Memorial Library manage the information tent at Fall Festival. In addition to giving assistance and directions to festival-goers, they also sell the Fall Festival posters, shirts and other memorabilia on display in the tent. This year’s donation exceeded $1,500. The Chamber thanks all involved for a great job! Pictured at left is Ellicottville Chamber Executive Director Brian McFadden presenting a check to Librarian Laura Flanagan.

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Ross Agency. A special thanks to Subway for donating cookies, Coffee Culture for donating hot chocolate, and Shanell at The Wingate by Wyndham for again hosting many of the events and being our signature sponsor with a $1,000 donation. Thanks again to everyone involved. A great weekend was had by all!

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December 3-9, 2009 ~ The Villager ~

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Snowmaking Forecast The Inside Scoop from Mountain Ops

Eddie Szpaicher, Licensed Agent

Office: 716-699-3947 • Cell: 716-969-3050 •

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if all goes as forecasted, the Holiday Valley crew will start making snow this Friday night, December 4. Guns are ready for action on Yodeler, Mardi Gras, the Candy Cane loop (Candy Cane, Laurel, Punch Bowl, Sugar Plum) and School Haus. If we are able to get a solid week of snowmaking at night, plus a couple of days for grooming, we could open the 2009-2010 season by Friday, December 11!

Director of Mountain Operations and snowmaking veteran, Steve Crowley, gave us the latest word about snowmaking and possible season start-up ... if all goes as forecasted, the Holiday Valley crew will start making snow this Friday night, December 4. Guns are ready for action on Yodeler, Mardi Gras, the Candy Cane loop (Candy Cane, Laurel, Punch Bowl, Sugar Plum) and School Haus. If we are able to get a solid week of snowmaking at night, plus a couple of days for grooming, we could open the 2009-2010 season by Friday, December 11!

Here’s the good and the bad ... bad news first: the ground is relatively warm and moist which makes snow disappear, so with these conditions we need more manmade snow to build up a base. Even if we get some nice lake effect snow, it is lower in density and although it looks pretty, it won’t let us open much earlier. Plus, we can never forget who’s in charge here - Mother Nature – so be kind to the earth and maybe she’ll help us out. But there’s good news, too. Spruce Lake’s 62-million gallons of water is standing by so we can make a LOT of snow in a short period of time.

We purchased 40 new HKD tower guns that can make snow in a warmer temperature range. These guns are staged on Yodeler and the Candy Cane loop. Once we hit temperatures in the low 20s, we can run 135+ guns simultaneously and that builds up base in a hurry! Keep in touch with Steve’s weekly updates at w w w. h o l i d a y v a l l e y. c o m / HolidayValley/info/mountainupdates.aspx. In Western New York, there’s one thing you can count on and that’s winter! It will be here before you know it and we’ll all be out making turns with our friends. See you on the slopes!

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Only a short time to go and the first owners will be staying at the BRAND NEW Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley! The 6pace is fast and furious as efinishing touches are put in eplace, staff is trained and punch elists are checked and doublechecked. Winter reservations are pouring in and the sales staff has been busy with closings and new sales. Many, many people have worked very hard on this project and they can be proud of what they have accomplished together. We’d like to acknowledge the local craftsmen and businesses who have contributed their skills and products to the Tamarack Club. Mike and David Halloran and the crew of Halloran Construction are responsible for all of the interior trim work including the oak paneled lobby, John Harvard’s Brew House and each lodging unit. Dineen Painting painted all of the exterior trim, wood siding and the interior walls and also hung all of the wall coverings. Paul Boccolucci of Good Stuff fashioned the iron chandelier in the lobby, the Tamarack sign behind the front desk, the Tamarack logo details on all of the deck railings and the bonfire pit. Larry and Carolyn Tocha of Five Points Woodworking built the cherry Adirondack deck chairs and tables. Tom Lowry and John Zerfas crafted

