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Volume 12 ~ Issue 15

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Remodel Plans Stall

Golfing at Holiday Valley

Music Notes

ZBA Gets Caught Up in Cross Traffic on Regulations

Golf Season Arrives at Holiday Valley

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

Saturday, April 15th, 8PM

7 Monroe Street ~ 699-2199 TUI OSBORNE

Friday, April 21st, 6PM

By Nicholas Pircio 36 Washington St. ~ 699-4455 DJ NELZ & DJ SWIFT Fri. Apr. 7th & Sat. Apr. 8th, 10PM

20 Monroe Street ~ 699-4162 DARK WATER

Friday, April 7th, 7PM

IMPACT Saturday, April 8th, 6PM

It’s certainly not too soon to think about golf at Holiday Valley, as melting snow gives way to growing grass. Golfers are already teeing off to begin the new season. Steve Carney is the Director of Golf and Summer Operations, which covers everything to do with golf at Holiday Valley. This includes marketing programs, golf course maintenance, the golf shops, all play on the golf course. Carney says planning for the upcoming year begins back in the previous

September, when he looks at pricing, purchasing merchandise, determining capital projects on the course, and any capital equipment purchases. According to Carney, “Throughout the winter we determine a lot of those things with our course superintendent and our marketing departments. We go to golf shows to buy merchandise and to promote Holiday Valley. All of our pricing and brochures, and a lot of our marketing aspects

Engineer Mark Alianello (far left) goes over the plans for the remodeling 23 Washington Street. Developer Phil Vogt (behind Mark) looks on with some of the ZBA members. Story and Photo By John Thomas Staff Writer At Tuesday night’s Zoning Board of Appeals, meeting concerns were raised regarding developer Phil Vogt’s plans for his building at 23 Washington. They were much the same concerns as were mentioned at the public hearing of the Planning Board a week ago.

See “GOLF” Page 7

The concerns related to the impact the addition of a third story and 20’x24’elevator/stairwell tower would have on adjacent buildings. After the public discussion, the ZBA had some questions of its own regarding the best procedure for rendering a decision, primarily because of the historic overlay in the area.

Learn to Fly Fish w/ Orvis Celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Orvis 101 Intro to Fly Fishing w/ Adventure Bound, Apr. 22

Allegany Hosts Afternoon of Activities April 15

20 Washington Street ~ 699-2530 JOSEPH & JOHNSON

Thursday, April 6th, 8PM MO PORTER TRIO

Friday, April 7th, 9PM WEST

Saturday, April 8th, 9PM WAGNER & WINSTON

Wednesday, April 12th, 8PM

Adventure Bound on the Fly 101 course Saturday, April 22 is offering a free Fly Fishing from 9:30-11:30am. Perfect for beginners of all ages, they will teach fly-fishing basics on fly-casting and outfit rigging and all equipment is provided. Advanced reservation is required: 716-217-4047 or info@

Sun Painting or Heliographic Art is a process whereby certain fabric paints are applied to fabric and while still wet, objects like stencils, leafs, feathers etc are placed onto the wet fabric. It is then placed in the sun. the outlines of the objects are transferred to the fabric.

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

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Olean Home Show

Custom Carpet Centers

BBBAnnual of WNYEvent presentsthis the Weekend 2017

in Olean, NY

This year Allegany State Park is throwing one big celebration in recognition of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 28) on Saturday, April 15 from 10-1pm at the Red House Administration Building. The event will start with a 1-hour guided treasure/ tree I.D. hike on Red Jacket Trail, which will also be the first 3rd Saturday Trek of the 2017 season. Kids activities will run through noon including Sun Painting, weather permitting. Bring a t-shirt to paint, or there will be bandanas available for $1 donation. Sun painted See “ARBOR” Page 6

State Burn Ban In Effect

New York State Bans Burning Through May 14 By Brady Wesp

Greater Olean

The winter season has come and gone and By Chad Neal now has New York State There is a lot of construction that goes on in Ellicottville. Whether residents raring to clean it is a new house or refurbishing a house or building, there are up their yards and prepare contractors out there every day in the warm months, making livable for another warm spring and luxurious homes for the folks who want to be in Ellicottville and summer season. Olean Recreation Center 551 East State Street, Olean and the surrounding areas. One of the main ingredients in a house State legislature wishes that is most taken for granted is the floor; it gets stepped on, spilledBuilding Decor•Gardening • Workshops It’sIdeas•Home time for the Greater Olean Area Home and to remind citizens the on, treaded on, the works. Wood flooring, vinyl, laminate, carpets Garden Show. More than eighty of the area’s leading statewide burning ban and the rest all help put a room together. Custom Carpet Center in businesses are -expected to exhibit WPIG-FM Friday GARDEN PARTYtheir NIGHTwares remainsthin effect between the dates of March 16th and Olean is one of the closest places to get the flooring that.... May 14 . services. Displays will include landscaping, Plantsand Giveaway for the first 100 customers into the show courtesy of patios, replacement, siding, heating and Miller’s Farm window Market; cooking with herbs class; gardening hands on It is this time of the calendar year which poses the greatest threat of forest and wildfires. Once the last of air conditioning, pools, spas, furniture,-- all computer workshop, kids can plant their own tomatoes Friday! technology and much more. Also, representatives the snow is gone and all the dead trees and leaves die - Saturday / BREW fromWMXO-FM local banks, home WINE builders and WALK insurance and shrivel up it does not take much for an unattended Ski Club Presents $6,035 Check to Cattaraugus pile of burning leaves to transform into an out of control companies on wineries hand to and meet show-goers. Enjoy tasteswill frombe NYS breweries and even Community Action... Page 2 blaze. The Greater Olean Area Home Show sponsored our very own Four Mile Brewing Co. Open burning is the single largest cause of wildfires by Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, On February 24, 2017, the ladies of the Ellicottville Ski Club Mountain - Sunday EVERY MINUTES RAFFLES Greater Olean Area Chamber of :30 Commerce, and its in New York State. According to the Department of held their 12th annual “ESC Ladies’ Day”. As a result of the day The will besponsors, giving away certificates fromFriday, the vendors Environmental Control website, New York State fire fifty show corporate is gift scheduled from of skiing, and the dinner complete with raffles and live auction thatThe home th on Sunday. These are th just for those who attend Sunday! every 30 minutes departments have responded to an average of 2,300 April 7 Sunday, April 9 at the William O. Smith followed, the women raised $6,035 to benefit this year’s recipient, Recreation Center, 551 East State Street in Olean, wildfires during this time period from 2000 to 2009. Cattaraugus Community Action. Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Swanson commented across from Bradner’s Stadium. Show hours will What began 12 years ago as an informal ski day followed by be Friday, 5pm-9pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and this legislation remains in effect because everything is a dinner prepared by the men of club has grown to be an annual so dry during this time of the year the state does not Sunday, 10am-4pm.  fundraising event. To date, the women have now raised over $62,000 for various area charities. Past..... See “BURN” Page 7 See “SHOW” Page 7 2017 Corporate Sponsors: A Jason Clemons Salon; Acme Business; Airgas; Armor Building Supply; AVX / Olean Advanced Products; Bimbo Bakeries / Stroehmann’s; appy alf alf Buffamante arathon ay Cattaraugus th Allegany BOCES; llicottville Whipple Buttafaro; Casella Waste Services;

