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Volume 09 ~ Issue 09

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March 8-9, 2014 enjoy a weekend packed full of fun with the Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley Resort which includes the Snow Ponies Race,  a costume parade down Mardi Gras and the infamous Dummy Downhill at the Yodler Lodge. The highlight of this fun filled weekend is the Saturday evening Mardi Gras Parade on Washington Street in the Village.  You will experience the zaniest costumes and the most Mardi Gras style, family friendly fun around! Once again, The Villager will be sponsoring the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil with his Handler Bill Dealy; make sure not to miss it! It’s FREE to participate!!! (See Next week’s Villager for a Full Story and Schedule of events!)

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Ellicottville Central School Board of Education members are putting finishing touches on the 2014/2015 budget that is expected to include staff reductions and a tax increase. “Even Houdini couldn’t deal with this,” said Superintendent Mark Ward, as he outlined some of the budget woes facing the district, during its Tuesday meeting. Ward said school officials used a lot of “rainy day” funds to balance previous budget and are scheduled

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to lose $186,000 through the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in state funding this year Ward said a computer technician (one day a week) is needed for the district, which is also in need of new copiers and some additional computers. Health insurance costs have also increased, and teachers’ Standing with the campers are Lt. Shawn Gregory and Inv. Christa Pictures courtesy of Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Ofsalaries will be negotiated this Heckathorn. fice. year. Ward said the District’s share of teacher retirement payments By Chris Chapman criminal, not for the public safety, make up 4.5 percent of the budget. but in the name of helping out Although he predicted the cuts Cattaraugus County Sheriff, children. Timothy S. Whitcomb, is asking for help. Not in the capture of a See ECS page 11 See CAMP page 11

Benefit for the Children

“Celtic Thunder”, Next Fri. at the New Ellicottville Town Center’s Rotary Auditorium

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Up Close & Personal... Page 7

Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Inn at HV

Story by John Thomas As the nation moves towards putting more electrically powered vehicles on the road, one of the big obstacles remains; once away from home how do you recharge your vehicle? National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Chargepoint, and Holiday Valley have partnered to provide part of that answer. In the back parking lot of the Inn at Holiday Valley they have installed a Chargepoint electric vehicle charging station. Owners of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids are enrolled in the Chargepoint network.....

Letter to the Community... Page 3

Chuck Crist: Principal Seneca Elementary School “On November 12, 2009, I was placed on leave from my position as the principal of Seneca Elementary School. After 51 months on February 10, 2014, a decision was rendered by hearing officer Douglas J. Bantle, Esq., who, in an 110-page opinion, cleared me of all charges. “On February 19, 2014 the school board chose not to appeal the decision and my position was restored, effective February 25, 2014. In accordance with the NYS Department of Education letter...

Bob McCarthy teams with the Rotary Club of Ellicottville for his new event “Celtic Thunder – A Night of Irish Music and Dance. This unique fundraiser will fund publication of a book being written by local writer Katie Benatovich as well as supporting Rotary’s Polio Plus Program. Katie Benatovich, an Ellicottville area resident, is working on a book to help children battling cancer. The tagline “Help the Children” is fitting, as this book will be written for and donated to Camp Good Days & Special Times. She hopes that by writing this book, more families can know about Camp Good Days and Special Times and benefit from their

services and support. Camp Good Days is a nonprofit organization that provides free summer camps and activities throughout the year to help families who have children and other family members with cancer. Rotary’s Polio Plus program began in 1985 with the goal of global eradication of polio. Rotary is working through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of polio and are very close to reaching this goal. The fun evening is going to leave a mark on Ellicottville with McCarthySee BENEFIT page 11

The event takes place March 7 at 7 p.m. at the New Ellicottville Town Center’s Rotary Auditorium. This will also be the grand opening of the Rotary Auditorium, so it will be an extra special event for the community.

Town Board Issues Parking Limit Announces Sales Tax Revenue Up, Overviews Town Center Restoration and More Story by John Thomas, Staff Writer

Sales Tax Revenue Up, Town Center Restoration, 2-Hour Parking Limit Town Supervisor John Burrell started the Town Board meeting off with good news. State sales tax revenues are higher than expected

and should bring over $356,000 into the town’s coffers. The Supervisor also reported the work is coming along well in restoring the Town Center. The bathrooms are being retiled and painted. He said the heating system had been inspected and found to be a good system, but outdated. This may explain why the auditorium will only reach 58

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degrees. There are some minor problems that have been fixed and now the auditorium has heat and will be ready for the March 7th Rotary function, “Celtic Thunder”, a benefit for the children. Burrell said they will get a proposal for revamping the system over a five-year period. See TOWN page 11

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Publisher’s Word “Love That Music”

In my humble opinion, regular Villager contributors Sherm and Robbie Wilkens have the best weekly duty a couple of writers can have – keeping an eye on the Ellicottville music scene. Their weekly column “Music Spotlight” is one of our most popular commentaries, and for a darn good reason – the winter music scene in Ellicottville is truly awesome! After getting some texted

“raves” from a few friends last weekend, I had little choice but to head over to Balloons Music Stage Saturday night. “Howard and the White Boys”, a Chicago-based blues band, had the village buzzing about their Friday evening performance. Lucky for me, this was a two-night gig, so we headed over and all I can say is they were exceptional! And with good friends, a few libations, and some very upbeat live music, we had a blast – just like the “old days” everyone talks about around here (see photos, page 8). As Sherm and Robbie say “Good Stuff – No Worries”… A special thank you goes out to The Villager’s good friend MK III – how he finds these bands and books them, and rarely (if ever) charges a cover, requires an expertise not many possess… And I would be remiss if I

didn’t also give a Villager thumbs up to Ed and Maribeth, owners of the Gin Mill. They also work their special musical magic, both during the week and especially on the weekends. Wednesday “Wings & Wagner” has truly become an institution. And “Party Squad” Thursday nights at Madigan’s, and let’s not forget the EBC gigs and bands at The Pub in Great Valley. We are blessed musically, considering the size of our little territory, aren’t we? So, dear readers, if anyone reading this is feeling like winter is starting to drag a bit, and a little cabin fever is starting to sink in, get out there, grab some friends and go listen to some of the best live music WNY has to offer. It’s all right here, just waiting for you! Until next week… JZ

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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 2,280 - Year to date 23,275.