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The Grand Opening of the Tamarack Club (lobby pictured above) is planned for mid-January (although guests and owners will be staying with us in mid-December), and the public will be invited to tour the facility and observe the work of our local craftsmen.

a totally unique bar top for John Harvard’s Brew Pub. It cannot be described ... you just have to see it for yourself! Northrup Construction did all of the site work preparation, excavation and final grading. Mike Stang and Paul Timkey of S&T Construction installed the roof ice melt system. Jack Kramer of Ellicottville Landscaping designed the plantings around the building, and George Schichtel of Schichtel’s Nursery supplied the trees. Fitzpatrick and Weller supplied and milled all of the hardwood trim, moldings and chair rails. Innovative Wood Solutions

of Little Valley supplied the fireplace mantles. The Grand Opening of the Tamarack Club is planned for mid-January (although guests and owners will be staying with us in mid-December), and the public will be invited to tour the facility and observe the work of our local craftsmen. But don’t wait until then ... book an overnight at the Tamarack Club, have a meal at John Harvard’s Brew House or indulge in a spa treatment at Falling Waters Spa and be one of the first guests of this spectacular new property. For information or reservations call 716-699-2345.

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E’VILLE – ‘Living the Good Life,’ written by Blou, Ellicottville’s beloved rescued border collie, has just

been published by Bloudog Publishers and is available locally at Shhh! Toys in the Marketplace on Monroe Street. Rescued as a stray eight years ago, Blou has shown his gratitude in many ways. As the “spokesdog” for the Pet Emergency Fund, he has raised several thousand dollars to help provide emergency life-saving treatment for animals whose owners could not afford to pay the full cost of necessary care. As the mascot for the ‘Letters from Home’ program, he has helped collect money and various items to be included in gift boxes sent by the program to U.S. service people all over the world. As just plain Blou, he has supported Almost Home

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LITTLE VALLEY – The Little Valley Lions Club will again sponsor the Village Christmas Lighting Contest. Prizes will be awarded in many different categories; judging will take place the week of Dec. 25. So get in the Christmas spirit and go for it! The club also has “story coloring books” still available for all ages. They make great learning gifts for young folks for only $5 each. Books can be purchased at the Little Valley Memorial Library, Divine Occasions, Keith Carini’s office in Cattaraugus, or by phoning 716-3530177. The club thanks everyone for their support and wishes all “Happy Holidays!”

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SALAMANCA - The Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone to join them for a month of holiday fun during its 7th Annual Silver Bells in the City. The

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as well as three other Academy Award winning songs. A special addition to the festival this year, The Salamanca Rail Museum is inviting families to experience the magic of trains during there celebration of the museum’s 25th Anniversary. This fun and informative presentation will begin with kids and their parents meeting Conductor Stan who will talk about different types of trains, including the train featured in the movie, The Polar Express. Kids will also have the opportunity to run a model train through a miniature town and tour the railcars outside the building. They will then be invited to enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn while watching the movie, The Polar Express in the museums separate viewing area, with seating from a turnof-the-century theatre. After the movie, there will be a brief quiz about trains, with prizes for the winners and kids can explore the museum gift See TRAINS page 11

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BRADFORD, Pa. – A Broadway-style musical adaption of Charles Dickens’ popular “A Christmas Carol” will be staged on Monday, Dec. 7 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan will present the musical production at 7:30pm in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. A part of the Prism series, admission is $34 and $28 for

the public and $15 and $12 for all students. Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other characters are the focus of the 19th-century story set in London, England. Twentythree singer-actors will dress in more than a hundred Victorian–period costumes and sing Christmas carols, including “God Rest Ye’