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Publisher’s Word “Spring into Spring!”




One of Ellicottville’s gems, this home offers 3800 SF, 6 BR/ 4.5 BA, two fireplaces, 1 acre lot, around the corner from HoliMont. MLS#B1012148…$675,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Straight and solid renovation project in the heart of the village. Walk to the shops & restaurants! MLS#B503140…$159,900 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

Every square inch is maximized in this 6/4, 3,800 sq. ft. home. Fourseason views from massive deck. Meticulously maintained! MLS#B1027701…$535,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




3/2 in desired Ellicottville School District. Landscaped gardens & gorgeous property. Everything you could want and more! MLS#B507087…$189,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Incredible slope views in this 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

Spacious living in this 3 BR/ 3.5 bath townhouse with partially finished basement just a short walk to town & no association fees. MLS#B1005630…$299,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




What a difference a week makes! We’ve gone from “mini-arctic vortexes” to reasonably mild spring-like

weather in a matter of days. I, for one, am totally in favor of the change in temperature and sunshine levels. But fear not, winter enthusiasts! The “Who Needs a Chairlift” crowd will be out skiing and boarding (and hiking) until they have to start dodging Holiday Valley golf balls! There’s nothing better than hanging with your friends on the Yodeler sundeck, munching on something grilled and drinking something cold and frosty. Then you make a couple of runs, (make good turns, now – people are

watching you!), and back to the deck for more fun in the sun! Grilling activities in general start to pick up this time of year. Nothing beats a great barbeque, which can be anything from strip steaks to meat of a more tubular variety. My favorite part is easy clean up - paper plates are a girl’s best friend! So, dear readers, a healthy dose of spring fever is the sure cure to warm your bones after such a cold winter. Here’s to the big thaw! Until next week… JZ-C

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Ellicottville Food Pantry Stunning interior f/ reclaimed wood ceilings, wide plank wd flr, stone FP in the great room, walls of windows capture views of the ski slopes! MLS#B1018718…$775,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Do not hesitate! Wood floors & cathedral ceiling compliment the living-kitchen areas in this immaculate 4/2 chalet. MLS#B506248…$189,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Brand new beautiful 3 BR/ 2.5 BA log home nestled in the woods with high end finishes, huge master suite, Florida room, fireplace, garage. MLS#B502180…$495,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




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 705 - Year to date 17,558

Letter to the Planning Board

Examining Proposed Plans for 23 Washington to Current Village Policy

2 commercial units which are both occupied by successful businesses & 4 residential units, use one and rent out the other three. MLS#B503116…$499,900 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Unique, upscale home renovation offers open floor plan, gas FP, 1st flr master & laundry, open loft, huge deck, and deep lot w bocce court. MLS#B1021046…$299,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

A private wooded setting awaits you for this unique & bright contemporary chalet just three miles from the village & ski slopes!! MLS#B504125…$225,900 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173




4 BR/ 2.5 BA living level entry townhouse w 1760 sf, gas FP, directly across from HoliMont and an easy walk to village. MLS#B492414…$259,900 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Bright open layout in this double wide situated on nearly 1 acre. Front & back decks to take in the beautiful scenery. Oversized 2-car garage! MLS#B1026700…$89,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

After many years of successful operation this local EVL favorite is ready to pass the torch. Continue the current business or bring new ideas! MLS#B504900…$219,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




Well maintained, furnished & equipped, 3br 2 bath getaway spot just 2 miles from the village! MLS#B1021423…$159,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

Over 2600 sf of completely updated village home with huge master bedroom suite and family room addition. Walk to everything! MLS#B495636…$295,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

This well maintained HV unit comes fully furnished f/ many updates incl. kitchen & great location on the hill. 4/1.1 w/ plenty of room to entertain! MLS#B1007103…$325,900 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