Letter to the Community Chuck Crist: Principal Seneca Elementary School

“On November 12, 2009, I was placed on leave from my position as the principal of Seneca Elementary School. After 51 months on February 10, 2014, a decision was rendered by hearing officer Douglas J. Bantle, Esq., who, in an 110-page opinion, cleared me of all charges. “On February 19, 2014 the school board chose not to appeal the decision and my position was restored, effective February 25, 2014. In accordance with the NYS Department of Education letter dated February 10, 2014, all records are to be expunged from my employment record. “When we are born, we are

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given a name and it is ours to protect. Our parents educate us to respect and protect our names because, when all is said and done, our good name is really all we have. That is what I instilled in my son and daughter, and now my grandchildren; it is what I will continue to teach my students -- and it is good to have my own good name back. “It is has been an emotional and trying ordeal, to say the least. Unless someone has traveled this same path, it is impossible to understand the pain and frustration. “There is a Chinese proverb which says, ‘Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves’ I choose to focus my energy on tomorrow and not yesterday. I have come to conclusion that in the best interest of community, the students and faculty, that we move on and stop playing the blame game. Nothing positive can be gained by animosity and finger-pointing. I will work diligently to restore and justify the community’s confidence in me and in our school

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system, to support all staff and to spend the remaining years of my career doing what I love best -- educating our students. “I thank my family, my many friends and most of all, my wife of 43 years, Patti, for her understanding, love, and diligence in researching the information to prepare my defense and help salvage my name and reputation. No man can ask for more unconditional support from family, friends and community members than I have received these past four years, and there are no words to express my gratitude. “I also want to thank my SAANYS Union attorney, Andre Dalbec. There are not enough accolades to describe his patience, advice, professionalism and competence to help justice prevail. His honesty, intelligence and knowledge gave us great confidence from the beginning. “As of Tuesday, February 25, 2014, my name is Chuck Crist and I am, once again, the Principal of Seneca Elementary School.”

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Article Correction Ken Brown 700 Club Fundraiser Correction

In last weeks Villager Newspaper we stated “Each year the auction raises about $40,000 to $50,000 for local charities.” This was an error, The Auction Raises between $3,000 and $4,000 each year, and have donated a total nearing $40,000 to $50,000 over the 12 years the fundraiser has been in effect. We apologize for any confusion. If you want more information or to donate an item for the auction call, 716-945-1176.

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Holiday Valley Update

6th Annual Boarding for Breast Cancer at Holiday Valley was a Success Photo/John Thomas


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Together with The Boardroom Snowboard Shop, the sixth annual  B4BC board-a-thon was held on February 15, 2014. Activities in the name of breast cancer awareness included special riding and park clinics for women, a park contest open to men and women snowboarders and skiers, a tribute ride down Mardi Gras, local shop demos, a cancer awareness outreach booth, silent and Chinese auctions and an awards reception party. Proceeds from

Holiday Valley’s B4BC event will go to the Buffalo area’s Women’s Oncology Program at Camp Good Days and Boarding for Breast Cancer Awareness Programs. Holiday Valley would like to thank the sponsors who generously contributed to the fundraising efforts: for their THIRD YEAR, the SKM Group integrated marketing communications agency, for their SECOND YEAR sponsorship I-Evolve Technology Services, and the

FIRST year Towne BMW and Mini. The Joy Family Foundation of Buffalo also made a generous contribution to Boarding for Breast Cancer. The fundraising total for 2014 was $14,000. In addition to the sponsorships named above, funds were raised by individuals conducting on line fundraising, B4BC Clinic and Park Contest entry fees, sales of pink hearts throughout Holiday Valley and a number of fundraisers conducted by Holiday Valley’s food and beverage department. During the event a Chinese auction, a Silent auction and raffles were held that featured a breast cancer Sabres jersey and hat, a ski day with Olympian Jillian Vogtli, skis and snowboards. Many of the items were donated though the Boardroom of Ellicottville. A total of over sixty-nine thousand dollars has been raised in the six years that Holiday Valley has hosted the event.

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(Ellicottville, NY, February 24, 2014) Holiday Valley Resort will host the Freestyle Eastern Qualifying Series Championships this March 14th through 16th. One hundred sixty competitors from the northeastern US will compete in moguls, aerials and slopestyle diciplines. These skiers, who are divided into two groups, the “Young Guns” age 10 and under and the “Youth” age 11 to 18, have earned enough points through events this season to qualify for this competition. All of the EQS competitions can be viewed from base areas and spectators are encouraged. The Mogul event will take place on

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Yodeler, Aerials will take place on Foxfire and the Slopestyle event will be on Snoozer. The Mogul course is made up of bumps and jumps and competitors are judged on their turns, line, air and speed. In Aerials, the skiers hit a single large jump and do various tricks while in the air. The Slopestyle course is made of jumps and other features made of snow, rails and boxes. Slopestyle is judged on the style and flair of the skier and the size and quality of their tricks. The Eastern Qualifying Series is the highest level of competition at the entry level of Freestyle skiing. The emphasis is on having fun

while improving the skiers’ freestyle skills. Beyond the excitement and thrills of competitions, a freestyle background teaches kids to be versatile skiers who can ski any terrain on any mountain in any conditions. Holiday Valley Resort is honored to host this competition for the year 2014 and 2015. It was awarded to Holiday Valley based on the mountain, its lodging capacity, its banquet facility, other activities like tubing and the mountain coaster, and the Village of Ellicottville. Contact: Jane Eshbaugh - Holiday Valley Resort jeshbaugh@holidayvalley. com - 716-699-3904.