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LESSONS LEARNED If nothing else, the real estate market of the past two years has served to point out what factors best help homes hold their value. As a general matter, homes close to cities seemed to have fared better due to shorter commutes to work. In addition, homes in the better school districts have also managed to hold their value. It also helps if there is a good mix of commercial and residential real estate. Not only do homeowners generally like to be near supermarkets and service-oriented businesses, they benefit from businesses that add significantly to the local tax base. And, as always, attractive neighborhoods with well-maintained yards, roads, and recreation areas appeal most to buyers. Location and amenities have always been key items of importance to most buyers. Whether you are thinking of selling or purchasing real estate, think of me. Contact me today at 716-474-5646. I will arrange an initial meeting to discuss your individual real estate needs and requirements. P.S. It cannot be stressed enough that all real estate is local. Market generalizations should not be allowed to overshadow the realities of local conditions.

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a e t Upon learning of Michael Militello’s combat record, Congressman Brian Higgins (right) e awarded Militello (center) with a Purple Heart, to replace the one he received that somey how got lost years ago on the battlefield. The ceremony took place Nov. 10, 2009, the s day before Veterans Day at Sonoma Grill in Snyder, NY, which Militello operates. By Nicholas Pircio WPIG 95.7 FM

Michael Militello does not like to speak about the painful memories of his life, but he opens up when you mention his long-time friends in Ellicottville. Militello experienced an incredible ordeal as a soldier in Vietnam, and then again later when he was on board an airplane hijacked to Cuba. Recently, he was presented with a Purple Heart, replacing the one he received that somehow got lost years ago amid the confusion of the battlefield

and hospital. Militello lives in Snyder, near Buffalo, where he operates Sonoma Grill. Militello tells a story of how he was ambushed and wounded while in Vietnam back in 1968, near the Cambodian border. He was shot twice, once in each calf with an AK-47, which severed his arteries. He was also accidentally shot in the thigh by an American helicopter that was responding to the ambush. Militello describes how he rolled into a rice paddy, where a grenade exploded and blinded him for about six months. “I spent the next year in various

hospitals in Vietnam, Japan, and Valley Forge General Hospital in Philadelphia,” Militello said. “During that time, they had notified my parents that I was dead.” This was corrected, “but caused a lot of anxiety at home.” Several months later, Militello got a chance to learn how to walk again, “after they decided not to take my leg off,” he noted. When he was given leave to see his grandparents in Miami, his plane was hijacked, “one of the first planes to be hijacked to Cuba,” adding, “you can see See UP CLOSE page 11

Wingate Collecting Donations for Food Bank

Wingate by Wyndham in Ellicottville is encouraging its guests and the public to donate to our local Food Bank. A holiday collection box has been set up in the lobby of The Wingate, where community members can drop off non-perishable food items 24 hours a day. The collection will continue through Christmas. Show your holiday spirit and help others in need by donating today!

Family Support Group New Year’s Eve Party

The Ellicottville Family Support Group will be hosting their 2nd annual New Year’s Eve Party on Thursday, Dec. 31 beginning at 8pm at the American Legion (back room), Maples Road in Ellicottville. The event welcomes the public to come ring in the New Year while raising much-needed funds for the Ellicottville Family Support Group at the same time! There will be a cash bar, free appetizers and entrees, and music by local DJ John Barry. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by contacting David Blanchard 474-7024, Sherman Wilkens 912-8306, or Greg Cappelli 474-7832.

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and doing jumps including a movie called “Since We Last Spoke.” They spent a year on tour promoting the movie and the sport. They also made some webisodes called “Definition.” “Making good movies that are relevant” is Josh’s goal. Film and photos is an effective way to get the word out about Telemark. In April, Josh took over as Editor at Telemark Skier Magazine. He never had much formal education when it comes to publication, but his experience with product development and as a sponsored athlete has given

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Architectural Digest A Trophy Home as Rare as a 12 Point Buck

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Whether or not this is your year to outsmart the deer of your dreams, we’ve got the home to bring ‘er home to. It lies at the crest of an