4 BR/ 2 BA ranch offers gracious living spaces in a picturesque setting bordering creek, covered porch, ECS schools, fireplace. MLS#B490164…$165,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Doesn’t get any better than this one-bedroom ground floor location on the Wall slope at HV, you can ski from your door! MLS#B465716…$87,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Steps from the Slopes of HM you will find this remodeled 4/2 unit. Experience all Ellicottville has to offer and so much more! MLS#B1034448…$265,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Elizabeth Lowes recently sent a letter to the Village Planning Board. It outlines her concerns with the renovations at 23 Washington Street. Although the letter is too long to reprint in available space here, we have posted it in its entirety on our web site www.thevillagerny. com. In the interest of public knowledge of this important issue we have excerpted portions of the letter below. After hearing of the proposed project at 23 Washington Street, I referred to the referenced Comprehensive Plan as a guidepost to determine how the project might be viewed against current Village Policy. I found the Plan to be thoughtful and considerate of the overarching goals supporting growth and development, balanced with maintaining the character of

the Village and the lifestyle it offers to both permanent and part-time residents, which has been so very crucial to Ellicottville’s success to date. The proposal involves a significant alteration to an historic structure, doubling available commercial space for retail and restaurant use. With current vacant retail and restaurant space in the Village, to include nearby vacant spaces on Washington Street, I question whether this would actually support growth or alternatively, hinder it. I sense that the proposed project will result in a more “high end” rental posture for potential tenants and although there may be those that have the sufficient means to support a business case, I worry about the prospect of new retail operations being able to sustain and make a profit in a high rent district.

Ladies of E’Ville Ski Club @ HV Ski Club Presents $6,035 Check to Cattaraugus Community Action

Holmes Webb, right, co-chair of the Ellicottville Ski Club at Holiday Valley’s 2017 Ladies’ Day event, presents a $6,035 check to Tina Zerbian, CEO of Cattaraugus Community Action. Bill Soffel


Melanie Pritchard Associate Broker

Amy DeTine

Associate Broker

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Director of Marketing & Vacation Rental Management

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The proposal features a rooftop area for bar and restaurant use, as well as a second outdoor patio, both of which will impact area residents as a result in additional noise, especially during the evening hours. In addition, these features don’t seem in alignment with existing community character, the current charm of the Village, and the rural quality of life it supports. The expansion off the back would appear to infringe on available parking spaces and create additional parking needs. Unless there is a viable strategic plan to support additional parking infrastructure in the Village, I highly caution expanded development of this nature and in particular within the small footprint of the historic commercial district. Very Truly Yours, Elizabeth Lowes

On February 24, 2017, the ladies of the Ellicottville Ski Club held their 12th annual “ESC Ladies’ Day”. As a result of the day of skiing, and the dinner complete with raffles and live auction that followed, the women raised $6,035 to benefit this year’s recipient, Cattaraugus Community Action. What began 12 years ago as an informal ski day followed by a dinner prepared by the men of club has grown to be an annual fundraising event. To date, the women have now raised over $62,000 for various area charities. Past

recipients include Family Support for Ellicottville, the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley, the Ellicottville Memorial Library, Mercy Flight of Western New York, Susan G. Komen for the Cure of WNY, Almost Home Animal Sanctuary, Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, The March of Dimes of WNY and last year’s recipient, the Ellicottville Community Food Pantry. In addition to donations from ESC members, nearly every local business contributed to this year’s silent and live auction as well as a ticket raffle.

Laura DeCinque, co-chair of the annual ESC Ladies’ Day event commented, “Our event is so successful thanks to the area businesses as well as the ESC members and their generous contributions over the past twelve years.“ Cattaraugus Community Action is an organization servicing Allegany and Cattaraugus counties that is dedicated to providing opportunities to help vulnerable people achieve economic, physical, and emotional security. The ladies of the Ellicottville Ski Club chose to specifically support the Victim Services mission of CCA, with their donation directed to CCA’s Domestic Abuse and Rape Crisis programs. Tina Zerbian, CEO of Cattaraugus Community Action, stated, “We are overwhelmed and so grateful to all the local businesses and the members of the Ellicottville Ski Club that helped support the ladies in their annual fundraiser. And we are thrilled to be the recipient this year!” Anyone interested in making a donation to the Cattaraugus Community Action may contact Tina Zerbian directly by calling 716-945-1041.

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

Chamber Gives Back Ellicottville Youth Soccer

April 6 - 12, 2017

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The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce continues to give back. Pictured above, Chamber Executive Director, Brian McFadden, presents a check to Lindsey Coburn and Jessica Erlandson, co-organizers of Ellicottville Youth Soccer.

ERA Team VP Thinks Big

6,000 sq. ft. home on 10 acres w/ 6 bdrms Walk to HoliMont slopes. Large open A-Frame on just over 3 acs, 12 mins to w/ their own baths & all rooms tastefully kit. w bar & F/P. Nicely furnished + det. evl. 3 bdrms + ba & ½ w/ Jacuzzi tub. garage. Walk to the Village. $267,700 Updated Kitchen & more. $139,500 decorated & furnished. $407,900

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Members of ERA Attend 2017 ERA Business Conference in Dallas TX

ERA Team VP Real Estate sent 12 team members to Dallas, TX to attend the 2017 ERA Real Estate International Business Conference (IBC) held March 19-21 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Joining 1500+ ERA Real Estate affiliated participants from ERA companies and offices worldwide, the local attendees had the opportunity to celebrate professional achievements, learn from real estate industry experts, and network with ERA colleagues to share best practices for their real estate businesses.  “Dream Big. Think Big. Be Big.” was the theme for the 2017 ERA Conference, reminding all in attendance that opportunities are endless to embrace innovation, enhance the ERA brand, continue to train and yield new ideas, and most importantly to stay motivated and inspired to consistently be bigger and better! “My team and I are thrilled that 12 members of ERA Team VP attended this year’s ERA International

