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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: SPENCER MURRAY .......PAGE 5 April 13 - 19, 2017

Volume 12 ~ Issue 16

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WestMont Ridge

Music Notes

A Look at the Development Five Years Later

5 E. Washington St. ~ 699-1226 NICK KODY

Saturday, April 15th, 8PM

7 Monroe Street ~ 699-2199 TUI OSBORNE

Friday, April 21st, 6PM

36 Washington St. ~ 699-4455 DJ NELZ & DJ SWIFT Fri. Apr. 14th & Sat. Apr. 15th, 10PM

20 Monroe Street ~ 699-4162 ONLY HUMAN

Friday, April 14th, 7PM

After five years there is only one home completed at WestMont Ridge.

Story and Photo By John Thomas; Staff Writer

It is a great idea, a major expansion of the premier private ski club in the country. About six years ago HoliMont announced the development of WestMont Ridge. Among the sales


points were custom homes at slopeside, a new condo development, new runs, two new lifts, a terrain park and a spectacular new day lodge at the bottom of the Sunset run. All this in a four-season resort with plenty of summer activities. The project was to be completed in a series of phases. Thirty-one lots were put up for auction for phase one. All but eleven of them sold. It was anticipated Phase One would be complete in five years, and phase two would begin immediately after. The auction generated a lot of excitement; some people bought more than one lot. But five years later, there is only one completed home in WestMont Ridge. Several of the purchased lots are up for re-sale. In trying to find out why the development seems stalled, The Villager talked to real estate agents, and contractors, some of whom asked not to be identified. One of the people willing to speak on record was Greg Culver, Retail, Rental and Marketing for HoliMont. See “UPDATE” Page 7

2017 Tree City USA

Saturday, April 15th, 6PM

Village Board Welcomes Spencer Murry as Trustee

2016/17 Ski Season Recap

50” More than Average Snowfall; 116 Days of Skiing & Riding

The season wouldn’t have been as prosperous if it hadn’t been for the technology of snowmaking. And the enthusiasm the snowmakers have is over the top.

By Chad Neal

Another ski season has passed in Ellicottville. This little resort town enjoyed another successful run. The amount of ski days at Holiday Valley surpassed last years by over two weeks. The weather was testy, but the temperatures allowed the snowmakers at both resorts to make “piles for miles” early in the season and the Snowcat drivers smoothed them out to make thick bases for the


Thursday, April 13th, 8PM 2 GUYS DRINKING BEER Friday, April 14th, 9PM


Saturday, April 15th, 9PM WAGNER & WINSTON

Wednesday, April 19th, 8PM

Ellicottville has been officially a Tree City USA for 36 years, and Mr. Lowry stated the Village is the third oldest TreeCity in the state.

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

Up Close & Personal:... Page 5

Newly Elected Village Board Trustee: Spencer Murray

By Chad Neal Ellicottville has changed a lot in the recent past and more change is foreseen in the future for this quaint little resort town. As new people come to be a part of this growing area, change and growth come along with them. A newcomer to Ellicottville, Spencer Murray has been living here for over a year and a half and falling more and more in love with it everyday. Recently Murray has been elected to Village Board as a Trustee. The Mayor John Burrell welcomes Villager caught up with the Spencer Murray to the Village young up and comer and got to Board of Trustees. know him a little more.....

E’Ville Merchants Team Up... Page 2 Merchants Team Up for an Egg-cellent Event

Several stores downtown in Ellicottville, NY have joined forces this year for the Ellicottville Egg-stravaganza. Each store has a basket of plastic Easter eggs. Inside each egg there are prizes and discounts. Exact prizes vary at each location but everything from candy to 30% off discounts are reported to be inside the eggs. That combined with any end of winter sales it’s a great time to be a shopper in this great Western New York village. “Last year I did this as a promotion in my....

As he likes to be the bearer of good news, Village Mayor John Burrell started the meeting of the Board of Trustees with announcing two checks the Village has received. The first was from the county for $17,743.17 for returned Village taxes. The second check for $12,649.49 was from Time Warner (now Spectrum). The water leak at Fitzpatrick and Weller has been fixed at their expense. DPW Superintendent Harold Morton said the leak could account for up to 40% of the Village’s water use. The Mayor took a moment to welcome Spencer Murray to See “BOARD” Page 7

See “RECAP” Page 7

An Arbor Day Celebration April 28 at Nannen Arboretum in Ellicottville, NY

Story and photo By John Thomas, Staff Writer

20 Washington Street ~ 699-2530

powder days that followed, bringing happy visitors, new and seasoned to Ellicottville. The Christmas season was a bit on the green side, but the snowmakers proved their skills and the slopes were painted white on the hills, and could be seen as you come into town. Every weekend was busy at the resorts and in the village. Jane Eshbaugh Director of Marketing at Holiday Valley sent the Villager an

The Nannen Arboretum is hosting an Arbor Day Celebration at the Town Center Auditorium. Speakers Dave Paradowski and Wayne Kurlish will discuss invasive species and climate change. And they will present the Volunteer of the Year Award. Refreshments will be available. Please RSVP to Maggie Smith @