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The home was crafted four years ago of white cedar logs, combining modern comforts like plush carpeting and a Jacuzzi master bath … rustic pleasures like a timbered trophy room and cedar railed wraparound deck … and conveniences like a small room just off the front door where you can stash your muddy boots and de-bone the day’s fish catch.

like snowmobiling, four wheeling, and the like – this is a home that couldn’t fit your outdoorsman’s lifestyle better than if you’d designed it yourself. The home was crafted four years ago of white cedar logs, combining modern comforts like plush carpeting and a Jacuzzi master bath … rustic pleasures like a timbered trophy room and cedar railed wraparound deck … and conveniences like a small room just off the front door where you can stash your muddy boots and de-bone the day’s fish catch. From there you head towards the view through the kitchen’s timbered ceiling cooking center which opens up as you pass by the stool-lined breakfast bar to the soaring rooftop of a Great Room as impressive as the ones in the timberbuilt idea books. This level also provides a very large, nicely carpeted master bedroom with private Jacuzzi tub bathroom next to a hall that leads to the front door entranceway, stairways to the upper floor bedrooms and lower level trophy room, and sliding glass door access to the deck in the glass panels of which you see, perfectly framed, the dock, diving board, canoe, paddles, water toys, and mountain view to be enjoyed exclusively by the home’s owners and their friends. These friends, by the way, should they stay for the night, can choose from four perfect bedrooms, each nearly as spacious as the master bedroom downstairs. They might, however, prefer to spend their evening enjoying the camaraderie around the trophy room bar with a fire glowing in the woodstove or fire pit just outside the doors. An all purpose area adjoining the trophy room just happens to be the exact right size for a pool room, exercise room, or spare sleeping room filled

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Whether or not this is your year to outsmart the deer of your dreams, we’ve got the home to bring ‘er home to. It lies at the crest of an Otto hilltop overlooking its own little 44 acre world, and whatever your passion - deer or small game hunting, rifle or bow, cross country skiing, fishing, swimming, canoeing, or motorized fun like snowmobiling, four wheeling, and the like – this is a home that couldn’t fit your outdoorsman’s lifestyle better than if you’d designed it yourself.

with bunks. It would take a lot of friends – or hunting buddies – to fill up this home! So what can the bunch of you do when you step outside onto 44 private acres of woodlands, meadows and trails? One thing’s sure – you’d never again have to ask an owner’s permission to hunt, fish or trap. You might also want to take up a new hobby – photography. The adventures you’re about to experience might never be believed unless you shoot

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of balance, posture, core strength, spinal alignment and abdominal engagement are constantly challenged. Both cardio and resistance training can be addressed through its use in a wide variety of exercises. A fantastic piece, it’s definitely my vote! Free weights. Very versatile, mobile and space-saving, free weights are affordable and can be purchased individually. Unlike stationary weight machines, free weights allow a muscle group to be worked at more than one set angle. Buy them as you need them to make it affordable. If possible, look for one piece or “dial up” dumbbells: plates need to be re-set often, taking time and affecting your workouts’ momentum. The Stability Ball. It can be integrated into many exercises, while constantly working your abs. Very cost effective, spacesaving and mobile, prices can range from $10-$50. A 55cm Ball fits a person of average height; 65cm is for taller individuals. In addition to your standard Ball, it’s useful to also have a slightly smaller Ball for certain exercises. Flat/Incline Bench. A flat/ incline bench with an adjustable incline can enrich your workouts. However, keep it simple. Always test it out before purchasing one, as benches vary. Look for stability and strong construction: separate, thick, widely-spread legs that guarantee no shifting. As well, focus on length, width