Business Conference,” said ERA Real Estate President and Chief Executive Officer, Sue Yannaccone. “This team’s participation and real estate expertise contributes greatly to our ERA brand’s surging momentum and commitment to continually transforming the way we do business through service excellence and a relentless focus on innovation. Their unwavering engagement enables our network to think big when it comes to the future and I am very proud that they see the importance of joining us at our annual conference so they can each leverage holistic learning opportunities to elevate productivity and level of knowledge.” ERA’s IBC is much more than just a Real Estate conference, it is a chance to learn, consult, and collaborate with the very best from ERA. “The energy that ERA brings to the National Conference is amazing”, says Tonya Studley, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with ERA Team VP Real Estate. “It really gets you geared up

for a good year.” Denise Whipp, ERA Team VP Associate Broker & Branch Leader of Pennsylvania offices said, “I enjoyed meeting the corporate staff. We always hear their names, but it is so nice to put faces to their names and voices.”  With three days of jam-packed sessions, idea sharing, events, and networking opportunities, team members set out to divide and conquer in order to achieve and acquire personal growth, knowledge, and new skill sets from industry leaders. “I was most impressed with the top agent round table discussions. It was a real WOW”, said Jane Grice, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with ERA Team VP Real Estate.  “Our strategic focus at ERA Team VP centers on growth and innovation. Returning from IBC in Dallas last week, our team is energized and excited, and is in the true ERA mindset of ‘Dream Big. Think Big. Be Big.’  This fits hand-in-hand with the ERA Team VP motto: Teamwork. Trust. Results.,” says Bill Soffel, President & CEO of ERA Team VP Real Estate.  “With ample opportunities for handson learning on a variety of game changing technology platforms our team is ready to share their experience to help better serve our clients and community.” ERA Team VP Real Estate has 11 office locations serving Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information visit or call 716-413-0200.

Bradford Native Memoir

U.S. Coast Guard Captain to Read from Memoir April 11th at 6:30pm at Olean Library

OLEAN, N.Y. – Bradford, Pennsylvania, resident and retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Richard J. Marcott will read from his newly published memoir, “A View from the Rigging,” at a book reading and signing at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Olean Public Library. Marcott’s memoir encapsulates a 32-year

career that begins as a smalltown Bradford High School graduate headed to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the summer of 1953. “My seagoing experience up to this point was limited to a row boat on Cuba Lake,” Marcott wrote in his introduction. Marcott writes of indoctrination and sailing the Coast Guard’s tall ship Eagle as a cadet to Bermuda, Europe, the Panama Canal and Cuba, where the cadets met and drank with Ernest Hemingway before all hell broke loose at the home of the American ambassador. Tales from Marcott’s atsea career include fruitless searches, daring rescues and arresting the famous ocean explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. His land assignments included commanding a tiny long-range aid to navigation

station on an island off Okinawa, Japan, where he accidentally crashed U.S. Navy war games and describes the rural village life. Fellow Bradford native and seagoing writer David Poyer, said of Marcott’s book, “If you’ve ever been to sea, you enjoy my friend Dick Marcott’s tales of Coast Guard duty. If you haven’t, this book might count as your first deployment.” Former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James M. Loy, Ret., said, “In my experience, the very best way to learn something is to find a teacher who blends historical facts with the art of story-telling. Dick Marcott proves he’s the master of this approach.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. Books are also available at Seasons Bookstore & Gifts in the Olean Mall.

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Celebrating 25 years in Ellicottville

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Enjoy the view of HoliMont’s sunset slope from this roomy 3+ bedroom, 3 bath chalet secluded on 1+ acres. This is a fabulous place to entertain inside and out. There is an open kitchen with a counter bar. The spacious living room features cathedral ceilings. The woodstove adds to warmth and charm of this level. There is a first floor bedroom, bath , laundry, hot tub room and work shop. The the third floor also offers two more bedrooms and a third bath. The large deck is the ideal spot to relax. The attached car port is under the deck. This chalet is furnished and priced to sell! Don’t miss out on this deal, call today! Call Tina Dillon (716) 474-5646 of Realty USA today for your personal showing.

E’Ville Roots:

April 6 - 12, 2017

Celebrate Our Heritage

Tina Dillon

Shoe lasts became an important product, making Ellicottville the Shoe Last Capital of the World.

By Carol Fisher Anniversaries are a perfect time to reflect upon whatever event we are contemplating attached to a significant date. It is 180 years since the Village of Ellicottville was incorporated. Certainly, this is a reason to celebrate. A BRIEF HISTORY - If you want to look at when the first people settled the village of Ellicottville, one would truly have to go back twenty years to 1817 when two buildings went up in the village. A log house at the edge of the creek where the Five Star Bank sits, and the other, built by Baker Leonard, at the behest of the Holland Land Company (HLC), presently known as The Ellis house, which is situated next to St. John’s Episcopal Church. This building was to serve as the Ellicottville offices of the Holland Land Company, handling land sales in the southern counties of NY. Alas, when the building was completed, Baker Leonard was required to keep it. HLC refused to accept it because of the high cost of building. The lumber had to be drawn by oxcart over mud trails from Killbuck, adding tremendously to the cost. Interestingly, from the onset, lumbering was a significant industry in this town. Trees were cut throughout the year and in the spring, when the creeks rose into a crescendo, lumber was placed in the Great Valley creek (the birth of the Great Valley regatta?) and floated to the mills on the creek. From there, sawed lumber was placed aboard large waiting rafts with crude cabins that carried it through the connecting waterways to New Orleans. (Can you imagine that voyage huddled in a tiny cabin aboard a heaving raft in our classic spring storms? What a ride!) Surviving that experience, the lumber was then loaded onto boats that carried it to Europe. Our Ellicottville lumber was far reaching, as it is today. Ellicottville, presently a flourishing real estate/tourist town, was once a real estate/ industrial center of great importance. Centrally located in the county, Ellicottville served as the county seat from 1817 until 1868, bringing travelers and land buyers to complete their business transactions. We were growing, fast! The abundance of quality hardwoods in the