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Back From Break, And the End of Winter Sports By Olivia Venezia Last week brought another break for the students, which they accepted with quite a bit of excitement, but now we are back to school, and into the normal schedule of the days. Students can finally start to wind down for the year, as we have only 66 full schools days left. While this is exiting news for the students they must not forget that this is a prime time to regain grades that may be slipping, and if it’s needed a tutor is still available. Please, Students, speak to your teacher if you feel a tutor would benefit you. As for sports, the winter sports season is nearly over, but an interesting team just had a big competition. Ellicottville’s Alpine Ski team is one of the only ones in the surrounding area, and

is a great team made up of a new high school and middle school students who are phenomenal at their sports. More information about this team including the names of the team mates will be touched on in next week’s article. In news focusing on the art world, our schools Musical, South Pacific, is having normal practices, and the students in the play are selling patron ads to support the various costs that come with running a performance. If you are interested in purchasing a patron ad, please see a Drama Club student. In a similar area of study, the music associations Pops concert will be held next Tuesday, and will Showcase the students abilities to perform some more modern songs. The middle school

band and chorus and the high school band and chorus will be preforming. The students put a lot of time and effort into preparing these songs, and it would be a pleasure to have many people come out to hear them sing. The school concert has no admittance fee and is a fun and free night to have without going too far from the community! Thanks for reading, and have a lovely week. Remember all the things coming up students and that there is still a lot of things left to do before the end of the year. Congratulations everyone on a great season in music and sports. While sports and music, may all be fun, and very interesting, remember that homework and education should be on the top priority. Have a safe week, and see you all next time.

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HoliMont Update Turn With Your Toes, Not Your Nose

When all ten toes are simultaneously turned in one direction, the turning forces also turn your legs and the femoral head(s) (labeled “ball” in the picture) within your hip socket. Skiers and hockey players perform this exact movement when they make a “hockey stop.”

By Dan Balkin HoliMont Snowsports School Sounds catchy, eh? I threw in the “eh” because this tip comes to us courtesy of some Canadian friends. This is only fitting, because roughly half of the skiers in our fair town hail from Canada. This is actually third-hand ski advice. I got it from Josh Foster (via YouTube), and Josh Foster credited someone named Johnny Brown for giving him this tip. Josh Foster is a Canadian Level IV ski instructor (translation of Level IV Canadian: Canadian ski god). Josh is also the Ski School Director at a destination resort called Big White, near Kelowna BC. I love to watch Josh’s ski tips on YouTube. Sure, there are minor differences in philosophy, technique, and teaching progressions between the

American and Canadian ski instruction systems – but that really doesn’t matter. High level skiers anywhere can tip their shaped skis on edge and rip crisp carved turns - but they can also do more – a lot more. To ski in bumps, powder, broken snow, and on steeps, all mountain skiers must also know how to turn their legs. As a matter of fact, elegant free skiing – even on gentler slopes – always involves both edging the skis and turning the legs. Therefore, this tip is really for everyone. So, let’s break the tip down into its two parts; first we’ll talk about the meaning of “turn with your toes.” Josh’s tip “turn with your toes” is really about making ski turns with your entire lower body (feet and legs). In other words, if we turn all ten toes down the slope we must also turn our legs. Simply said in terms of skiing - your lower body consists of everything from the bottom of your feet up to the two balls of bone and cartilage (femoral heads) that connect your legs with your hip sockets. Try this: stand on one foot and rotate your other foot 180 degrees (a half circle) around the planted foot WITHOUT moving your hips. The foot and leg that are swinging in the half circle can do this because the “ball” (femoral head) that attaches your leg to your hip socket is rotating or turning – that is the lower body at work. If you watch YouTube ski tip videos, you will note that great skiers constantly talk about upper and lower body separation. Essentially, this means that you make ski turns with your lower body, not your

upper body. What is Josh implying not to do by saying “turn with your toes”? He doesn’t want us to throw our heels sideways to turn our skis – that promotes skidded turns. By focusing on turning all ten toes DOWN the hill, you are far more likely to make round, elegant turns that blend the skills of edging the skis and steering the legs. That said, what is this business about the “nose”? In this ski adage, Josh is using the term “nose” as a metaphor for the entire upper body. In terms of skiing, the upper body consists of your hips, torso, head, and arms. Basically, Josh is saying that if we twist our upper body to the right to turn right, our “nose” will also twist to the right with our upper body. That is a classic skiing error that compromises our balance. In summary, the old instructor phrase “You ski with your legs and you balance with your upper body” is particularly evident in this tip. Your upper body should be steady and unflappable as you ski, and that allows you to turn your feet and legs under a steady and quiet upper body. When thinking about this tip while skiing, I literally think about turning my toes (lower body) under and around my “nose” (a stable upper body). Like most great ski tips, it’s simple but effective. If this tip has whetted your interest in a lesson, I suggest that you follow the mantra of the world-class skiers on the PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Demo Team: “Next time you’re at your local ski area, be safe, have fun, and go with a pro.”