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when the cameras show up. We look in the mirror everyday. We want our TVs to be a mirror. We want our friends to say, “I saw you on the news last night.” I’m going to try to talk about the White House party crashers for a minute without throwing up. We’ve all seen them by now. The media created them and the media now condemns them. NBC owns Bravo. NBC owned and Bravo operated cameras were filming them. The NBC Nightly News now does stories wondering how this White House breach of security could have been allowed to happen and who should be held responsible for these salivating idiots. They ask these questions with perfectly innocent straight faces. We’ve crossed a line. Soon. Very soon someone is going to get hurt because some network executive somewhere decides that as long as this stupid action is sanctioned by a network that it’s OK. What of the couple who actually made it to the President? Their publicist is now booking paid appearances. They make it sound perfectly normal that this innocent couple now has a publicist. Doesn’t everyone? Anyway, I’m going home tonight to begin construction on my own balloon. It’s going to have lights and sounds and it’s going to make an appearance over Ellicottville on Thursday night when the cameras get turned on. I want my UFO on TV and, after a convincing alien abduction story, I’m going to be famous! I might even get my own reality show. “The Real X-Files of Ellicottville.” I can’t wait for my fifteen minutes! Comments? E-mail Doug at

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Cont. from front page Hopkins, all SEQR reviews, DEC and DOC reviews and studies have taken place over the past 2.5 years at a cost to HoliMont of over $400,000. HoliMont initially agreed to pay $550,000 to the Village of Ellicottville sewer system over a five-year period based on 225 homes and condos that would ‘tap in’ to the Ellicottville district lines. Importantly to village and town of Ellicottville constituents, there would be zero tax dollar cost to any Ellicottville resident. In fact, GM Dave Riley said that Ellicottville would be ‘making money’ off of the project. A concern to Mayor Coolidge and the Village Board members is that the village sewer system will soon be in need of a nitrification update which will cost upwards of $1.3 million. He is currently looking into grants and funding for the project, however, the $550,000 proposed by HoliMont for the 225 units would greatly help to offset the costs. The Town Board, in their last meeting, decided that they could not agree on 225 units for HoliMont

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shop, which includes model trains, train sets, train-related books and movies for kids and such unique items as a wooden whistle that replicates the sound of a steam locomotive. The museum also boasts plenty of exhibits that will be of interest to adults, including a sampling of handpainted acrylic images of classic trains and railroad architecture by Stan Carlson, which are on display in the main waiting room. “A Celebration of Trains” will take place on the following Saturdays at 2pm:


Cont. from page 6 can expand in the future with other large-scale Christmas productions like the Nutcracker as well. The musical version of Dickens’ 1843 novel has been performed by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan for more than three decades in over 60 cities.

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why this has to be a short story!” His hijacking experience came in December of 1968, just a few days after Militello learned how to walk on crutches. Militello spent his first day back from the hijacking with Kevin Kell, with whom he’s developed a lifelong friendship and business relationship. Militello fondly remembers meeting his friend Kevin Kell, who now owns Madigan’s. Kevin was just fresh from Vietnam at the time and “kind of mentored me.” Militello had not yet left for his service in Vietnam. After Militello returned home, he went into business with Kell to open up Mulligan’s Brick


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but would agree upon 174 units, if proposed. HoliMont attorney Hopkins said that this would reduce the amount of money to the Village by approximately $125,000, down to around $425,000. HoliMont has argued that they are not even sure that the additional 51 units would ever be built over the 20-year agreement period, but some Town Board members weren’t willing to take the chance. Town Engineer Mark Alianello stated that the Village waste water treatment plant has the capacity to handle another 2,200 homes that could be built. Several Village Board members expressed their “disappointment” in the Town’s vote last week to reduce the number of units, which in turn reduces the amount of money the Village would get for the sewer system. In the contract, HoliMont has twenty years to complete the build-out, after which time any units remaining will not be allowed by the Village. There was discussion that the draft agreement needed to be “cleaned up” as there were some points that needed better clarification. Mayor Coolidge suggested to have all three lawyers from the Village, Town and HoliMont meet to rewrite