area prompted major growth of the lumber industry, which continues (Fitzpatrick and Weller) to this day. OUR INDUSTRY - Shoe lasts became an important product, making Ellicottville the Shoe Last Capital of the World. These were the hardwood forms from which shoes were made (including those of Queen Elizabeth). Lumber producers included Daniel Bartlett, M Murphy and Sons, Messrs. Rust and Olin, Larimer and Norton (Louisville Slugger baseball bat forms), and Fitzpatrick and Weller. Of these, Fitz and Weller, established in 1895, continues a thriving lumber trade throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Pacific Rim countries. (Probably because they knew how to generate lasting good will from their clients by including Ellicottville’s maple syrup with their lumber orders). All that cleared land generated abundant pastures and farmland. Dairy became a thriving industry, at one time the largest in the village. Growing industry (especially lumbering) created a need for electric power, so the Electric Light Company was established in 1905 by mill owner M. Murphy (great grandfather to local lifetime resident Sheila Burrell). Buildings housed a tannery, a basket factory, the manufacture of hosiery, novelty and jewelry boxes, toys, cribs and playpens, and upholstered furniture for Jamestown Lounge Company that eventually became Booth upholstery which some readers may remember. WAR YEARS - In 1940, Harold and Dean Burrell formed Burrell Cutlery provided straight razors and surgical tools for the war effort, converting later to high quality household cutlery, run by John Burrell. 1948 introduced Signore, Inc. a division of American Locker in Jamestown, producers of high quality metal office desks and office partitions. York Merit (closed 1986) on Maple Avenue, was once Otis Steel which also produced office metal products. 1960’S - Along came Stride Tool in 1960, which Lori Northrup grew into a worldwide designer and manufacturer of specialty hand tools for the professional and DIY market and sold in 2016. So many industries, so much change. Today our buildings

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are populated with the A to W (no Z’s) of local enterprises that, along with the two power houses, Holiday Valley and HoliMont, keep Ellicottville fresh, inviting and flourishing. OUR ROOTS - As we celebrate it is fun to look at the history of our beloved town, and to marvel at its roots. I find it most interesting that the Ellis house is also celebrating a 200th anniversary celebrating the fact that it has had the same family living in it for 6 generations. How delighted we are to lay claim to the largest private ski club in America (HoliMont) and to Holiday Valley that always sits on top of the charts for top ski areas in the east. It is an honor to be home to one of the oldest Roman Catholic parishes in the Buffalo diocese, and to the oldest continuously working bell In America, Gabriel, housed in St. John’s Episcopal church. How curious to realize that our present Town Hall Building was protected for a short while in 1845 by two militia companies and a canon on its front lawn during the uproar known as the Dutch Hill War. On a more cultured note, it was, for 35 years, known as our Opera House and Academy of Music, and later used as a church and schoolrooms. I find it delightful that we don’t have to go to cities on the Atlantic Coast to find relatives of the Mayflower settlers. Surely there are more here, but John Burrell shared some stories with me going that far back in his family tree, which is also occupied by Ellicottville developer, John Northrup. Stories of a fine, fine watch handed down through the generations, and a relative involved in the apprehension and delivery of Benedict Arnold to George Washington to be hanged. My guess is if you see John and ask him to share a tale, he’ll be more than willing to do it. We are blessed here in Ellicottville. When other prosperous agriculture and manufacturing communities suddenly had the bottom drop out, we were fortunate to have a developing ski/tourism industry filling the slack. As Sheila Burrell, Town Planning Board member stated, “we are blessed to have remained a viable community because of our natural resources that support the ski industry. We are so grateful that we, as a community, could change (at times a difficult transition) to accommodate the demands of the tourism industry. It is an essential ingredient to what makes today’s Ellicottville, ELLICOTTVILLE. Many thanks go to Mary Elizabeth Dunbar, Ellicottville Town Historian, from which information was sourced from her article in the Special E-fects Newspaper 4/10/2009, and to Mayor John Burrell and his wife, Sheila for their generous sharing of history and anecdotes.

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is needed. The Villager caught up with the store manager Joe Kreisher, who has some ties with Ellicottville and asked him about Custom Carpet Centers. The store is located at 700 West State St. in Olean, next door to Raymour and Flanigan. The Villager: When did this location open, when did the company begin and where is the flagship location? Joe Kreisher: The Olean location opened in the late 80s. Custom Carpet Centers was founded in 1965 and served as a supplier to new homebuilders. The first retail store opened in 1974 in Orchard Park and remains our flagship store. We currently have 8 locations in Western New York and as a company we are the largest flooring retailer in sales volume in the state of New York; outside of NYC. It was founded by Joseph McDonnell and is currently being run by his son Jay McDonnell. V: What did Custom Carpet Centers begin with and where

does the flooring generally come from? JK: We are a full service flooring retailer. We help the customer select the best flooring for their needs; we will complete a free in home/ business site inspection and measurement and then install the product. We can provide carpet, laminate, hardwood, tile, sheet vinyl or luxury vinyl. We have relationships with all of the largest flooring vendors like Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong and Tarkett and because of our volume buying we are able to get the lowest possible costs from the vendors. V: When are your best sales? JK: We run various sales promotions throughout the year; our next promotion is “Axe the Tax” in which we will reduce the price of your order by 8% in order to cover the sales tax. We also offer special financing through Synchrony bank which depending on the current promotion can be zero down and interest free financing from 6-24 months. V: What do you sell most of? JK: We currently sell more carpet than any other product, but increased interest in

hardwood and luxury vinyl tile or planks has closed the gap. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a great option for the environment we live in. LVT is completely water resistant so there is no need to be concerned about snow or mud ruining your floor, it is easy to clean, there is almost no maintenance needed and comes in numerous styles, colors and price points. Joe Kreisher lives in Ellicottville. His brother in law, Michael Moore was born and raised in Ellicottville, and is bringing his children up in the area as well going to Ellicotville Central School. Kreisher’s sister Amy Moore works at Holiday Valley. Kreisher’s wife Olivia is a relationship banker at M&T, but has recently taken leave because they are expecting triplets. Kreisher also went on to say, “If it is not convenient to travel to Olean I can be reached on the store phone at 716-3725676 or my cell phone 716801-5211 and I can schedule an appointment to meet at their residence or business with samples and information to service their flooring needs with them ever leaving town.”