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A Team Shines from Coast to Coast Dual Mogul Championships. Vail, Colorado - Bluebird skies over Cookshack at Vail was the scene for the Nor-Am Championship on Saturday, February 22nd where 62 Male Athletes from 8 countries competed for the Nor-Am Cup. HoliMont FLTE Team’s Robbie Andison was one of the 62 athletes, representing Canada. In Saturday’s Individual Males event, Robbie Andison was the youngest male in the Top 20, finishing an impressive 8th place in the highly competitive

event with some very high profile athletes competing. In Sunday’s Dual Mogul format, Robbie managed to string together a run to finish in 12th place in the field of 59 athletes. Unfortunately, his close first round dual loss signaled the end of his day. Congratulations Robbie on your continued success and climb up the international ladder! For more info visit: http:// a-team-shines-from-coast-tocoast.html

HM hosts FLITE Cup B Team Dominates 2014 Flight Cup

This past weekend, t lHoliMont Ski Resort was ethe scene for the 2014 FLITE Cup. In addition to rour athletes from HoliMont FLITE Team, freestyle programs from Holiday lValley, Buffalo Ski Club, sPennsylvania Freestyle, and fBristol Mountain competed din a 2-day Double Aerial and sMogul competition. n Aerial 1 - In the early aerial ecompetition, winds played la role in the outcome as it ,became apparent that flight kpatterns would be changed based on the gusts. Over the ecourse of time, the aerial tacrobats made adjustments to succeed in the challenging

conditions. Aerial 2 - The afternoon matinee had our athletes chomping at the bit for more. Many athletes improved their scores, as well as moved up spots in the standings from the first event. Moguls - Downspout is where things played out under the watchful eye of the orange ball floating through the sky. Combined results - A combined award is awarded to the Top 3 males and females with the highest scores from the 2 aerial events and mogul event. FLITE Team swept the Overall Combined award taking 4 of the top 5 spots, in both the male and female

discipline. Team results - The FLITE Cup is awarded to the Team who has the highest point total from every age category for every event. Three points are awarded for First Place, two points for Second Place, and one point for Third place. Team results are as followed: HoliMont FLITE Team: 85 points • Holiday Valley Freestyle: 52 points • Buffalo Ski Club: 19 points • Pennsylvania Freestyle: 10 points • Bristol Mountain: 5 points For more info visit: http:// b-team-dominates-flite-cup. html

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Architectural Spotlight A Contemporary Cape Cod

Story and Photos By an extension of the front roof John Thomas; Staff Writer creates the roof for the front porch. The Cape Cod home is the Step into the two-story first truly American classic living room and you’ll know home design. It grew out of this isn’t your daddy’s Cape the Colonial style of early Cod. The two-story bank of American architecture. But windows along the back wall the massive front façade of floods the room with sunlight. the Colonial took a beating The top section is accented by from the New England nor- a gently arched window that is east’er storms that pummeled both classic and contemporary the coast. Builders created at the same time. A huge river a compromise by lowering rock chimney for the wood the second story, and using a burning fireplace rises to steeply pitched roofline that meet the high ceiling. In the resulted in a slanted ceiling kitchen, granite counters make over the upper story rooms. up the workspace and the To create windows dormers counter for the center island. were cut into the roof. The It holds the sink and the huge result was a wide low design breakfast bar. Along the front that stood up to the elements wall are two hinged window and a roof that shed the snow- seats; great for storage and load easily. a cozy spot for the guests to So what is one doing here? converse with the cook or You may ask. The fact is, this the kids to read their Kindles. style fits right into ski country. The dining room is along the However, this one has gone backside of the chimney and through some fairly extensive holds a long dining table. A modifications. The result sliding glass door leads to the is a ski country home that back decks with the barbeque is spacious, stylish, and still and seating on one and a hot keeps its New England roots. tub on the other. A half bath Viewed from the outside, it and bedroom are also on this appears to be pretty standard. level. The classic lines are there and The downstairs has been

transformed into what could the ultimate family room or “man cave”. You’ll find a pool table, poker table, a wet bar, and an entertainment center with a 60 inch HD television with surround sound. The laundry room, utility room, a full bath and a bunk room are on this level as well. Send the kids down there and you may never see them again. Up on the top floor from the balcony you can look down into the living room. Just off it is the master suite. It has a deep alcove for a quiet spot for Mom or Dad to curl up with their Kindles. There are two more bedrooms and a full bath here as well. This is as good a conversion from a Cape Cod to a contemporary home as you‘ll find anywhere. It’s a short walk to downtown, close to the ski areas and right at home in ski country. For more information on this home, contact Tina Dillon, GRI Licensed Sales Associate at ERA Team VP Real Estate at 716-474-5646.

(Pictured Top, Left to Right) 1. Looking very much like a typical Cape Cod home, there are plenty of surprises inside. 2. The downstairs game room has just about everything you could need for entertaining. A poker table on the left, pool on the right and in the back, a home theatre with surround sound. 3. The master suite has a large alcove for reading, large closets, and its own bath

(Pictured Left to Right) 1. The back of the chimney sets a rustic tone for the dining room. 2. Not many Cape Cod homes feature a two-story living room with a huge fireplace. 3. A large work island has a granite counter, the sink and seats six for breakfast.

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Pictured Left to Right: 1. Emily Smaldino of National Grid removes the charging cord from the new Chargepoint EV charging station at the Inn at Holiday Valley. 2. A plug-in hybrid pickup truck is using the Chargepoint charge station (at the back end) to charge up. 3. The Chargepoint power cord plugged into receptacle on a plug-in hybrid pickup truck.

