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WHAT’S SHAKIN IN EVL:.......PAGE 8 January 11 - 17, 2018

Volume 13 ~ Issue 3

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Music Notes

1887 Condos Update

Winter Blues Weekend

Happening Next Weekend; January 19 and 20

VPB Approves Sign for Condo Offerings in 1887 Building

7 Monroe Street ~ 699-2199 INVISIBLE TOUCH DUO

Friday, January 12th, 8PM BRIAN RICHARDS

Saturday, January 13th, 8PM

Story by John Thomas Staff Writer

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THE RIG Saturday, January 13th, 6PM

KARAOKE WITH DJ Z-LICIOS Sunday, January 14th, 10PM

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OZONE RANGERS Friday, January 12th, 7PM JEREMIAH JOHNSON Saturday, January 13th, 6PM

On Tuesday night the Village Planning Board approved the developers sign offering condos for sale in the 1887 Building, otherwise known as the Old Schoolhouse. The banners will be mounted on the north and west walls of the edifice. It was determined the banners met the size restrictions for downtown signs. The banners indicate the condos will be for sale in the fall of this year.

The Board also considered the site plan and architectural design for a new home to be built at 27 Adams. The lot, at 7.1 acres, is one of the last remaining large lots in the village. The planned two-story home will be 4,513 square feet and will feature a detached garage with two lock-out rooms on the second floor. Lock-out rooms have no kitchen and are used for storage. In reviewing the plans, the board See “PLANNING” Page 7

Ellicottville, NY -- You’ve hit that final run on the slopes and winter’s hold has taken control. All you want to do is go back to the chalet and hunker down for a while. Sounds like the right way to end the day, right? Not in Ellicottville. Why not break those winter doldrums and head into the Village for some great music and amazing fun at the Winter Blues Weekend, presented by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce?

See “BLUES” Page 7

Photo of the Week Contest: Win 2 Ski Passes To Holiday Valley Ski Resort! Contest Runs Weekly! Submit Photos to The Villager on Facebook or

Aleksa Wants to Fight

Village Mourns Former Mayor

Benefit Dinner and Event for Child Battling Cancer 20 Washington Street ~ 699-2530

MO PORTER TRIO Friday, January 12th, 9PM JOE QUICK Saturday, January 13th, 9PM

28 Monroe Street ~ 699-ALES

THE CLAUDIA HOYSER DUO Saturday, January 13th, 4-8PM

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue... Ellicottville Roots:

Next weekend, January 19 and 20, venues all over the village will be hosting regional acts to get you out and about with your friends, or maybe make some new ones. You can’t go wrong with 12 acts over two nights. Where else can you find Patti Parks and Tommy Z, and Ade Adu and the Growlers Blues Band all together, and so much more? The 2018 music schedule is filling

Tea, Anyone?... Page 5

It Could Change The World

Former Mayor Charles Coolidge Succumbs to Pneumonia

By Jenny Herman

The day before Thanksgiving of 2017, 8 year old Aleksa Carey along with her family, received the news that she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer affecting the nervous system which has developed into bone cancer. This devastating news certainly came as a shock to the family, but Aleksa, who has now undergone three rounds of chemo therapy, has tried her best to remain positive although she is eager to play and misses going to school and seeing friends as often. Aleksa’s necessary treatments require extended visits to the Buffalo Children’s Hospital, where the team is optimistic about her See “BENEFIT” Page 7

Story by John Thomas Staff Writer

Longtime Mayor of the Village of Ellicottville Charles R. Coolidge died last week from complications of pneumonia at Olean General Hospital. Well-liked and respected by the community Charles Coolidge left an indelible mark on the Village. He was known as an affable mayor and a good neighbor to the residents on Rockwell Avenue. He voluntarily mowed the lawns and snow blowed the driveways and walks of the houses on Rockwell. It was while snow blowing one of his neighbor’s driveways last Tuesday that the trouble began. Mr. Coolidge came into his home complaining of being cold. He settled down next to Sharon his

2008 World Harmony Run, Charlie Coolidge welcomes the runners with Annie Widger.

wife, and tried to warm up. She tried to aid him with blankets, but he kept shivering. That evening he was transported to Olean General and was diagnosed with the flu. The See “LOSS” Page 7

Snow Removal Questions Grant Dollars Help Camp Board Tackles Snow Removal Problems

Funds State Park Backpacking Excursions

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer

A cup of tea. It changed the heart of one man. Cup by cup, perhaps it can change our world.