Village Board Controversy Mayor & Trustee Clash over PB Appointment

Taste of the Southtowns

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary Fundraiser

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer The usual decorum of the Village Board of Trustees was broken on Monday night at the annual Organizational Meeting of the board. The meeting sets the official appointment, titles, and functions of the Village for the year. In general, this is usually a pro forma duty with little disagreement, but this meeting was marked by some strong disputes. The meeting began with the Mayor submitting the list of appointments he was making for various village positions. The first appointment was for Deputy Mayor, currently held by Greg Cappelli. Mr. Cappelli threatened to take “unspecified actions” if the Mayor continued with a nomination they had discussed earlier in the day. Instead of offering the slate of appointments as a whole; Mayor Burrell then went down the list of nominees one at a time. Most of the appointments were for incumbents except for Deputy Clerk, and Deputy Treasurer. There is no one currently serving in those positions and they will remain unfilled. The contract for Village Planner will expire at the end of the fiscal year, when a new contract will be negotiated. Mayor Burrell said if the Town and Village create a joint Public Works Director, it may not be necessary to retain a Village Engineer. The title of Village Engineer was changed to Acting Village Engineer until the new position is See “MEETING” Page 9

All proceeds benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, a 501c3 organization, and the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the US with over 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans and over 70 different species.

Taste of the Southtowns, Sunday April 23 from 11:305pm 7 restaurants will be serving up great food for a great cause at St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin Street in Springville. The restaurants will be serving up some of their specialties including, prime rib, salmon, beef tenderloin, crab cakes, been on weck, pulled pork, tacos, soups, peanut butter pie, apple pie, brownies and more! Food items are from $1 to $4.  There will also be a Silent Auction, 50 basket Chinese Auction and 2 live bands: “The Rustic Ramblers” and “Wagner & Winston”.  For info call 716-942-6835. For more information on this event please visit http://www.

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Publisher’s Word “Bloomin’ Beautiful”




Spectacular contemporary Chalet with panoramic Holiday Valley View!! Ultimate Winter or Summer retreat!! MLS#B10229066…$425,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

Just before the arboretum you will find this new build. Stunning 4/2.5 walking dist. to dinning, shopping & nightlife. 1.2 miles to the ski slopes! Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Perfect for year round or ski families, almost 2 acres, 5 true bedrooms, 4 bath, gas fireplace, separate studio plus barn, huge deck and yard. MLS#B505616…$449,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




Over 5000 sf of custom log home in E’ville’s most prestigious location, 5 BR/ 4.5 BA is the quintessential ski lodge for the discriminating buyer. MLS#1006259…$1,385,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

This 4/4 chalet features the finest finishings. Full kitchen on both levels, the perfect investment property with great rental history! MLS#B494594…$789,900 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

5.1 acres of serenity just waiting to have the perfect chalet built. Quick drive to slopes or town. Located near great hiking! MLS#B496758…$109,900 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




Owner will look at offers on this 12-acre parcel just up the hill from HoliMont & Ellicottville, a perfect blend of open & wooded. MLS#B481716…$59,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Astounding views from this 3+ BR/ 2 BA immaculate chalet with new heated barn on 12 landscaped acres for 4 season vacationing! MLS#B502562…$435,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

6/3 chalet sits across from HM feat. slope views. Desired open layout with the 1 grand rm feat. living/ dining/kitchen. Fully furnished! MLS#B1012236…$320,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234





The Best Buy @ HoliMont! This family size chalet is move in ready and in the middle of the action! MLS#B463590…$355,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

HoliMont area home offers 1600 sf, 3 BR, 2 BA, huge great room w FP, creek side setting, and a 2 minute walk to the Meadow chairlift! MLS#B497187…$229,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




Like new 3/2 on 6 acres! Open kitchen/living/dining area is ideal for entertaining. Move in ready with nat. gas! MLS#B475637…$248,750 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

An affordable ski home alternative just minutes from Ellicottville, with open floor plan, gas fireplace, being offered almost completely turnkey. MLS#B1029757…$75,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Where else can you get slope access with amenities like pool, spa, parking, restaurant? MLS#B454193…$90,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




This 3 BR/ 2.5 BA chalet offers walk to the slope convenience without the hefty price tag, meticulously maintained. MLS#B505920…$385,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Completely remodeled home sits on 2.33 acres. Amish made cabinets in kitchen, 1st floor laundry & beautifully landscaped outdoors. MLS#B507716…$199,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




Slope views in this stunning 5 BR/ 3.5 BA chalet – professionally decorated on 5 acres with pond, with Finger Lakes trail above! MLS#B1016839…$529,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Ditch the fixer upper & check out this chic country escape. 10 min. to EVL; ideal for primary or secondary use. Do not miss out! MLS#B507625…$219,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Be a part of this new project from the ground up! Located off Poverty Hill (near the old Concord Club) you will find this 5 acre parcel! MLS#B1029481…$369,999 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

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Melanie Pritchard Associate Broker

Amy DeTine

Associate Broker

Rachael Wiley-Steffen

Director of Marketing & Vacation Rental Management

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Donations Needed - Collections From This Week

Please donate your deposit paid cans, bottles and plastic containers to help Ellicottville Public Charities support The Ellicottville Food Pantry and others from Cattaraugus County. Just call Sherman 716-912-8306 or drop them off at 21 Madison Street in Ellicottville. Collected this week 1,193 - Year to date 18,751

E’Ville Tree City

Arbor Day Foundation Names Ellicottville Tree City USA

Ellicottville, NY was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Ellicottville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a treecare ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. “Tree City USA communities

see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand.” Said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.” Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce

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home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. More information on the program is available at About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at

EFD Easter Egg Hunt On Saturday April 15th at the Village Park at 1:00 Kids should be there 15 minutes ahead. If the weather is bad we will move it to the Fire Hall.