Story by John Thomas Photos courtesy Of Holiday Valley Resort As the nation moves towards putting more electrically powered vehicles on the road, one of the big obstacles remains; once away from home how do you recharge your vehicle? National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Chargepoint, and Holiday Valley have partnered to provide part of that answer. In the back parking lot of the Inn at Holiday Valley they have installed a Chargepoint electric vehicle charging station. Owners of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids are enrolled in the Chargepoint network of stations. The divers receive a key-fob with a UPC code with their account number. They swipe the fob to unlock the charging cord and plug it into their vehicle. The charging station at Holiday Valley is free, but

some stations may charge for the electricity. A charge takes anywhere from two to eight hours, depending on the type of vehicle and how much charge is needed. A family could hook up to the charging station in the morning, hop on the Sunrise lift, and at the day’s end come back to a fully charged car. One bonus that Holiday Valley is offering for EV (Electric Vehicle) owners is free charging. Chargepoint customers will not be billed for the electricity to charge their cars. It’s like getting free gas. Another thing that is sure to make the charge station popular is that the power receptacles on all electric vehicles and plugin hybrids are standardized. This means that anybody driving an EV or hybrid can use the system. Teslas, Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts, Toyota Prius and the passel of new EVs to be announced this year, can all use the same station. There is even a smart

phone app that shows you the nearest charging station. Charging stations are spreading across New York. There are already 80 charging stations in the state and a total of 3,000 are planned. The new Holiday Valley location is one of 15 charging stations located in Western New York, and total of 67 charging stations are either planned or installed in upstate New York. With the proliferation of charging stations the acceptance of electric vehicles will increase. The number of EVs in New York has gone from about 1000 to over 5000 in just the past year. Gas powered vehicles cost about 15 cents per mile to operate. EVs cost only 03 cents or less per mile to operate. When you consider an EV is cheap to run, emits no pollution, requires virtually no maintenance or oil changes, they begin to make a lot of sense. It’s just one more way New York is driving into the future.

As long as Zoning Board of Appeals members approve, a public hearing on the Overell subdivision will be held April 28 by Ellicottville Town Planners. During a Monday meeting, the Ellicottville Town Planning Board reviewed

splitting the existing duplex on Route 242 into two family homes. Officials said the home was a shared residence, with its owners wanting to divide the home so one side can be sold. The property owners applied for necessary approvals in 2008 and revived the process in 2012.

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Luella “Pat” Boucher, October 26, 1908 - February 20, 2014

Ellicottville, NY – Luella F. “Pat” Boucher, 105, of Ellicottville, NY passed away Thursday February 20, 2014 at The Pines in Machias, NY She was born October 26, 1908 in Buffalo, NY the daughter of the late Winfred and Lillian (Wallace) Patterson. On December 11, 1943 in Buffalo, NY she married Joseph Albert “Al” Boucher who predeceased her in

1958. She was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicottville in the 1980’s and 1990’s and the Alley Kats of Ellicottville and joyfully helped maintain the herb garden at the Arboretum. Each morning she would look forward to her exercise walks with dear friends who have now predeceased her. In later years she moved into a studio apartment at her daughters and as her need for assistance increased she faithfully attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellicottville, NY. She is survived by her daughter Andree McRae of Ellicottville and 6 grandchildren Rick (Glenda) Jackson, Tim (Linda) Jackson, Mike (Tami

Smith) Jackson, James Jackson, Stephen Jackson and Kelly Jackson; 17 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 brothers Budd Patterson of Cattaraugus, NY and Willard Patterson of Atlanta, GA and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband; she was predeceased by a grandson David Jackson, a brother Raymond Patterson, and a sister Winifred Goodrich. A Memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to St. Johns Episcopal Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City Street in Little Valley, NY.

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When originally reviewed, planners had questions pertaining to access, utility lines and more. They learned Monday most have been answered adequately but will await Zoning Board of Appeals’ review. Therefore, they tentatively set the April 28 hearing, contingent upon their review earlier in April.

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but when you see the good that all of this does, and the families that are able to meet just daily needs, you can understand what this food drive means. Non-perishable food items might include canned food, cercal, pasta, rice, and food items in jars or other sealed containers. Cleaning supplies would include paper towels, soap, and liquid cleaners for many needs. Toiletries include soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, tissues and toilet paper. Just so that you know our schedule for Mardi Gras weekend, a Holiday Valley Ski Patrolman and assistant will be at Tops on Friday evening, March 7th between 4:30 and 9 PM. Then on Saturday March 8th between 10 and 6 PM we will again be at the Market but we then join in the parade at 6:15 to finish off our collection. If you are unable to make it to Tops either Friday or Saturday but plan to come to the parade Saturday evening,

you can always bring items with you. There will be many HV Ski Patrolmen and women collecting items and several will be pushing grocery carts down both sides of the parade where you can place your items in the carts, this is also the time we like to collect money. Oops, I almost forgot, for each donation we will reward your generosity with a string of beads, both at Tops and during the parade. Please remember this year’s theme and” let’s beat last year’s totals”. We also have a collection box in town at the Red Door Ski Shop, our major supporter in this endeavor. Ski patrollers have a saying, “a passion for skiing and compassion for others”. Our job both on and off the ski slopes is to help others, so now we ask that you please help us, to help others. Additional information, please contact Bob Barbu on the internet at bobbarbu@, or call 440-6683773.

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Music Spotlight

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As we enter March, the week before Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras weekend, which is another of the FUN weekends we enjoy here in Ellicottville. Many of us are starting to look forward to our springtime outdoor activities. With the great, winter we’ve had lets take advantage of the excellent skiing still available at both Holiday Valley and Holimont. Our music and other indoor FUN STUFF is also still in midwinter form. So after a good day or evening of skiing get out and enjoy our excellent restaurants and FUN clubs that make Ellicottville such a neat place to visit and even better place to live. Starting today Thursday February 27, 2014 through Wednesday March 5, 2014 we will have thirteen Bands doing fourteen gigs, three DJ’s, one including a Karaoke show, several Sound System Events plus all the food and beverage specials that are available in our wonderful clubs and restaurants. As we always say, Ellicottville is the place to be to have FUN. THURSDAY, the week begins with two bands and a DJ including a Karaoke show. The Gin Mill is first at 8:00 PM with Fred & Tuck doing what they do most Thursdays. That being playing neat, cover, acoustic, folk rock to country tunes. These FUN tunes are done in their unique style and will create a FUN Gin Mill Music Night. Then at 9:00 PM Thursday, our week’s music keeps rolling forward with a Band and a DJ including a Karaoke show. First Madigans Party Bar will have Ellicottville’s favorite Party Rock Band, The Party Squad, returning to play tunes and create good times for Madigans Party People. This week’s version of The Party Squad will be Dave, Mark, Nelson and Rick. Madigans Party Bar is always the place to enjoy wonderful classic rock music by The Party Squad and FUN times every Thursday all winter long. Also at 9:00 PM, DJ Felony and his Karaoke Show will happen in The PUB in Great Valley. As always, this neat show will give The PUB Patrons two options. Be part of the show or just kick back and enjoy The Local & FUN, PUB Good Music Times. Our weekend of FUN begins this FRIDAY with three Bands and a DJ. It all starts at 6:00 PM Friday when Madigans Party Bar will have singer songwriter Ade Adu on their music stage. Here we have a really neat performer that has the sound and style of Bob Marley, Dave Mathews, Seal, John Mayer and Richie Havens. He is a solo act who sings a broad range of genres including dance, hip-hop, reggae, rock,