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Children will have the opportunity to hear the story of the last hours before Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday (April 14, 2017) at 10 am at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Springville. The community is invited

to come and learn about the events of Good Friday from a children’s perspective, looking forward to the Good News of Easter Day. An egg hunt will follow the familyfriendly service, both inside and outside of the church (in

the Labyrinth) for children up to age 10. This service has been a tradition at St. Paul’s for over 25 years, and is a highlight of the year for the Rev. Gary Schindler, Vicar of St. Paul’s. “This story is central to the Christian faith.” says Schindler. “It’s often the part of the story of Jesus that children do not hear until they are older. This service helps children understand what Good Friday is all about. Plus, the egg hunt is fun!” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 591 East Main Street, Springville. The small and vital parish looks to spread the good news of God to their community. For more information about St. Paul’s, call the church office at 716-592- 2153

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Get out of the house and come join in the fun as Allegany State Park continues its series of hikes called “3rd Saturday Treks.” As the name implies, these free, family-friendly hikes will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month from April through October. The treks will be led by park staff and summer interns. This month’s 3rd Saturday Trek will take place on April 15th. It coincides with our annual Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration (see cover), so bring the kids and make a day of it! Join Environmental

Educator Adele Wellman for a Treasure/Tree I.D. hike starting at 10:00 a.m. Come learn about the trees of Allegany State Park and maybe even gather a little treasure along the way! Attendees are asked to meet at the Red House Administration Building at 10:00 a.m. and to come dressed for the weather. This hike will last approximately an hour. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the Allegany State Park Facebook page or contact the Environmental Education/

Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

On-going during this event, participants can test their skills at Nature Trivia and Cont. From Cover check out various displays such as composting, and items will be ready to take recycling. Event attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch home by 12:30.

to enjoy in the park. For more information, contact the Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or check out the Allegany State Park Facebook page.




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l d e r Cont. From Cover . rare determined during the dwinter. When we get to the wspring we start to put a lot sof that in place. The point is tall the work does not start on dApril 1st.” , The front nine holes at Holiday Valley are now nopen, having opened on the nlast day of ski season, which nthe resort tries to do every dyear. Golf carts can be seen pon the course. Carney is oexcited about the new season. .“We expect our leagues to ebe a little bit bigger than .in the past. We have some anew events booked.” This ,year there are no large scale eprojects happening on the gcourse, but improvements are coming. “Last year we ,had some trying dry weather lthat (adversely impacted) nour conditions, and so we -are definitely going to work -hard at getting those back up eto where they should be. We thave some new fountains for sthe course. We bought a very nhigh-end rough mower to try sto keep our rough (areas of ”the golf course) a little more consistent.” Although there’s been a downturn in the golfing industry in some places,



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a r In addressing the board, aMark Alianello went over ethe five SEQR (State rEnvironmental Quality Review) questions the oboard must consider before sgranting the variance. In ebrief, they are: 1. Will the tvariance requested create land undesirable change with erespect to other property downers, or will it create lan undesirable change sin the character of the neighborhood? 2. Can the happlicant achieve similar nresults with other methods? e3. How substantial is the svariance requested? 4. Will fgranting the request create ran adverse effect on the . e


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want citizens getting careless with open fires potentially causing a chain reaction and igniting a wildfire. “This time of year has t the most risk of fires,” e stated Officer Swanson. n “Approximately 46 percent n of all wildfires every year are s caused during this time period h due to an overabundance of n dry leaves, big wind gusts t and lack of healthy green k vegetation.” Burning household 9 y trash remains prohibited 0 statewide in all cases, common household n as n trash releases dangerous r pollution and chemicals into , the environment, notable including r compounds arsenic, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide among many others. All residents are encouraged by the DEC to recycle

Carney says this has not happened at Holiday Valley. “Our play continues to be steady and our golf packages are going right along at a normal pace. So we see everything continuing as usual.” Typically, Holiday Valley hosts a large number of charity and business events, and about 60 golf leagues. Each league may have anywhere from twenty to 180 players. “So we see a slight increase in the number of events this year.” As for the popularity of the sport, Carney says much depends in part on where you live in the U-S. “But Holiday Valley being a resort, what we call our ‘rounds per year’ has been steady for the past thirteen years. It’s been very consistent. We don’t start a lot of play early in the year because we still have a lot of snow on the hills, and many people who play resort golf stay closer to home early in the year. Then as the summer gets going, they travel a little farther.” Carney notes a bit of a decline in the number of newer golfers since 2005, but regular play and events continue to be strong. Carney considers Holiday Valley to be the most beautiful golf course in western New York. “Our front nine is a bit

park-like with a lot of creeks and ponds. Our back nine is on the lower ski slopes which brings into play a lot more hills, a lot of ravines, and is a bit more difficult. But we have four sets of tees that take care of different levels of golfers, from a beginner type to a more advanced (golfer). It’s a very challenging golf course.” Golf lessons are an important part of the summer scene. Two PGA instructors are available for instruction, along with the Phil Ritson Golf School, which returns for the 13th year in July. A student lesson program is offered at two different times in both July and August at a very reasonable price, according to Carney. Holiday Valley offers a large number of stay and play packages, ranging from a hotel room at the inn or at the Tamarack Club, to large condos and homes. “We have a complete rental management corporation that looks at all these options.” They offer packages that offer golf and Sky High Adventure Park. “We also host a large number of weddings and business functions, and a lot of those include golf. We see nothing but good things happening again for the coming year.”