Recently updated 3br 2.5 bath unit with covered BBQ\hot tub deck. Low Utilities and no HOA fees!! MLS#B1031401…$265,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

E’Ville Merchants Team Up Merchants Team Up for an Egg-cellent Event

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I know many like myself are following suit by performing lawn and garden tasks, putting away the last remnants of the ski season, and tuning up their mountain bikes. It’s also a very good time to take a few golf lessons, which might save you some aggravation later this summer. So, dear readers, its time to take care of your serious business so you can partake in all Ellicottville has to offer during the lazy days of summer. So – get crackin’! Until next week… JZ-C

Ellicottville Food Pantry

The only 6/3 chalet that overlooks HV & the village. Open layout perfect for family gatherings, join this 4-season community today! MLS#B493172…$788,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234


Generally, it’s going to be a quiet weekend. And you know what? That’s okay by me! It gives me (and everyone

else) a chance to catch up on things we should’ve finished already, or a head start on things you’ll need to get done so you can enjoy all the fun stuff later this season. That’s the best part of late April/early May – it’s “shoulder” time, a time “in between”. I’ve been taking advantage of this early slack period by spending considerable time at home, stowing away cold weather gear, opening up the windows to let some fresh air in, and other traditional “spring cleaning” chores.

Several stores downtown in Ellicottville, NY have joined forces this year for the Ellicottville Eggstravaganza. Each store has a basket of plastic Easter eggs. Inside each egg there are prizes and discounts. Exact prizes vary at each location but everything from candy to 30% off discounts

are reported to be inside the eggs. That combined with any end of winter sales it’s a great time to be a shopper in this great Western New York village. “Last year I did this as a promotion in my boutique and people loved it. This year I asked around to see if anyone else wanted to

join the fun. We want to give people a fun experience when they day trip to Ellicottville this season. Just because the ski lifts have stopped doesn’t mean we all go into hibernation. The golf season has started, the food, wine & beer are still amazing and we merchants have made room for all the great Spring styles & gifts.” says Jessica Gilbert, owner of Ava Grace Fashions. The Ellicottville Eggstravaganza is happening now and ends on Saturday April 15th. The list of participating locations is available at bit. ly/evlegghunt. At this time you can hunt for eggs & deals at Daff, Kazoo II, Adventure Bound, The Purple Doorknob, Ava Grace Fashions, Katy’s Café, Alexandra, Gado-Gado, The Gin Mill Mercantile and Ameri-Can.

Beginner Ladies Golf Clinics : May 10th, 2017 : Holiday Valley Resort

M&T Bank Sponsors Festival Bank Returns as Summer Music Festival Sponsor

Ellicottville, NY – Once again, M&T Bank has stepped up to be a co-sponsor of the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival. The longstanding partnership between M&T and the Ellicottville

Chamber of Commerce is one of the things that allows the Chamber to offer special ticket pricing for the annual Locals Day ticket promotion, to be held May 17 through 19 this year. This

year’s concerts will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic performing music of some of the best-loved pirates and princess themes, as well as the annual fireworks show on July 1. The weekend will wrap up with former April Wine and Guess Who front man, Carl Dixon opening for the American Band, Grand Funk Railroad, not to mention so many other great things taking place in the village all weekend. For a schedule and to purchase tickets, go to Presenting the sponsorship check to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Brian McFadden is Assistant Vice President and Ellicottville Branch Manager, Christina Smith.

CCAC Cultural Awards

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Celebrating the Wealth of Regional Talent

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Friends of the arts came together to support the y Cattaraugus County Arts r Council (CCAC) and a celebrate the arts and cultural t award winners at the third n annual Celebration of the Arts n Party Saturday evening, April , 1st at the Bartlett Country . Club. e CCAC President Ira Katzenstein announced that the arts and cultural award for lifetime achievement would be known, going forward, as the Thomas Barnes Lifetime Achievement award. This recognizes the important contribution to the arts in this region made by former CCAC President, Thomas Barnes, through his participation in the founding of the Arts Council and his longtime presidency of the organization. Photographer and woodworker Bobby Sader not only received the Emerging Talent award, but also had a beautiful, multi-species wood cheeseboard in the silent auction which was hotly contested for throughout the course of the evening. Volunteer of the Year Betsy Cashing, well known to many from her volunteer work with the Southern Tier Symphony,

accepted on behalf of all volunteers in the community. She said we are all volunteers and contribute to making our region a wonderful place to call home. Distinguished Artist of the Year Debra Eck, a paper and fiber artist from Jamestown accepted her award and thanked her husband Glenn for working so many hours which allows her the freedom to do her art. She thanked him for letting her leave art materials on the table, on the floor, on the bed, on the chairs and for asking before he took anything from the refrigerator in case it was something for her art. Supporter of the Arts & Cultural Sector Peg Bothner recognized the wonderful sense of community and many special friendships that being creative has given her throughout her many years living in this community. Don Sandy of The American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation accepted the Regrant Program of the Year award and thanked CCAC for recognizing the folk arts as an art form as worthy of recognition as traditional fine arts. He emphasized how this