R&B and jazz. Ade Adu’s smooth voice along with his acoustic guitar put on a unique and very entertaining show that is FUN to experience. Moving to 7:00 PM in Balloons, when Only Humen will be Humanizing Balloons music loving crowd. Only Humen, a three-piece classic rock band is another of the best cover bands we get to see here in Ellicottville. As a Balloons Regular Band for many years, they continue to be a perfect fit for the music & FUN-loving crowd that frequents Balloons. Following Only Humen, DJ Mo Chuck will keep the party rolling from Balloons Sound & Light Booth with his neat danceable selection of tunes and totally FUN conversation till close. Returning to 9:00 PM Friday, The Gin Mill will have RT Live on stage doing his acoustic version of many folk rock classics and country rock tunes. When billed as RT Live, he should be a solo act. However, sometimes one or two other local musicians may join in creating an even better and FUN Gin Mill night of music. Our weekend now rolls to SATURDAY, when seven bands and one DJ will be performing. We get started at 3:00 PM in T Bar of Holiday Valley’s Lodge with The Joe Wagner Band on stage. This will be the three-piece version, with Joe Wagner on guitar, Jim Copeland on percussion and Gary London on bass. Their music will be cover tunes from artists like Marshall Tucker, Pure Prairie, Pink Floyd and many more. Joe & company have been doing wonderful Ellicottville gigs for over thirty years. This will be another really neat après ski-day show at Holiday Valley. Back in The Village sometime between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM, Saturday, Dave Duffy will be in The Ellicottville Brewing Company doing his solo, acoustic, folk, rock guitar and vocals show. His start time will depend on when the crowd assembles to enjoy this neat show. The better the ski day, the later Dave Duffy will start his gig. Then at 5:00 PM Saturday, Balloons will host another traveling Chicago origin Blues with a Funky Style Band, Biscuit Miller & The Mix. Here we have a heavily touring four-piece group that always has a great rapport with their crowd. They do over 250 gigs a year in the US and abroad. They were here in November of 2012 and really put on a crowd involved Funky Blues show that was excellent. So for more Blues FUN, stop in Balloons this Saturday to enjoy Biscuit Miller and The Mix’s Funky Blues Show. Following Biscuit Miller & The Mix, DJ Flakey Frank, The Party Monster, will keep the Funky Blues Party going from Balloons Sound & Light Booth with FUN danceable tunes and all-ages friendly, yet off the wall chatter, till close. Also at 5:00 PM Saturday The PUB in Great Valley will have RT Live on stage doing his second gig of this weekend. Acoustic folk rock classics and country rock tunes done in RT’s unique style are the best. We believe RT will be a solo act. However, you never know. Bongos Freddie or other local musicians might join him

for this gig. Then at 9:30 PM Saturday, Three Easy Pieces will take over the music in The PUB. RT Live, Freddie Joseph and Jeff Johnson, who are The Three Easy Pieces, will be doing their neat version of acoustic, classic to southern and country rock. This will be a more intense and highpowered version of RT Live that will make more FUN Times happen in The PUB. Returning to 9:00 PM The JB Martin Band will be ROCKIN The Gin Mill with their revised version of Honky Tonk Oldies to Retro Rock N Roll tunes from five or six decades ago. Even though the name has changed, they still are a really FUN Party Promoting Band. The Gin Mill will have another FUN Time Band Night this Saturday. Also at 9:00 PM Saturday The Mick Hayes Band will be set up and doing a gig in Madigans Party Bar. Reverend Mick Hayes, an excellent solo Blues guitarist and vocalist, has been doing this blues thing for several years. His show includes both cover and original blues that, as Ruthie say’s, you can feel all the way to your soul. This show will be another hi-light of February’s final week and will have Madigans Blues Rockin. After another music free SUNDAY and MONDAY, we will look forward to Mardi Gras. However, before we leave Monday, Ellicottville’s Chicken Wing Fans need to check out Balloons and try their excellent wings that are served at only twenty-five cents each from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Mondays. Moving to TUESDAY, we will have one Band and Taco Tuesday. Madigans is home to Taco Tuesday. Jay’s excellent Tacos that are served at only one dollar each are what makes Taco Tuesday such great reason to visit Madigans every Tuesday evening. Then at 7:00 PM Tuesday The Twobadours will take the stage in The Gin Mill with their wonderful, acoustic southern rock to country rock music show. Red Gray and RP Jones always perform one of the very best shows we get to see here in Ellicottville. Their recent addition of The New Riders and The Grateful Dead to their great tune list continues to make this gig one of Ellicottville’s best. WEDNESDAY at 8:00 PM our week’s music becomes complete when The Gin Mill will have Joe Wagner & Pink Gary London doing their traditional, acoustic classic to folk to southern rock music show. Acoustic cover tunes done in Joe and Gary’s unique way, will usually include some Pink Floyd. This long running Gin Mill Wednesday tradition of music & FUN sometimes might have another local musician or two join in. Wednesday is another great night of Gin Mill music and FUN. One more note The Rotary Club of Ellicottville is sponsoring The McCarthy’s Celtic Thunder Event that will take place next Friday March 7, in The Ellicottville Town Center. This is ticketed event. Tickets are available at The Gin Mill or by calling716 699 8758 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM or from any Rotary Club member. C U Round The Music Scene Good Stuff No Worries.