What’s Shakin’ In E’ville:... Page 6

Whether Outside or In, Ellicottville is the Town to Be In By MouthSayTongue Well it was a cold but snowy Canadian Friendship Week and the village and the valley had lots of people in town having fun. This is a holiday weekend too with Martin Luther King Day on Monday and the weather looks good so get out there and have a ball. We start our fun on Thursday at The Gin Mill with Joseph and Johnson from 8-11pm. These guys do an acoustic percussive set of covers from the 60-90’s and the bar has 26 drafts.....

Ski Resort Updtaes... Page 4 & 5 Updates From Holiday Valley & HoliMont

Illegal ATM The mood was a bit pensive at the Village Board meeting Monday night. To that end, Village Mayor John Burrell uncharacteristically announced there was no good news to announce at the start of the meeting. While reviewing the minutes from last December’s meeting Trustee, Greg Cappelli asked about the ATM in front of Katy’s Café. Last month the Planning Board passed a resolution requiring the removal of the cash machine within two weeks. Although it has cardboard and box straps around it, rendering it unusable, it is still there a month later. Mr. Cappelli asked what action the board could take next. Code Enforcement Officer said the next action would be to issue a citation. The Mayor pointed out the Board would need to appoint someone to be a prosecutor to take the owners to court. Snow Removal During business from the floor, businesswoman Arleen Solly brought up issues with snow removal. She seemed to feel the Village was not adequately removing snow from the Village’s sidewalks. She said her employees have to shovel the front of the store, and it is a hardship for them. In addition, Ms. Solly said the salt distributed by the Village gets tracked into the stores ruining the floors and carpets. Mr. Burrell defended the Public Works Department saying they are starting

Monies coming from Cattaraugus County and New York State will be used to support Camp Turner, located in the Quaker Lake area of Allegany State Park. The Camp has announced they’ve been awarded a $4,000 grant, courtesy of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau and the office of New York State Senator Catherine Young. The funding will be used to support the Camp’s thriving and growing wilderness adventure program, according to Director John Mann. Mann is happy to explain where the camp is heading. “We’ve started our backpacking program about nine years ago. We will use them (the

See “BOARD” Page 6

See “CAMP” Page 6

By Nicholas Pircio

Winter Blues Weekend : January 19th & 20th, 2018 : Ellicottville NY

Page 2 ~ The Villager ~ January 11 - 17, 2018

Publisher’s Word “Lucky Snow”




Views from this 3+ BR/ 2 BA chalet, wrap around porch, heated barn with loft on 12 acres, new roof, mins to town walk to everything! MLS#B1092515…$425,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Affordable, furnished & equipped, 3br 2 bath getaway spot just 2 miles from the village! MLS#B1021423…$139,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

5/3.1 has views of the slopes all year round. Kitchen f/ hickory cabinets, pro. gas stove, granite counters & butcher-block island. MLS#B1071894…$810,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




Grab this chance to own this building, adjacent to the Rails to Trails, updated for handicap accessibility, in the heart of the business district. MLS#B1087495…$395,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Owner has reduced the price! Let a tenant help pay your mortgage. Home includes a two-bedroom upper apartment, and pleasant yard. MLS#B489374…$95,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

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




Lovingly maintained & fully furnished this 3/3 sits less than 2 miles from HV and close to State Land. Quick drive to the village! MLS#B487852…$329,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

City chic meets slopeside luxury in this HM chalet. 5/3.5 off the hill makes skiing in/out a breeze! Heated driveway, 2 car gar., HT & more! MLS#B508028…$795,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Enjoy the sights & convenience of Ellicottville in this 1700 sq ft condo that takes urban sophistication to a whole new level, includes parking! MLS#B1064606…$515,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




Walk to the Clubhouse & HoliMont Ski Lifts or stroll to the Village from this “Ski Central” Location!! MLS#B1083654…$355,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

Tips Up has been an EVL staple for 3 decades, start the restaurant back up or bring new ideas! 2/1.1 Apt on the third 2nd flr! Owner Financing! MLS#B1057254…$834,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Move right in to this furnished midlevel end unit townhouse in desirable HoliMont location, with 4 bdrms, 2 bas, fireplace, priced to move! MLS#B1070281…$249,900 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