type of support is vital to keep those traditions alive. Finalists for the Thomas Barnes Lifetime Achievement award were Marcia Gallineaux-Hubert, the Studio Director of Dance Arts in Olean; Larry Griffis Jr. was nominated posthumously and was a sculptor and founder of Griffis Sculpture Park in Cattaraugus County; and fine artist Carson Waterman of the Seneca Nation of Indians, who was chosen by the committee to receive the Lifetime Achievement award. Upon receiving the award, Waterman spoke of how his community, the Seneca Nation, was torn apart by the Kinzua Dam project. That was something that was out of his control, but his art was something he could control. He emphasized how through his art he could share his Seneca heritage with his children, grandchildren and the Seneca community, passing that knowledge on. All of the award winners and finalists received New York State Senate proclamations from Senator Catherine Young in recognition of their work. This event was generously sponsored by Eric and Marianne Laine, Fox Financial, St. Bonaventure University, Seneca Gaming Corporation, Seneca Nation of Indians, Wilday Group at Morgan Stanley, Jamestown Community College and Worth W. Smith Hardware. CCAC is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts in the Southern Tier. Located in Allegany, New York, CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Cattaraugus County, members and donors. For more information on CCAC or for information on art classes, see

FOOD, FUN & FAMILY Always a VIP @ Finnerty’s Easter Brunch • April 16th Open 10am to 3pm Featuring Items for our new Brunch Menu!


Saturday, Apr. 15th • 8-11PM

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New brunch menu on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10am till 3pm. •••••••••••••••••••••

• Lenten Fish Fry Friday! • • Fish Fry Fridays •

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Allegheny River Valley ARVAS Presents its Aquarium/Tropical

Fish Show for 2017 at the Olean Public Library from Monday, April 24th through Saturday April 29th. The show is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. This show is not the average one day fish show with just a fish in a bowl or tank. There will be drum bowls to 30 gallon tanks with live fish or aquatic critters and they will all be decorated and have back grounds. This show is unique, educational, enjoyed by both children

and adults, and it lasts for 6 days, Monday through Saturday. On display will be all natural tanks with real aquatic plants, tanks with creative novelty themes, tanks like you often seen in homes (with colored gravel, colored lights, plastic plants, decorations and ornaments), and tanks with aquatic critters like turtles, frogs, etc. Viewers have an opportunity to vote for their favorite tank. There will also be literature available

on the fish keeping hobby, on ARVAS (our club) and business cards from area fish stores.       Library statistics show that over 4,000 people visit the Olean Library during the week of our show.  Besides the regular library clientele, our show brings in a lot more people, young and old, family and friends.  Library show hours are Mon. through Thurs. 9 AM to 9 PM,  Fri-9 AM to 6 PM,  and  Sat10 AM to 2 PM.

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Architectural Spotlight of Ellicottville The Grandeur of Ellicottville!

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Built in 1845 by Theodore Smith, a banker & land agent, this 6200+ sq ft home is the grandest example of Greek Revival architecture in the Village of Ellicottville. Unusual for its brick construction, this home boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half baths including a caretakers suite. Five working wood-burning fireplaces. Private outside patio overlooks creek in back. Spacious formal living room, grand dining room, magnificent kitchen featuring granite topped island & cherry floors. Ski room entry off of your three-car attached garage. Easy walk to village shops & restaurants. Everything you could want from the Ellicottville lifestyle! Call or e-mail Cathleen Pritchard, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with ERA Team VP Real Estate today! For more information; (716) 983-4234, or visit our website Do not forget to find us on Facebook!

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Up Close & Personal:

Tina Dillon

By Chad Neal Ellicottville has changed a lot in the recent past and more change is foreseen in the future for this quaint little resort town. As new people come to be a part of this growing area, change and growth come along with them. A newcomer to Ellicottville, Spencer Murray has been living here for over a year and a half and falling more and more in love with it everyday. Recently Murray has been elected to Village Board as a Trustee. The Villager caught up with the young up and comer and got to know him a little more to share with our readers. Murray told the Villager that he was raised in Williamsville and attended Williamsville South High School and went on to college in New Hampshire at Franklin Pierce University where he received his Bachelor of Science in American History, with and Advertising Minor. He was captain of his Division II lacrosse team his Junior and Senior years, and he was also the sports broadcaster for his school his last two years.

His first job after college was at a Six Flags in Springfield, MA where he was an intern. He ran Johnny Rockets restaurant and managed the international students. After that summer, Murray returned to Williamsville and became the assistant restaurant manager at The Original Pancake House on Main St. “I started as dishwasher when I was 15 and worked my way up.” Murray told the Villager. Murray’s next fated step was to meet “Mr. Nick Pitillo.” Murray said that through a best friend’s step dad, he was given Pitillo’s business card and promptly sent out an email. Pitillo got him a job at the Seneca Niagara Casino as the Buffet Shift Manager. “At one point I was the room manager at their Asian Fine Dining restaurant Koi. I also became a super user for a computer labor management and scheduling program for the entire casino.”, Murray stated. After two years at Seneca Niagara Casino Murray moved to Rhode Island and worked at one of the largest casinos in the world, Foxwoods Casino as the Assistant Buffet Manager. He then went on to become General Manager of Restaurants at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, RI. “I managed three restaurants, two bars, a Starbucks and room service. After doing that job for a year, I became General Manager of an Oysters & Sushi Bar called TwoTen Oyster Bar and Grill. After three years in Rhode Island it was time to come home, and I knew Nick was my first call.”, Murray recalled. Murray told the Villager that he and Nick Pitillo always stayed in touch and worked very well together. He knew Pitillo was in the process of starting the Villaggio in Ellicottville and