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Cont. From Cover to staff and raising $137,587 in taxes, he said retirements could create savings and said the cuts will not decimate the district. Ward said distance learning, for instance, is likely to be cut, but he said, no students use the program at this time. The board will hold a


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Cont. From Cover style entertainment including the classic Irish folk band The Leftovers, Irish Dancers and some great surprises. This is a great value for Mardi Gras weekend as beer, wine & food are included in the price of the ticket. The special Irish brews from Ellicottville Brewing Company, red and white wine from E’ville Spirits and beef on weck from Dom’s Butcher Block. Traditional Irish potatoes will also be on the menu and Katy’s Cafe & Catering is serving desserts. Helping Benatovich and the Rotary


respect for laws and those that enforce them. This is coupled with staffing levels that allow nearly a one-toone ratio of counselors and campers. “In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Whitcomb said. “By becoming an honorary member of the New York State Sheriff’s Association you are supporting the Sheriff’s Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.” According to a release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, 31 children form the county will attend the camp. Whitcomb is asking that members of local communities take the time to

help these children out and become honorary members of the Sheriff’s Association. The association was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, which allows donations to be tax deductible. Honorary membership to the association is usually by invitation, however, those interested and not receiving an invitation can contact the Sheriff’s Office or visit www. to download an application. The solicitation of invited members is in a non-partisan format with invitees selected at random. For more information on the Sheriff’s Summer Camp or other programs offered through the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute, visit the website as well.

Club in the book project are Weed Ross Insurance and Northtown Automotive Companies. Tickets are going fast, but are still available for a $40 donation. A limited number of “Gold “ tickets are available for those individuals wishing to do a little bit more to help the cause, at $100 each. Please note that only $100 tickets will be available at the door. Please call (716) 699-8758 for details and tickets. The event takes place March 7 at 7 p.m. at the New Ellicottville Town Center’s Rotary Auditorium. This will also be the grand opening of the Rotary Auditorium, so it will be an extra special event for the community.

This unique fundraiser will fund publication of a book being written by local writer Katie Benatovich (above) as well as supporting Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.

this summer, but this time Washington Street will not have to be closed off for the event. Engineers Report Town engineer Mark Alianello reported that he had met with National Grid and confirmed there are only two streetlights at the Town Center complex. The town had been receiving a bill for three. They will correct the problem. Alianello also said National Grid had informed him the street light fixtures in town are the most efficient lights available. The possibility of installing a street light at the intersection of Elk Creek Drive and CR 13 was discussed. He reported the shields have been installed on the parking lot lights at Tim Horton’s. The next issue will be the illuminated signs for the ATM. The engineer reported on progress with the East Tank Project. He said the current bond counselors are taking too much time to draft bond proposals. He requested permission from the board to seek out new bond counselors. He said without a bond in place he cannot put the project out for bid. He said he is working on a plan for the access road, and the piping for hooking the tank into the town’s water supply.

He reported on a letter from Congressman Reed and phone calls from Senator Gillibrand centered around their urging FEMA to create the Physical Map Revision (PMR) for this region. The PMR will indicate what areas of the town are in a flood plane. The recent flood plane study revealed that several properties are not within a flood plane as previously thought. The final PMR will allow those property owners to not buy federally mandated flood insurance. One affected homeowner would be able to save $3,300 per year. Alianello said there are at least 20 homeowners in the town and village that will save money due to the new map. A plan was unveiled showing changes to Holiday Valley Road and the parking lots in front of the resort. Holiday Valley wants to relocate the road to move the parking lots on the same side of the road as the lodge. Grant Proposals There was news regarding several grant proposals. First it was reported that the grant application for the recreational trail has been turned down. There was a motion made to apply for funding from another grant (TAP). The motion passed, and the meeting was adjourned.


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The meeting was opened to privilege of the floor, but there were no members of the general public present, so the meeting went on. The department reports were accepted as submitted. Officer in Charge Don Auge was sick, so his report was given by the supervisor. It was discussed that the police department will start enforcing the two hour parking limit on Monroe and Washington streets. This is a request from the Village Mayor. Too many of the restaurant and store employees have been parking on those streets taking up valuable parking for the tourists. SOPs and Special Events The Supervisor reports the police manual of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) has been completed by Don Auge. The board had read through them and for the most part had only minor changes, mostly having to do with some titles and verbiage. They received updates on Mardi Gras, the Summer Music Festival, and Jazz & Blues Weekend. There will be another bicycle event

Ward also reported students will each be given the opportunity computers to take home beginning next week. Spring coaches were appointed during the session include: Chris Mendell, varsity baseball; Nick Smith, seventh, eighth and ninth grade modified baseball; Matt Finn, varsity softball; Dave McCann, junior varsity softball; Tammy Eddy modified softball; Dan LaCroix, golf, and Vince Oliverio, trap.