a few sections of the proposed draft agreement between the Town of Mansfield and Ellicottville to be presented at the respective Ellicottville Town and Village Board meeting in two weeks. Hopkins expressed concern that he would like to see a resolution before the end of the year, as new board members that are unfamiliar with the project may be present in either board, further delaying the commencement of the Canfield expansion. Village Board member Patra Lowes expressed concern that an agreement regarding who was to be in control of emergency services in the new project hadn’t been put in place. Board members from both sides will be voting in the upcoming weeks whether to go forward with the 174-unit project. Mayor Coolidge information for HoliMont Sewer Hookup: $425,332.56 over a 5-year period. 174 hookups @$1,750 per hookup = $304,500.00, $20,255.34 per quarter, 174 units per year = $81,021.36. Mansfield sewer rate per quarter = $116.41 minimum, Village sewer rate per quarter = $66.52 minimum, Town sewer rate per quarter = $57.44 minimum.

Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated and will go toward the construction of a new exhibit that faithfully reproduces what Salamanca looked like when it was a major train hub during the 1800’s. This year’s festivities ramp up with Light Up the City on Friday, December 4 at 6pm at Jefferson Street Park on Broad Street. Mayor Jeffrey Pond’s proclamation will kick off the start of the holiday season as the whole park comes to life. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served while the community choir sings Christmas carols. There will also be two Christmas performances at

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Area schoolchildren will also have a chance to watch “A Christmas Carol” at 9:30am Monday, Dec. 7 in the Bromeley Family Theater as part of the Kaleidoscope school matinee series, formerly called New Horizons. A shuttle will take patrons from the Commons to the theater before curtain time. Tickets are available by calling the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at 814-362-5113

from 11:30am-5pm Monday through Friday. Reservations for the dinner may be made by calling the same number. A pre-show dinner featuring salad, sliced beef, roasted fingerling potatoes, carrots vichy, Yorkshire pudding and figgy pudding will be served in the KOA Dining Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons for $20. For more information on the show, visit www.

Bar in Buffalo. “So I ended up going to Ellicottville two or three days a week for fifteen or twenty years. Ellicottville has a very warm spot in my heart,” mentally allowing him to make the transition back to civilian life. “The locals were so warm and friendly they (figuratively speaking) gave me my legs back.” Militello worked with Kell to install the first football field lights at Ellicottville Central School some time around 1978. Militello learned to ski as part of his rehabilitation, and he still skis today. “The town of Ellicottville is very important to my past. And I appreciate the people who are there very much, whether they knew it or not.” Militello has also worked with Brian McFadden at the Chamber of Commerce through the I Love New York campaign

to promote local tourism. As for his continuing therapy, Militello still has to elevate his legs three hours a day “in order to maintain a good healthy lifestyle.” He has three children and one granddaughter. His family was present for the Purple Heart presentation ceremony Nov. 10 at the Sonoma Grill in Snyder, which he owns. In all, Militello was awarded seven medals, including the NYS Distinguished Service Medal, not listed originally. Congressman Brian Higgins learned about Militello’s combat record from former Erie County Sheriff Tom Higgins. The Congressman did not know all the particulars, despite having known Militello “for twenty years.” This led to the awarding of all the medals to which Militello is entitled.

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To solve a Sudoku puzzle, place a number into each box so that each row across, each column down, and each small 9-box square within the larger diagram (there are 9 of these) will contain every number from 1 through 9. In other words, no number will appear more than once in any row, column, or smaller 9-box square. Working with the numbers already given as a guide, complete each diagram with the missing numbers that will lead to the correct solution. Good luck!