Slope views in this 5 BR/ 3.5 BA chalet – living and family rm, 2 FP, huge open kitchen, on 5 acres with pond, with Finger Lakes trail above! MLS#B1016839…$529,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

This 3/1 Salamanca home is full of potential. Mud Rm entry, spacious first flr living feat. large bdrm, full ba, laundry, kitchen, living & dining. MLS#B1042336…$39,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Development opportunity in the heart of WNY’s most popular skiing destination! Four-season community. Walking Distance to Village! MLS#B487691…$44,900 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




Affordable, move in ready mobile home sits 10 mins from Ellicottville. This 2/2 has stick built additions including mudroom & laundry! MLS#B1089496…$95,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Perfect for year-round or ski families, almost 2 acres, 5 BR, 4 BA, gas fireplace, separate studio plus barn, huge deck and yard. MLS#B505616...$399,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Minutes to everything, yet private and peaceful, this pristine 5+ acre lot is located in popular subdivision with additional lot available. MLS#B1045211…$39,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




Vacation home without breaking the bank! Located in a well-maintained and well-managed mobile home park just 10 mins from the ski slopes. MLS#B1059119...$49,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Tastefully updated one bdrm condo with new gas fireplace, easy access to slopes, tennis courts, golf course, trials – at a price you will love! MLS#B1064683…$89,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Recently updated 3br 2.5 bath with covered hot tub deck!! Low Utilities, no HOA fees & fully furnished!! MLS#B1031401…$259,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

Another lovely week in our favorite little village – mid-winter and all’s well in Ellicottville, N.Y. Pretty

scenery, lots of visitors, and plenty of snow for those who want to play outside. No complaints, here – everything’s going along just perfectly, according to the “Enchanted Mountains Play Book.” I’m happy, you’re happy and our merchants are happy. Is it just coincidence or good luck we do so well here in the wintertime? With the exception of how much snow Mother Nature decides to give us, the success of our village is built on experience, imagination and careful planning. Mayor Burrell and the Village Board know this all too well; so

does our local Chamber of Commerce, all the merchants, HoliMont, Holiday Valley – the list goes on and on. Because of everyone’s singular skill set and area of expertise, Ellicottville keeps happily humming along. So dear readers, know that luck is often the by-product of hard work and dedication to the cause. In our case, that means everyone benefits from everyone’s efforts. Just know we’re all lucky to be in this particular place at this particular time in our collective lives! Have fun and be safe… Until next week… JZ-C

Happy Birthday

Tom Calderon ..... Jan. 11th • Nadine Tomasulo ..... Jan. 12th Jamie Obenauer ..... Jan. 12th • Miguel Azcarate ..... Jan. 15th Harrison Cornelius ..... Jan. 15th Dan Haglund .... January 18 • Howard Gifford .... January 19 Kayla Goode .... January 19 • Carson Hoag .... January 20 Connor Callaghan .... Jan. 21 • Bonnie Koschir ... Jan. 22 Mike Paterniti ..... January 22 • Bernie Auer ..... January 23

Ellicottville Food Pantry 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 670 - Year to date 2,294

Howard Hanna Winter Collection The Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and The Villager have joined forces in collecting new or gently used coats, hats & mittens for the Salamanca Youth. A drop off box is located at the Howard Hanna office at 34 Washington St., Ellicottville. Donations will be accepted all winter long during normal business hours 7 days a week. Please help us in making it a warmer winter......Warm Hearts Happen Here!

~ Coolidge Obituary ~ Charles R Coolidge ~ 1947-2018

ELLICOTTVILLE, NY - Charles R. Coolidge ,70, of Ellicottville, NY passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Olean General Hospital.
 He was born August 16, 1947 in Buffalo, NY the son of the late Michael and Madeline (Schuster) Coolidge.
Mr. Coolidge is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Sharon (Kessler) Coolidge.
Charles was the longest sitting Mayor of Ellicottville, NY which office he held for 18 years, enjoying every moment of service to his community. He also worked for the Cattaraugus Highway Dept. for 33 years retiring as Road Section Supervisor. He was on the Board of Directors of FASNY, Lifetime member of the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Dept., and Located at Holiday Valley inside the Tamarack Club