environment? 5. Is the need for the variance self-created? A positive answer is no reason to deny the variance. Mr. Alianello had mentioned the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) requirements. The zoning codes specify a ratio of floor space to lot size allowed in the downtown area. In the historic district, the current ratio is 1.22 to 1, that is a building can have 1.22 square feet of floor space for every 1 square foot of lot size. This is possible with a multistory building but appears to limit how many stories a building could have. He said the plans submitted by Mr. Vogt have a FAR ratio of 1.5, and should be allowed. Most of the buildings in the village have a FAR ratio that exceeds 1.22. The engineer pointed out, three-story

buildings are allowed in the village. Mr. Alianello said the elevator/stairwell tower is being added to the rear of the building and will not affect the front. He said Mr. Vogt intends to remove some tattered vinyl on the rear of the building and restore the original brick. Alianello said he did not feel the plans would not have a significant impact on the area. Corey Auerbach, an attorney with Barkley and Damon, was hired by several downtown business owners to review the plans. They were concerned that any future tenants of 23 Washington might create excess noise for the apartments they own on both sides of Mr. Vogt’s building.

household trash whenever possible and to compost leaves rather than burning them. Not all instances of burning are banned during this time period. Exceptions such as a small campfires and cooking fires are allowed so long as they are less than 3 to 4 feet in diameter and are made using either charcoal or wood which is clean, untreated and unpainted. Plywood and pressure-treated lumber are not permitted to be burned. Ceremonial or celebratory fires are also allowed within this window of time as long as they are made in accordance with DEC and New York State guidelines. Most importantly these fires cannot be left unattended and must be fully extinguished when their purpose is fulfilled. In towns with a total population less than 20,000, residents may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush).

However, brush burning is still prohibited during this burn ban period. Violators of the open burning state regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800847-7332), or report online on DEC’s website. Over the seven years since the ban was established, the number of wildfire outbreaks have dramatically decreased. According to Livingston County News, the average number of spring fires per year in New York State has dropped by 35.5 percent, from 2,925 in 2009 to 1,886 in 2016. This burning ban period has done much good for the community and New York State in avoiding wildfire outbreaks. Do your part for your homes and communities to avoid risky actions that can potentially lead to disastrous circumstances.

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Community Calender April 7th – 9th 2017 Greater Olean Area Home Show April 8th It’s time for the Greater Olean Area 2017 Daffodil Festival in South Dayton Home and Garden Show. More than The South Dayton Daffodil Festival and eighty of the area’s leading businesses are craft show will be held Saturday, April 8. expected to exhibit their wares and services. A craft show will be held from 10am Displays will include landscaping, patios, 3pm. There will also be a dessert contest, window replacement, siding, heating and with desserts containing at least one of the air conditioning, pools, spas, furniture, following ingredients: orange, banana, computer technology and much more. Also, lemon, pineapple, maple syrup or chocolate. representatives from local banks, home Registration is from 9-10am with judging at builders and insurance companies will be on 10:30am. Desserts should be submitted in a hand to meet show-goers. non-returnable container with a copy of the For more information on the Olean recipe. The contest is for adults and children Home Show, please call Greater Olean Area (age 12 and under). An Easter egg hunt for Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or toddlers to sixth-graders will take place at the email For more Village Park at 10am. The Easter Bunny will information on this event please visit http:// greet children from 11am-12:30pm. Chicken and biscuits will be served from 11am-2pm. The cost is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and April 8th & 9th children. 2017 Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Spring Sportsmen’s Show April 8th Buy-sell-trade-browse at the annual Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino present Sportsmen’s Show sponsored by the Little Tony Orlando Valley Volunteer Fire Department featuring One of the enduring showmen of popular modern and antique firearms and accessories, music, Tony Orlando first hit the charts when game calls, sporting goods and fishing tackle. he was just 16, with songs like “Halfway to A national instant criminal background Paradise” and “Bless You.” check will be completed prior to all firearm Tickets on Sale January 20th at Noon! sales. Cattaraugus County Pistol Clerk will be Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased available for your convenience. Refreshments at The Logo Shop, and all available, armed security and plenty of Ticketmaster locations or charge by phone at parking. Over 150 vendor tables are expected. 1-800-745-3000. Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm For more information on this event please

visit entertainment/ 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

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FOR SALE FOR SALE: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Snowpine Unit, F –Building, Ski in-Ski out. Contact if interested call 716-908-1931 or email

FOR RENT FOR RENT – Newly constructed home for Rent, High-end brand new ski house. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, wood burning fireplace. Sleeps 8 – 10 people, Only 2 miles from The Village. Call 716-378-4223 FOR RENT – Stone Cold Storage Unit. 52x36, Half Bath Office. Fully Insulated. Call 6994752 or cell – 474-6037.

FOR RENT - 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath furnished home. Completely remodeled, hardwood floors, new kitchen.  All utilities included. $1500/mo. One year lease minimum, first and last plus security deposit required. 1.5 miles from Ellicottville.  Rent to own option. Call 716 864 7194. FOR RENT - Beautifully Remodeled 1 Bedroom Upper Apartment. $625/Month + Utilities Appliances Included, Coin Operated Washer & Dryer on site. Applications available at: Western Door Development - 113 Main St., Salamanca, NY 14779. (716) 945-0238.

House for Rent Monthly or Seasonally: 4 bedroom and 3 /12 bath house on quiet street. Fully furnished and equipped; a home away from home. No smoking and no pets. Rent plus utilities and security deposit. Call 716-699-4516 or 716-397-9527. RESTAURANT FOR LEASE. Highly accessible location just off Rt. 219S in Bradford, PA. Seating for about 35, equipment negotiable. $750 + util. Call 814-366-9899

FOR RENT - Retail space for rent in Bradford, PA. Approx. 1100 sq.ft. Possible renovate to suit. Convenient location with parking. $525 + util. Call 814-366-9899.