Pitillo invited him to join. “We both have what we like to call the ‘Hospitality Gene’ and we just are on the same page, most of the time”, he said with a laugh. Murray mentioned and went on to say, “As soon as I moved to Ellciottville, I knew this place was for me. The people, vibe and beauty of Ellicottville took me by storm. Everyone and everything made me feel as if I had found my home.” Murray has become a fixture to the local scene. As Villaggio gained popularity and has become a local hub for many events and get-togethers, Murray is making sure all are taken care of. He recently realized he could be more involved in the community because a position opened on the Village Board, so he decided to run for Trustee and he won a seat, elected by the voters. “I wanted to get involved in politics to continue to try and make a difference in a community. I live my life by the motto of people helping people and what better way to take on the task of public service. Be for the people, and make smart educated decisions to help everyone. I love being involved and helping in anything I can. Many people helped me with the election. There was a lot of support that I am grateful for and humbled by”, he explained. Murray’s plans with his new position in the Ellicottville spectrum are to listen first then to brainstorm aloud with his colleagues on the board. “What I plan to do is be a sponge of knowledge, listen, learn and help in any way I can. I know there is plenty of learning to do and I accept the challenge. I hope to bring some good energy to the board and help be a part of progress and tradition all in the same,” Murray concluded.

Before Kindergarden Program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program – You are your child’s first teacher and they are never too young to start! The Library is starting an exciting new program to help families with children that have not yet entered kindergarten. To participate a parent or caregiver commits to reading 1,000 books to their child before they enter kindergarten. Visit the Library to register and receive your “Read to Me” bag with instructions and tally sheets.

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Build your next home nestled in the woods, 5+ acres just N of Village.

Scenic view of the Village Park from this furn. 3 bdrm, 1 ba TH w/ fp, deck.


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Build 1 or 2 homes on this 6+ ac that Move out to the country and enjoy this overlooks Sunset & Westmont slopes. 2 bdrm, 1 ba w/ fp, deck, garage.


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ages. Please bring garden gloves, safety vests (orange/ reflective type), branch trimmers, rakes, and trash grabbers I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to celebrate and enhance New York’s state parks, historic sites and public lands and bring visibility to the entire state park system and its needs. Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites. Volunteers will celebrate New York’s state park system by:

Trimming brush and cleaning up the Red House bike path.
Litter pick up at the Red House & Beehunter picnic & Beach areas.
Stick/ branch pick up in public areas and campgrounds.
Fire pit rebuilding at the Red House campgrounds and cabin loops.
Hiking Trail litter clean up.
Lake Front litter clean up.
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Olean Business Development sets talk, “Family Business: The World’s Dominant Business Ownership Structure,” for 4pm May 1. Family owned businesses are a key component of any economy. Understanding the uniqueness of such firms is critical to success. Dr. Carol Wittmeyer is to slated present “Family Business: The World’s Dominant Business Ownership Structure” at 4 p.m., May 1, in Olean Business Development’s Carney Lecture Hall. During her talk Wittmeyer

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and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). Friends groups and park staff will oversee cleanup, improvement and beautification projects and work with volunteers. New York State is a leader in parks and conservation because of a long history of stewardship and generosity of private citizens. Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to

keep parks beautiful, clean, and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy. Volunteer participation in a cleanup day will help enhance these important places during lean budget times and show elected leaders that there is strong public support for our park system. This event will be sponsored in part by J-Con Parks, Allegany State Park’s concessionaire. Those interested in volunteering in the project at Allegany State Park can register to volunteer by visiting www.ptny. org/ilovemypark or by emailing Sandy Boczar,

Friends of Allegany I Love my Park Day Committee Chairperson at samni157@ For more information please visit the Friends of Allegany State Park Facebook page or visit them online at www. Last year in cooperation with park staff, the Friends of Allegany coordinated the parks most successful ILMP Day since its inception with over 165 volunteers, coming in a close second for the largest turn out in the state! We are looking forward to serving our wonderful park in 2017.

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Update Cont. From Cover But it seems the story of WestMont Ridge is a tale, not of unrealistic expectations, but the way time and circumstance chip away at the best-laid plans. As Mr. Culver says, “All good plans need to be adjusted.” One of the challenges to the expansion is the current exchange rate of the Canadian Dollar. When the development began, the two dollars were at about equal value. But, since then the Canadian Dollar has slipped in value by about a third, making it more expensive for our neighbors to the North to build here. Mr. Culver says several years of bizarre winters have also taken their toll. Each of the contractors I spoke with expressed the same concern over building at WestMont Ridge. Most of the hillside lots are steep, and that creates a challenge for building a home. The lot must be leveled to create a pad for the foundation. Runoff from the hillside can create problems of flooding and erosion. The builders all agreed, lot preparation costs


Cont. From Cover email giving a recap of this past ski season: “This was a year of ups and downs, but it averaged out to be...average and much better than last year. Although we had more than our share of weather cycles, we had a great amount of natural snowfall, 230 inches which is 50” more than average, so we had some awesome powder days. Last year’s snowfall was a mere 117”. We were able to make almost 5 feet of snow on all our snowmaking slopes over the season. We opened for a “preview” on November 2627, then opened for the season on December 10, closed April 2 for a total of 116 days of skiing and riding, compared