Past President and Lifetime member of Southwestern Vol. Fireman’s Association. He was a ten year board member of the Fireman’s Home on the Hudson of FASNY, member and usher of Holy Name of Mary RC Church in Ellicottville for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman and was a loving husband , father and grandfather and friend to many. He also took care of his neighbors on his street mowing and snow blowing their driveways.
Besides his loving wife he is survived by 3 sons; Chuck (Anne) Coolidge and Bill Coolidge both of Ellicottville, NY, and Rob (Kate) Coolidge of Medina, OH, and 11 grandchildren Elizabeth, Hannah, Emmett, Breanna, Alessia, Brooke, Kayleigh,

Joshua, Cooper, Chase and Hunter.
 Also surviving are 3 sisters; Lorraine (Walter) Marsh of Machias, Marian Gartz of Kentucky and Patricia (Harold) Morton of West Valley, NY and several nieces and nephews.
 He was predeceased by a sister Peggy Coolidge.
Friends may call at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City Street in Little Valley, NY on Monday January 8, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.
A Mass of Christian of Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 11 AM from Holy Name of Mary RC Church in Ellicottville, NY.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Fireman’s Home on the Hudson, Shriner’s Hospital or St. Jude’s

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Ellicottville Mourns the Passing of a Beautiful Soul

By Chad Neal Paige Thomas instantly made friends when she came to Ellicottville almost two years ago dressed in her flannel shirt and cowgirl boots. She moved to Otto as she worked in Springville at Lowes and found the social life in Ellicottville enticing. Recently we lost Paige suddenly and it floored her friends and loved ones hard. Her unexpected passing was surprising to those of us who became good friends. No one would have guessed she lived

with these “demons” through her bright smile; she made it a point to share happiness with everyone she met. As she grew as a part of the local scene in Ellicottville - love had found her as well. Tyler Auteri of the Butcher Block and Paige became very close. Auteri has become a known figure in Ellicottville as a business owner and all around citizen. Paige and Tyler shared a lot in common due to their downhome country lifestyles they grew up knowing. As the devastating news spread, the community came together to show our sympathies and love for the ones closest to her in our town. The young girl of only 24 was happy when outdoors and making others smile. Paige was social and loved to laugh. One of the phrases she would always say to her friends is “I love your face!” as she flashed her bright smile. She recently enjoyed a trip to Costa Rica with Auteri

and several of her friends. As she grew more into our community and made her own set of friends and family her relationships became stronger. Tyler Auteri had become very close as Paige’s boyfriend and wanted to express his sentiment about the loss of his girlfriend. Auteri wrote: “In today’s world [life] can be consumed by the negativity around us. Sometimes a smile and kind words is all it takes to cancel it out. Anyone who knew Paige would tell you the thing they remember was her contagious smile. Maybe not always a kind word, but that just meant she really liked you and it made you smile even more. If I learned one thing it was this: “be the change you want to see in the world” because sometimes a kind word and a smile is all it takes to cancel out all the negativity and brings out all that’s good in life.”

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Dugan Family Brings The News to Steamboat Avery, Michelle, and Blake Dugan in Steamboat, CO over the New Year’s Holiday - Taking a break to read the Villager after carving some morning turns on the mountain!

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Ray Evans Theater

Free Movies at Ray Evans Theater in Salamanca January 20 On Saturday, Jan 20th, enjoy 2 free movies being shown at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater! At 2pm, Ninjago the movie will be playing, following by Dunkirk at 7pm.   In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting father against son, the

epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission,

330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. Kids receive Free popcorn and water at this showing, courtesy of Kiwanis Club. The Ray Evans Seneca Theater, Salamanca Public Library, Allegany State Park, Salamanca Kiwanis Club, EnergyMark, LLC, Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino and Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce bring you two popular feature films that are sure to please everyone in your family! For more information on this event please visit http://