Last Week’s Puzzle:

3 9 4 8 1 7 6 5 2

8 7 6 2 5 3 1 9 4

1 2 5 6 4 9 3 8 7

2 4 3 7 8 1 5 6 9

7 8 9 5 3 6 4 2 1

5 6 1 4 9 2 7 3 8

6 1 7 3 2 8 9 4 5

4 3 2 9 7 5 8 1 6

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Vacation Rentals: Plan your next getaway, wedding, reunion, golf or ski vacation with ERA Vacation Properties. Visit our website at for virtual tours of our properties, or call 716-699-4800. Commercial Space For Rent: 42 Mill Street, Ellicottville, NY. 900 sq. ft. Ample parking. Please call 716-699-4516. Lease terms. New Home Ski Season Rental: Available Dec. 20th-May 20th. Minutes to Holiday Valley. Western on Spanish architecture. Too much to list! Pets & smoking okay. $8,000. Call Jimmy for appointment, 716-307-3077. Guest House, Cabins & Cottage Rentals: 4-BR furnished house sleeps 8-10, 2.5 baths, fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, washer/dryer. Furnished cottages & cabins. 8 miles from ski resorts. For Sale: 2008 Chariot Eagle park model, loft, completely furnished, porch, winter package, vinyl, sleeps 6-8. Set up on your site or ours. Call for details 716-938-6136 or For Rent In Little Valley: 2-BR lower, with stove, w/d hookups, w/w carpet, newly renovated. Non-smoker, no pets. It’s a must see. 716-244-7430. Attention Ski Instructors - FOR RENT: 1-BR, 1 bath with kitchen & dining area, gas & electric included, private parking space, $450 monthly. Call 216-401-7060 or e-mail Attention Ski Instructors - FOR RENT: 1-BR efficiency, 1 bath, gas & electric included, private parking space, $375 monthly. Call 216-401-7060 or e-mail


The Villager Classified Ads: Rate: $8.00 per week (30 words or less - $0.10 each additional word over 30). Send your ad, along with payment, to: The Villager, PO Box 178, Ellicottville, NY 14731 or stop by our office at 39 Mill Street. Deadline: each Monday at 4pm. Furniture Repaired, Refinished Or Replicated: New Solid Cherry Adirondack Chairs For Sale! FIVE POINTS, 716-938-6315. Visit Interior Finishing By Tom Clauss: Painting, plastering, remodeling, repairs, restoration work, electrical, plumbing & more. PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SPECIAL: DISCOUNTED PRICES! Free estimates. Call today! 716-949-9155. PERKS CONSTRUCTION: General contracting & remodeling, including drywall, painting, flooring, tilework, stonework, finish work, siding, electrical, plumbing & more. Your local carpenters with over 30 years experience! Insured, many references. Call Jeff Perks at 716244-3559 or Josh Perks at 716-969-5115. Caretaker Services For Your Home: House & pet sitting available for your home or condo in & around Ellicottville. Reliable & dependable, references available, reasonable rates. Contact Ian at 716-801-1915. Board Your Pet: At East Otto Country Kennel. Over 10 years of quality pet care. Clean & comfortable with covered outdoor patio, playtime 3 times a day. Grooming available. 716-5924011 or Woodcrest Pet Spa and Kennel: Treat your pet to the SPA experience at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Salamanca. OR maybe they need a vacation. Take a tour of our Kennel on Sawmill Run in Little Valley, at or call SPA 716-945-2700, KENNEL 716-945-5799.


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ATOMIC ETL Snowblades: Blue, 48” long. Purchased new in Jan. 2006 for $325. Used twice - asking $200. Also, ROXY Snowboarding Pants: Ladies small, khaki, worn twice. Paid $90 - asking $50. Call Peggy at 716-307-0929. SNOWMOBILE FOR SALE: 2007 Yamaha Phazer, 4-stroke. Excellent condition, excellent on gas. $4,700. Call Josh at 716-969-5115.