For Rent in Ellicottville – 2 BR apartment with laundry room, long term or short-term, no smokers or pets. Furnished & Unfurnished Available. Please call – 649-6922

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED -HIRING – THE JEFFERSON INN – Immediate opening for Innkeeper’s Assistant at The Jefferson Inn bed and breakfast. 2-4 days per week, weekends required.  Work includes cleaning, reservations, baking, food prep, gardening and guest interaction.  Basic computer skills required.  Qualified candidates must be mature, reliable, detail oriented, self-motivated.  Prior cleaning and/or hospitality experience a plus.  Send resume/letter to The Jefferson Inn, PO Box 1566, Ellicottville NY 14731 or email info@ 

WANTED FILL WANTED - 6787 Maples Road. Call 716 864 7194

PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE Proposals for the Maintenance of the Jefferson Street, Niles (Rt. 242 W) and Bryant Hill Cemeteries will be received at the Town Clerk’s Office, 1 West Washington St., PO Box 600, Ellicottville, NY 14731, until 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 13th, 2017. Requirements: • First Clean up, mowing and trimming to be complete by May 7, 2017.• Clean up, mowing and trimming three times per month in May, June and July. • Clean up, mowing and trimming two times a month for the remainder of the season. • Must provide Certificate of Insurance for liability. NOTICE The Village of Ellicottville Board will be holding the annual Organizational Meeting immediately following the regular board meeting Monday, April 10th, 2017. Located at the Town and Village Hall, One West Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY 14731 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

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Beat on the Street: What is the Worst Thing You’ve Done in Public that You Are Embarrassed About?

By Chad Neal The embarrassing things that have happened to any of us are etched in the annals of our minds, and when we are reminded of those ignominious moments we cringe. To have moments that are separated from our usual selves really can cause stress and anxiety on a body. Some folks fear embarrassment, and try to steer clear of it, but most people step into it like a trap when it happens. And it happens to everyone. Being in a public situation and being unbecoming of yourself isn’t choice behavior for most. Some actually do things in public that would normally make a consistently normal person feel ashamed to be alive, yet these people get away with it and laugh it off. It is a form of trolling in the non-cyber world, to put others in circumstances that leave them blushing and emotional. Sometimes the cause of an embarrassing situation can be reaction to something, but still not keeping the reaction at bay can cause the humiliation. A disagreement can lead to confusion and violence which is embarrassing for most and heightening for the few. But someone feels embarrassed for them too. What is the worst thing you’ve done in public that you are embarrassed about?

Shawn S.- Don’t know I was drunk at the time.

Jonathan J.- Walked around school and noticed not only was my zipper down, but my [privates] were showing. Located at Holiday Valley inside the Tamarack Club

Rachel H.- I’ve fallen asleep on the bar a number of times, or so I’ve been told.

Rebecca G.- Convincing people I know how to drive, when apparently I’m only pretending. Crashing that golf cart into that boat when I was 7 should have been a dead give away!

Kim R.- If I answered that question I would never be allowed in church again!

Wes M.Walking through Scranton drunk in the middle of the day. I remember hearing parents call their children back in the house and doors were slammed.

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ZBA Cont. From Page 7 He pointed out that the ZBA must weigh the benefit to the applicant against the detriment to the community. He said residential windows in the adjoining building would be “within feet” of the addition to the building. The attorney claimed the addition of the elevator/stairwell tower in the back and the third floor would increase the building’s size by 25%; that would represent a substantial change to the historic district. He added currently there are no cooking facilities (read: restaurant) on the second floor of any downtown buildings. Auerbach said due to the lack of specific plans regarding the building’s use, Vogt is asking the ZBA to “write him a blank check.” The attorney rejected Mr. Anianello’s analysis of the FAR exception, and said the 1.22 FAR ratio is in the code, and the ZBA should not be “second-guessing the wisdom of a previous board.” He said that is the existing law and if there is something wrong with that law it should be changed. Auerbach said it is unusual for a developer to come to a board without a specific plan and it could set a precedence if Vogt is granted the variance. Village Planner Gary Palumbo said it is not necessary for a developer to submit a specific retail plan for renovating a building. He

added if a restaurant wants to move into the building, they would have to submit a separate special use permit. Mr. Vogt addressed the board; he said he is renovating the building to have tenants. He thinks a restaurant is unlikely, and none is planned at this time, but added if the opportunity comes to have a restaurant, he will rent to them. He did say the most likely place for a restaurant is on the third floor. Vogt pointed out there are a lot of outside dining areas in the village, and all of them are surrounded by living spaces. The developer said he had simply taken each floor and divided it by two and called it eight possible businesses. The developer said it is possible that tenants might use up more or less than half a floor. He said he wants to improve the exterior of the building. (Note: although Vogt did not mention at the meeting, removing the alpine style roof from the front of the building is part of his plans). He said the rear of the building is unsightly and he would be improving that portion of the building as well. The public hearing was closed, and the Board began a discussion on the application. The board has 62 days to render its decision, and it seemed clear it was not close to deciding. Village Planner Palumbo gave an overview of the SEQR issues as they relate to the building itself. But he did not seek answers from the board at that time.

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Missing Puppy

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:

The discussion turned to the next steps in the process. At the Planning Board meeting last week, the board had not made a determination because the application was before the ZBA. Now the ZBA seemed reluctant to render a decision until the Planning Board acts. Mr. Palumbo said he was trying to resolve the “chickenegg” problem the board was facing. He pointed out because 23 Washington is in the Historic Overlay District, a more involved Type I SEQR action is required. He said both the ZBA and the Planning Board should conduct a coordinated review, with the Planning Board acting as lead agency. After the review, both agencies would make separate determinations. Mr. Palumbo said he would come up with a timeline for the next review steps, and said the Village hadn’t done a project of this nature recently. Mr. Alianello asked if the board could pin down what they are requesting of Mr. Vogt, adding there seems to be a creeping increase of requirements. A motion was made to table discussion on the application because the board wants more time to understand what is being presented, and the Planning Board has not yet made a SEQR determination. The Planning Board will not be meeting in April because they will not have a quorum. Another meeting of the ZBA was set for May 2nd, and the meeting was adjourned.

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