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By Brooke Szpaicher Attention all women skiers, it’s your turn for a fun, informative and fulfilling two days on the ski slopes! For all those years of getting everyone else organized, packing lunches, gathering

the hats, gloves and goggles, here’s your chance to grab some just-for-you time on the slopes. Professional skier, coach and racer, Lisa Densmore Ballard and Holiday Valley’s Snowsports School present “Your Turn” Women’s Clinic at Holiday Valley on January 25th and 26th. Intermediate to advanced women skiers will gain more confidence in different snow conditions and on more challenging terrain…and have fun while doing it. Lisa has a unique way of communicating her understanding of equipment and technique and explaining them in ways that make sense. She uses video analysis of each skier and gives plenty of personal

feedback. And there’s lots of group camaraderie, resulting in friendships and new ski partners! Cost of the clinic is $290.00 and it includes 2 days of coaching, demo skis and lectures about the equipment and proper boot fitting, plenty of skiing with Lisa and Holiday Valley Instructors, video analysis of each participant, a continental breakfast each day, 2 lunches and one dinner and door prizes! Specially priced lift tickets are available. A lodging special at the Inn at Holiday Valley is offered for Wednesday and Thursday nights; Call 800323-0020. For more details go to www.holidayvalley. com/womenskiclinic.

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By Brooke Szpaicher Ellicottville, New York, December 29, 2017 . . . The origins of the kicksled, a prevailing mode of selfpropelledwintertransportation, can be traced back to late 19th century Scandinavia. Since its inception, the kicksled has become a standard method of conveyance about snowridden countries such as Finland, Sweden and Norway. The kicksled is a small, lightweight sled consisting of a chair mounted atop two extended metal runners, which the rider stands on, behind the chair. Think of it

as a snow scooter, propelled by a kicking motion of the rider. The kicksled operates best on a firm, packed snow surface and the speed is totally controlled by the rider, with easily attainable speeds of 1012mph (16-19km/h). Kicksleds are an enjoyable alternative to cross country skiing and suitable for all ages. Kicksledding is a great family activity for after skiing or a romantic evening outing. The Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley now provides daily kicksled rentals in both adult and child-size sleds, each equipped with lights for riding at dawn or dusk. The rental

rate for each is $10 per hour and the sled-packed, lower cross country trails are open for kicksled riding. The lower cross country trails can also be utilized for cross country skiing and snow-shoeing. For more information on kicksleds, snow conditions, trail information or to book your stay, call 716.699.2644. Visit for more information. About Holiday Valley Resort - Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year ‘round resort featuring 60 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slope side lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18 hole golf course, a tree top aerial adventure park, a mountain coaster and a summer pool complex. Holiday Valley is New York State’s most visited ski resort. Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville is on the web at Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto.

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and skiers from under age 7 through age 60+. The event takes place on the specially shaped Moonshadow Boardercross course, serviced by the Morning Star lift. Four competitors start simultaneously and try to be the first to finish the course that consists of jumps, rollers and banked turns. Registration is at the Resort Services Center on Saturday and at the Holiday Valley Mountain Sports Center at the base of Yodeler on Sunday, starting at 8:00 AM. The cost to enter is $28 per day, and a specially priced event lift ticket is available for $42 for age 11 and under or $56 for age 12 and over.

There is a $15 bib deposit that is refunded when the bib is returned. Qualifying runs start at 10AM, with one event finishing by noon and the second taking place in the afternoon. There are a total of 6 Boardercross events scheduled in Western New York and the top finishers in each age group in 4 of 6 events will qualify for the USASA Nationals this spring at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Other USASA events include Slopestyle, Rails, Giant Slalom and Slalom. For more information about USASA go to for Western New York details, or usasa. org for national information.


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~ The Villager ~ Page 5

January 11 - 17, 2018

SKIING,PURE AND SIMPLE w w w. h o l i m o n t . c o m

HoliMont Update

New Date For SkiScape at HoliMont February 20th Ellicottville, NY- Due to the inclement weather warning and excitement surrounding the Buffalo Bills’ Playoff Game on Sunday, January 7th, Kids Escaping Drugs and the HoliMont Ski Resort have decided to reschedule the 20th Annual SkiScape event. The new date will be Tuesday, February 20th, which is the day after Presidents Day. All other event details will remain the same. Registration is still open and Lift Tickets for the event can be purchased at SkiScape. SkiScape is an annual fundraising event that attracts individuals, families, businesses, and schools from all over Western New York each year in honor of addiction recovery and awareness. The theme for the 2018 event is “Shred the Stigma of Addiction” because

the disease of addiction does not discriminate. Each participant will be asked to dedicate their first run of the day to addiction recovery and awareness. In addition, tribute boards will be available on site to share memories or messages of hope. All proceeds from SkiScape will go directly to support Kids Escaping Drugs, which actively provides the resources needed to educate our community on the serious substance abuse epidemic that is plaguing Western New York. Kids Escaping Drugs proactively works with at-risk youth to provide early intervention and education services through our Face2Face program, which reaches over 16,000 local adolescents each year. In addition, proceeds from this event will also benefit the Renaissance Campus Facility,