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Notice is hereby given that a license, number pending, for liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a restaurant under the alcoholic beverage control law at 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County for on premises consumption. Boston Culinary Group Inc., John Harvard’s Brew House Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville NY 14731 BottomLine of WNY, LLC: Notice of formation of the above Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 10/20/2009. Office location County of Cattaraugus. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: The LLC, 644 Grandview Avenue, Olean, NY 14760. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of B.P. Liquidation, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/27/09. Office location: Cattaraugus County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Peters & Ploetz, Attn: Ross A. Peters, Esq., 1 Washington St., PO Box 682, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF SUBSTANCE OF ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION: On October 15, 2009, SCOTT LAND SERVICES, LLC filed with the NYS Department of State its Articles of Organization. The office to be located in Cattaraugus County. The NY Secretary of State is designated as agent for service of process. The mailing address for the LLC is 918 Griffin Street, Olean, NY 14760. The purpose of the business is to engage in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law. NOTICE OF SUBSTANCE OF ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION: On October 23, 2009, MARSH HOLDINGS, LLC filed with the NYS Department of State its Articles of Organization. The office to be located in Cattaraugus County. The NY Secretary of State is designated as agent for service of process. The mailing address for the LLC is PO Box 232, Eldred, PA 16731. The purpose of the business is to engage in any lawful activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law. Notice of Formation of Birch Run Golf Club LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/26/09. Office location: Cattaraugus County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Peters & Ploetz, Attn: Ross A. Peters, Esq., 1 Washington St., PO Box 682, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of K Club, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 10/26/09. Office location: Cattaraugus County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Peters & Ploetz, Attn: Ross A. Peters, Esq., 1 Washington St., PO Box 682, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Purpose: any lawful activity. ABSOLUTE BEER CO. LLC: Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/4/09. Office in Cattaraugus Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Joe Bartholomew, 3398 Buffalo Rd., Allegany, NY 14706. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of WINERY OF ELLICOTTVILLE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/13/09. Office location: Cattaraugus County. Princ. office of LLC: 14 Monroe St., Ellicottville, NY 14731. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Joseph A. Collins, 4255 Clark St., Hamburg, NY 14075. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FILING OF SMOKER’S BEST GROUP, LLC: Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/18/2009. Office location: Cattaraugus County. Principal Business Location: 35 South Avenue, Salamanca, NY 14779. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which process shall be mailed is c/o C T Corporation System, 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. C T Corporation System, 111 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, is to be the agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. Purpose: Any lawful business not statutorily prohibited.

WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL: January 8-10, 2010 ~ Ellicottville


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Do Pe n’t rfe for ct ge BLINKING LIGHTS. JINGLE BELLS. for t o ev ur g LOTS OF GREEN. WHAT ELSE COULD ery if on t ce e o rtifi YOU WANT THIS HOLIDAY? n y ca ou tes r li . st! ‘Tis the season to celebrate with an unforgettable getaway to Seneca Allegany Casino. • Stay and play at our AAA Four Diamond Hotel where you can enjoy breathtaking views from 212 deluxe rooms and suites. • Watch your stress melt away inside The Spa at Seneca Allegany Casino. We offer a full menu of world-class treatments, sauna, steam room and whirlpool to restore your spirit. • If visions of sugarplums are making you hungry, enjoy the delicious dishes waiting for you inside our award-winning restaurants—The Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse, Patria and Thunder Mountain Buffet. • No Yuletide would be complete without the blinking lights and jingle bells of more than 2,200 of today’s hottest slots. You can even try your luck on your favorite live table games. Your winter wonderland is just a short drive away. Make your reservations today at Seneca Allegany Casino and unwrap the happiest holiday ever.

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Christmas in Ellicottville 2009

The Holiday Season Kicked Off Last Weekend with Free Activities for Families to Enjoy

Photos/Gary Kinn

Happy 28th Anniversary Madigan’s!

Friends Gathered Last Saturday to Celebrate with Kevin, Grace, Connor, Shane and the Gang

Photos/Gary Kinn/Shanell Kiersz

Ellicottville’s Weekly Newspaper Online:

The Villager-Ellicottville: Dec. 3-9, 2009  

Dec. 3-9, 2009

The Villager-Ellicottville: Dec. 3-9, 2009  

Dec. 3-9, 2009