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budget work session at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6. A rally to restore state Gap Elimination Adjustments that are causing schools to cut offerings such as art, music, electives, sports clubs and more will be held at 7 p.m. March 10 at the school. Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the state school finance consortium, will speak, with people from Cattaraugus and neighboring counties expected to attend. In other news, the district is being audited for 2013.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Pursuant to Section 7-728 of the NYS Village Law, a public hearing before the Village of Ellicottville Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the Ellicottville Town Hall, 1 West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York to consider: Wanted: A cash register business is booming at the north end of Monroe St. in Ellicottville. Zoning Board of Appeal Application No. ZBA-2014-01 See Sean at The City Garage. An application by John Canavan (owner) of 5 Elizabeth Street for an Area Variance of the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirement for platted lots in the Village of Ellicottville as established for the Village Residential (VR) zoning district as defined by Section 3A.2.C.6 of the Village Zoning Local Law of 2012. The purpose for this Area Variance request is to allow for the construction of an accessory structure (garage) located at 5 Elizabeth Street. The proposed FAR would be 30 percent to the allowable 20 percent for lots under 15,999 square feet. Application materials are available for review from the Village of Ellicottville Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer at the Department of Public Works March 1 Turner dining hall will be open to spectators for Winter Carnival 2014! Events take place on March Building, 9 Mill Street from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., weekdays. The Zoning Board Comedy Night food and beverages. Races begin at 9:00AM and end 8 and 9 throughout the resort and in the Village of Appeals will hear all interested persons with regard to this application at the public Premier Banquet Center, Olean, Buffet Olean at 3:00PM right outside the dining hall. Proceeds of Ellicottville. For more info visit http://www. hearing. Persons wishing to do so may submit written comments at or prior to the - Dinner 6-7:15 PM, Show 7:30 PM. Come and from the race benefit Camp Turner, a non-profit enjoy an evening filled with plenty of food, drinks organization run by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. hearing. - Mary J. Klahn, Village Clerk


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Pursuant to Section 7-725-b of the NYS Village Law, a public hearing before the Village of Ellicottville Planning Board will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the Ellicottville Town Hall, 1 West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York to consider: Planning Board Application No. PB-2014-02 An application by Dan Mergenhagen for a Special Use Permit for approval to construct an apartment in an existing building located at 9 Mechanic Street. In consideration of the provisions of the Village of Ellicottville Zoning Local Law of 2012 (Section 5 –Special Use Permits), the Village Planning Board is in the process of reviewing this application for a Special Use Permit to establish an apartment in an existing accessory building on this property. On conclusion of the public hearing, the Planning Board will take action on this Special Use Permit application. As such, a public hearing has been scheduled for this application on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 as noted above. On conclusion of the public hearing, the Planning Board will convene to take action on this Special Use Permit application. Application materials are available for review from the Village of Ellicottville Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer at the Department of Public Works Building, 9 Mill Street from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., weekdays. The Planning Board will hear all interested persons within regard to this application at the public hearing. Persons wishing to do so may submit written comments at or prior to the public hearing. - Mary Klahn, Village Clerk

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING; PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village of Ellicottville Board of Trustees, by official Resolutions adopted February 10, 2014, moved to initiate consideration of adoption of the update of the Zoning Local Law of 2009 by introduction of a proposed “Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2014”, entitled “A Local Law Amending Local Law No. 3 of 2009 – Zoning Local Law as previously amended by Local Law No. 1 of the Year 2011 and Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2012”. The proposed law modifies the existing zoning law by revisions to Section 3-A of the Zoning Local Law by adding a Village Commercial District – 3A (VC-3A) to allow for the reuse of a former industrial/manufacturing building located at 16 Martha Street (Tax ID 55.036-2-36) for residential apartments as well as less intensive retail service uses to enhance and foster the continuation of the visual character, scale, and vitality of the Village, to provide for those trades and service uses that may be compatible in scale or use with Village infrastructure and municipal services, and to encourage the preservation of existing structures within the District. Also revision of the Zoning Map to set forth Village Commercial District – 3A (VC-3A) and to rezone a portion of 16 Martha Street as Residential Development District – Medium Density (MD). The provisions of the proposed amendments to the currently adopted Zoning Local Law of 2009 of the Village of Ellicottville are intended as the continuation of the current zoning laws, ordinances and resolutions, and will be reaffirmed by the adoption of this proposed local law. To the extent of any modifications or changes to the existing local law, ordinances and resolutions contained in this local law, such changes shall be deemed to be effective as of the effective date of enactment of this local law. THEREFORE, pursuant to the Village Law and the Zoning Local Law of 2009 (Section 21), a public hearing shall be held before the Village of Ellicottville Board of Trustees at the Ellicottville Town/Village Hall, 1 West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York at 6:00 P.M. on the 10th day of March, 2014, for the purpose of considering the adoption of proposed Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2014 entitled, “A Local Law Amending Local Law No. 3 of 2009 – Zoning Local Law as previously amended by Local Law No. 1 of the Year 2011 and Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2012” and hearing all persons interested in the proposed Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2014. A copy of the aforesaid proposed Local Law is available at the Office of the Village Clerk for inspection by any interested person during business hours. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that such public hearing will be held for the further purpose of soliciting public comment on the proposal contained in Environmental Assessment Forms prepared in regard to such Zoning Local Law by the Village Engineer and filed with the Village Board of Trustees that the adoption of such local law will not have significant impact on the environment and that, therefore, a negative declaration will be prepared. BY ORDER OF THE VILLAGE OF ELLICOTTVILLE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dated: February 10, 2014. Mary Klahn, Village Clerk

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Once again it’s time for Winter Parking rules to go into effect within the Village of Ellicottville. From December 1st through March 31st, there is NO PARKING between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Washington Street between Jefferson Street to Mill Street; and on Monroe Street from Martha Street to Elizabeth Street. This will allow the Village D.P.W. crews to clear the streets of snow within the business district. Please do not park across sidewalks within the Village in order that they may also be cleared. As a further reminder, the last MAJOR TRASH collection of this year will be on Monday, November 25th. Tires, electronics (microwaves, TV’s, computers) or hazardous wastes and chemicals will not be removed. Thank you for your cooperation. Howard T. Gifford

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