Cont. From Cover the Board of Trustees. Mr. Murray will replace Sherman Wilkens. Business from the Floor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian McFadden addressed the board. He would like to bring a Lacrosse tournament to the Village in September. The event will need eight fields for competition. He has spoken to ECS and obtained permission to use their fields and wanted permission from the board to use Village Park. The event will take place over three days, and McFadden was also seeking authorization to use the lawns in front of Town/Village Hall and the post office for vendors. Mr. McFadden says the tourney will bring up to four thousand people to the Village. There was a comment that the Chamber should go through the Special Events Committee for permission, but McFadden stressed he was in ongoing talks with the organizers and wanted to be sure he had permission before proceeding with contract negotiations. That was why he was appealing to the board directly. A motion was passed to grant use of the fields. The Director said he hopes to have a decision by the organizers in the next ten days. Job Lowry is the Forester for the Village. He gave a report on the Tree City USA conference he attended in Albany. Ellicottville has been officially a Tree City USA for 36 years, and Mr. Lowry

can add $50,000 to $70,000 to building a home. That is on top of the expense of the lot, and before the foundation is poured. Several owners, who bought a lot with the intention of building, are now selling their parcel. Realtor Cathy Pritchard takes an optimistic view of the development. She says lot preparation costs are to be expected when building a mountain home. Ms. Pritchard says those costs are not unlike the costs at Greer Hill, Leslie, and Niles. She adds, “People don’t need to build a humongous chalet, they can build in their comfort zone.” The realtor says activity has started again, and says she has two or three people looking at building in the project. “When you look across the country, we are so much more affordable.” But perhaps the biggest obstacle to completion is the classic chicken-egg dilemma. HoliMont has had a tradition of using proceeds from lot sales to finance lodge and lift construction. It prevents the members from being burdened with assessments or a large service debt. But the policy can slow development. Both the new lodge and lift have their construction permits, but

work can’t begin until more lots are sold. But potential buyers want to see the lift and lodge completed before committing to a purchase. Construction on the new condo units is also waiting for more lots to be sold. A bit of history helps put the issue in perspective. Lots at the Greer Hill section of HoliMont were first offered for sale twenty years ago. As well developed as the neighborhood has become, there are still two lots for sale. The project was aided by the strong US dollar, and the drop-off in foreign travel after 911; people vacationed closer to home. Now, with jobs returning to the economy and the great recession fading into the past, the future is brighter for the development. Nevertheless, not every family can afford to build a custom ski home. As Mr. Culver points out, “WestMont Ridge is still a project for a more affluent demographic.” He says with access to mountain bike trails, the Finger Lakes Tail, and the host of activities in the summer, WestMont Ridge can provide a vacation lifestyle every week of the year. To borrow a line from an old movie, “If you build it they will come.”

to 98 last year. So overall we are happy with the season and ready for golf and Sky High.” Like Eshbaugh said we had our share of ups and downs. The usual January thaw depleted some of the snow, but the pack was thick enough to stay stable for the long season. We also had a February thaw that was unusual, but the slopes survived through that as well. The end of the season showed some higher temperatures, and then a few more dumps of the frozen precipitation. The season wouldn’t have been as prosperous if it hadn’t been for the technology of snowmaking. And the enthusiasm the snowmakers have is over the top. The appreciation is grand as well, Villaggio on Monroe Street is hosting the Snowmaker’s Ball on April 21. Lords of Snow is the title for the annual event.

Starting at 6pm the party honors all of the hard working “friends who make the snow”. Villaggio wants to “make it rain” for them. Now the time is dubbed “mud season”. In between the ski season and the warm spring and summer season with plenty of outdoor activities to be had in Ellicottville. The mountain biking trails will be rideable soon, and Sky High Aerial Adventure Park at Holiday Valley will be open on weekends soon too, and Memorial weekend will see the opening of the pool. Although there is still quite a bit of snow on the slopes for the hikers to poach some runs, it will melt quickly and the warm weather months are upon us. A lot of folks are vacationing, but they all know coming home is just as great when you live in Ellicottville.

stated the Village is the third oldest Tree City in the state. At the conference, he learned about oak wilt disease. It can kill an oak tree in two weeks and is spread by the sap beetle. It has been reported in the middle of the state. He said grants are available for forestry from the DEC for developing a management plan. He requested permission to attend a forestry class in Tonawanda in May. Later in the meeting, a motion was approved to authorize no more than $100 for him to attend the class. Mayor’s Report Mayor Burrell requested a motion to move the May meeting to May 1st so that he could attend the NYCOM conference in Albany. It was noted there are funds in the budget for several board members to attend the conference, but there were no takers. A motion was passed to move the regular board meeting to May 1. Another motion was passed to authorize the Mayor to attend the conference. Mr. Burrell said there would be a meeting with Randy Glenn from the Evans Agency in which he will bring three insurance quotes for consideration. The Mayor said the meeting with the grant writer went well but gave no details. Department and Committee Reports Village Planner Gary Palumbo has submitted his report on the proposal for 23 Washington Street. One board member said he was disappointed the report gave no specific recommendations about the proposed additions to the building. In a second report

submitted by the planner, Palumbo said because of the historical district overlay; the project needs a Type I SEQR filing. Type I is a much more involved filing involving coordination between various state agencies and requires a lead agency to manage the process. Either the Village Board or the Planning Board could be the lead agency. It was noted, if the Planning Board is the lead agency, the Village Board must accept their decision. A motion was made and passed to table the discussion. Harold Morton of the DPW reported his crews have swept the streets around the Village and started repairing the plow damage to the lawns in front of Town/Village Hall and the post office. The brush removal pick-up will be on the second weeks of May and June. It was discussed the DPW would pick up cuttings and garden debris most any time. The Engineering and Sewer report were accepted as submitted. Kelly Fredrickson reported he is halfway through his training to become a code enforcement officer. He said eight new permits had been issued. There was a question about work being done at 26-28 Washington. He said the dumpster had been on Monroe for less than a week. Public Input There was a discussion about the boulevards on Washington and Monroe. Beautification Chairman Joe DiPasquale wants to remove them, saying they are ugly and a source of mud. He said he had received See BOARD page 8

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Community Calender April 10th – 14th Spring Break Art Camp at Cattaraugus County Arts Council Kids, Go on an “ArtVenture” During Spring Break! Young artists will be excited to learn new techniques and explore art in other cultures during the Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s “ArtVenture” camps April 10-14 during school spring break. Kids will explore their creativity and learn new skills in small groups with individualized attention. CCAC Education Coordinator Ardyth Van Scoy has selected several engaging new projects for the two ArtVenture Camps - New Artists, ages 4-7 and Young Artists ages 7-11. In order to have materials for everyone, all students must be signed-up beforehand, no drop-ins are allowed. Sign-up today by telephone at 716372-7455 or online at www.myartscouncil. net. The week-long camp is $65 per child, and includes all project supplies. The classes are held at the CCAC studio, 100 West Main Street, Allegany, NY. ArtVenture classes will be taught by Ardyth VanScoy, a Fine Arts graduate of St. Bonaventure. Ms. Van Scoy is also active in local theater groups both onstage as a performer and off stage creating scenery and costumes. For more information on this event please visit April 10th – 13th

Spring Seneca Days of Sharing Workshops at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is presenting a fun and educational way for kids (ages 6-11 years old) to spend their April Spring break. Each day they will participate in classes that teach of Seneca history, culture and heritage. There will be a morning and afternoon snack provided, but children will need to bring a bag lunch each day. Here are the classes: Day 1: Water • Day 2: Trees and Plants • Day 3: No Waster • Day 4: Wampum Cost per child is $40 per day. If you have more than one child, you can receive a discount as well. Times are 9am to 4pm. Space limited to 15. Reservations are needed and can be made by calling 716-945-1760 by April 3rd. For more information on this event please visit SenecaMuseum/ April 15th Orvis 101 Intro to Fly Fishing with Adventure Bound on the Fly Fly Fishing 101. Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. This is event is free of charge and all equipment is provided. Advance reservation is required.

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PUBLIC NOTICES BID NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Town of Ellicottville is requesting bids for processed gravel and limestone. Copies of specs and bids may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office. Bids will be received at the Town Hall, PO Box 600, 1 W Washington St., Ellicottville, NY 14731 until 10:00am, May 2, 2017 at which time they will be opened. The Town reserves the right to reject any and all bids. By order of the Town Board of the Town of Ellicottville


Cont. From Page 7 complaints about them. Mr. DiPasquale said he had talked to a contractor about the piecemeal removal of some of the boulevards, replacing them a few at a time. This brought disagreement from Patra Lowes, saying she had talked people who like the patches of grass between the sidewalk and the street. The Mayor asked citizens to call the Village office and express their opinion on the boulevards. It was agreed the Board will make the final decision on their fate. Sidewalks The Mayor said he had received numerous complaints about the sidewalks. There are many spots where standing water collects, forcing people onto

the street. It was noted the sidewalks on the west side of Mechanic are in very bad shape. Burrell said the board should consider having the worst spots fixed. Greg Cappelli said he would make a list of the areas needing the most attention. Burrell said there could be some CHIPS money for sidewalk repair. Water & Sewer Bills Village Clerk Mary Klahn reports the online payment system for water and sewer payments can now accept Canadian payments. She said the high consumption rates are now in effect, and people have been surprised at the higher water bills. The Village has 37 different water rates, while the Town has only four. Mayor Burrell said perhaps when the Joint Water District is created for the Town and Village; they may be able to consolidate some of the rates. Ms. Klahn

said when the water bills are printed out, she goes through them and flags unusually high bills. She gives them to the water department at the DPW, and they check the property out. Several leaks have been found this way. There was a discussion about creating additional planning and zoning fees for permits. Code of Ethics The Mayor passed out a copy of a Code of Ethics created by NYCOM. He said the board is required by law to adopt a code of ethics. He also passed out a copy of the code adopted by the Town in 2012. Mr. Burrell said the board could use both as a template for devising their own set of ethics rules. He said the board would hold a public hearing before adopting them as local law. The meeting was adjourned, and after a break went into the Organizational Meeting.

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Beat on the Street:

What is the Strangest Interaction You’ve had With a Stranger? By Chad Neal One of the first warnings as children we are given by our parents is to “not talk to strangers”, but then we’d never make friends. The strangers those parents are referring to are of course the creepy ones and the bad ones you hear about in the news. It is good advice, maybe an attachment can go along with it that goes “trust your gut!” As adults we often talk to strangers in our everyday lives. There is a saying that goes “Strangers are friends we haven’t met yet.” and the song written for the Grateful Dead by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia “Scarlet Begonias” has a lyric that goes “...strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hands..”. These phrases give a more positive outlook on the view of strangers. The moments shared with a new visitors to our lives can be very memorable. The tale would start, “when I first met so and so..”.Because all of the people in your life were strangers at one point. It can be strange though if someone you think is a stranger knows you all too well. It is all in how one perceives the situation and how they can judge character to decide whether or not the stranger is kind or menacing. And as we grow older, it is much easier to realize that characteristic. What is the strangest interaction you’ve had with a stranger?

Beth R.- Blue Heron Festival. Dude came over to our campsite at dawn and made scrambled eggs with hotdogs for everybody. It was great.

Danielle W.- In Granny’s Bar in Olean and Amazon sized woman grabbed me by my necklace, licked the side of my face and asked me if I was a vampire... this was the very last time I agreed to go out in Olean.

Wes M.- I remember an old man that used to follow me all over Salamanca asking me to do some chores for him. He kinda reminded me of Mr. Herbert on Family Guy. He freaked me out.

Allison.- [My husband] and I had dinner and more than a few beverages at a Belgian bar in NYC and found out when we were getting ready to pay that a guy we had met and talked with for a little while that night had already paid for everybody at the bar.

Mike H.While hitchhiking with another Deadhead in Oregon, this dude picked us up and after about two hours of riding- out of the blue he offered us $500 to kill him. My buddy who was outta Texas, without missing a beat, told him we could beat the s*** out of him for $250.

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created. Nick Dobmeier will continue in that position for the present time. The Mayor had put Village Attorney Kathleen Moriarty’s name in for Acting Village Justice, however Ms. Moriarty declined the post, citing conflict of interest since she is the Village Attorney. Since the Village has been using the new accounting software it has less need for accounting services. But, the Village will still have to have an audit performed annually. R.A. Mercer PC was retained as accountant, but will not be needed as much. The positions on the Village Planning Board are held for a period of five years. Shelia Burrell’s term on the board expired as of March 31st of this year. The Mayor placed her name in nomination to return to her position. At this time, Trustee Greg Cappelli spoke up saying he had an ethical problem with the Mayor placing his wife’s name in nomination to the board. Mr. Cappelli again threatened “unspecified actions if the nomination goes forward.” The Trustee said it would be a problem if the Mayor’s wife is on a board that reports to the Village Board. He said at the budget meeting in March the Mayor had tried to “double the income for the Planning Board.” The proposal had been voted down during that meeting. Cappelli said the Mayor had just handed out a code of ethics for the Board to consider, and added he felt the Board must submit to a “higher level of scrutiny.” He added it was important

not to raise suspicion or cause distrust about the board. When asked for her opinion, Village Attorney Kathleen Moriarty said it was important to have the discussion regarding Burrell’s appointment. Mayor Burrell responded that he had spoken to someone at NYCOM (New York Conference of Mayors), who said there is an exception to nepotism rules in a small community because of a low population. Burrell asserted the State Attorney General has opined it is “OK” to have a family member sit on a board. He said he would recuse himself from decisions regarding the Planning Board. He let on that he has two other possible candidates for the board. The Mayor said his wife has been on the Planning Board for an excess of 30 years, and said the Historical Overlay District was her project. If not nominated to the board and no one is chosen to relieve her, Mrs. Burrell would be a hold over on the board and would continue to serve. It became evident the Mayor was not going to allow a vote on his wife’s nomination. This was about as much as Mr. Cappelli could take, he angrily resigned as Deputy Mayor and resigned as Commissioner of Parking. He said the Mayor had run on a promise of change, and this was the second year in a row with no changes. Going on, Cappelli said the Mayor has two viable candidates for the position but was choosing to “go forward with his candidate and not allow a vote.” The Board then went on with other business. The official depositories for Village business will be Five Star Bank, M&T Bank,

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and Cattaraugus Bank. The official newspapers are The Villager and The Ellicottville Times. When it came time to fill out commissions, there was not exactly a rush of volunteers. John Burrell will remain as Budget Officer. For Planning and Zoning, Patra Lowes volunteered but there was no motion to support her. Greg Cappelli nominated Joe DiPasquale to be Parks Commissioner, but he declined. Later, Patra Lowes volunteered to head up Parks and was confirmed. DiPasquale also passed on being Beautification Commissioner again. Water, Streets and Sewer commissions went unfilled. Ms. Lowes also passed on heading Refuse, but was confirmed for Sidewalks. Special Events and Parking are unfilled. Mayor Burrell tried to get the newest trustee Spencer Murry to head up the new commission of Noise. Burrell said he would be a good choice since he works in a downtown bar. Mr. Murry asked to have some time to think about it. The Alley Cats will continue as the Beautification Committee. The Board set starting salaries for Village employees at $15.54 per hour, up from $15.23. The increase represents a 2% increase to align with the raise management staff received. The holiday schedule remained the same except for some of the dates that move on the calendar. Christmas Eve will not be a half day this year, because Christmas falls on a Sunday. Employees will receive Monday December 26th off. The meeting was adjourned in recognition of the many years Sherman Wilkens served on the Board.

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Jackson is a Special Needs Puppy, He is a Black Jack Russell, with Tan Markings. He is NOT familiar with the area and is very shy, Please do NOT chase him! He was last seen wearing his Green Collar. If you see him or have any information please call:

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The Transition To Spring!

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By John Thomas; Staff Writer Winter gave us one last blast to remind us of its power. But Spring is pushing back with its own warming grace. The snow retreats from lawns to reveal a carpet of green, buds push aside the snow to bloom on the trees. Streams unburdened of their icy cover, surge forth. There is a feeling of anticipation waiting for the riot of spring blossoms. Observe the changes. Spring will soon be here.

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