WNY’s only residential treatment program for teens suffering from substance abuse and addiction. Lift tickets are $75 each and include a full day of snowboarding or skiing at HoliMont, a hot catered lunch by Dina’s Restaurant, and an event t-shirt. “Kids Escaping Drugs is proud to serve Cattaraugus County, especially through our Face2Face programming. SkiScape gives us a great opportunity to bring awareness to the local community” says Suzanne D’Amico, Director of Development. SkiScape is proudly presented by HoliMont and sponsored by WGRZ-TV Channel 2 On Your Side, West Herr Automotive Group, Eastern Hills Mall and Commons, and EnergyMark LLC.

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Brrrr. We’ve certainly been experiencing our share of frigid weather this past month, with more on the way. Well, it is only January. Winter has truly only just begun. But, with all those chilled hands, feet, noses and bones, a cup of steaming, fragrant tea sounds very inviting, wouldn’t you say? Just think about it for a

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into your hands. Finally, bring that up to your chilled lips and take a sip, enjoying all that this ancient art form brings to you. It is amazing how a simple cup of tea can not only warm the body, but the heart as well. The quaint custom of afternoon tea was introduced in England 1840 by a Duchess who got hungry between lunch and fashionably late dinner. Eventually, it turned into a rather formal affair with fancily attired ladies daintily munching on sliced cucumber sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream, cakes, pastries, and, of course, tea grown in India or Ceylon served into bone china cups from silver tea pots. There have been several of these delightful afternoon teas offered in our community in the past. Here’s hoping another is in the pipeline. Earlier this year, I took my granddaughter to high tea in Buffalo along with a friend of See “ROOTS” page 8







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Well it was a cold but snowy Canadian Friendship Week and the village and the valley had lots of people in town having fun. This is a holiday weekend too with Martin Luther King Day on Monday and the weather looks good so get out there and have a ball. We start our fun on Thursday at The Gin Mill with Joseph and Johnson from 8-11pm. These guys do an acoustic percussive set of covers from the 60-90’s and the bar has 26 drafts and the kitchen is open till 11pm weeknights. FRIDAY Balloons kicks things off with The Ozone Rangers from 7-10pm. These guys have been doing covers from the 60’s- now for at least 10 years and have a penchant for ZZ Top music. Dj Xcite will follow till 2am with dance tunes for your mosh. On the other side of Monroe St at Villaggio’s from 8-11pm Invisible Touch Duo. This duo plays acoustic covers from the 80’s and lists Michael McDonald and Hall and Oates as influences. Don’t forget the wonderful wine list, vino magnifico. Back to the Gin Mill they have The Mo Porter Trio from 9-1am. This band has been playing in E’ville for as long as I can remember and do covers from the 60-today with an emphasis on the 70’s and Doors music. Don’t forget the latest kitchen in the village open till midnight and


Cont. From Cover to plow at 4am seven days a week and stated they are tired. He added one of the sidewalk plows is not working and the new plow isn’t doing what it was supposed to do. Interim Highway Superintendent Mark Chudy said they can’t plow when people are present, which is why they start at 4am. Going on the Mayor said the Village plows all the Village sidewalks once per day but said it is the responsibility of all home and business owners to keep the sidewalk in front of their property clear of snow. Burrell said five different snow plows are coming to the Town to be evaluated. They will pick the unit that best fits the need of the Town and Village. Paid Family Leave Program The Mayor introduced April Hartlof. She addressed the board about the Paid Family Leave program from the State. She said the goal of the new program is to assist employees with any of three problems: It can provide for up to 12 months paid leave for a parent to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health problem, or relieve family pressures when a family member is called for active military service abroad. The program is mandatory for private employers but is optional for municipalities. The Village or Town can either opt-in or opt-out. The Village may opt-out now and later join if desired. Payments into the program are paid by the employee as part of their disability deduction. Since it is a new program, it will


Cont. From Cover backpacks) this summer in both our C.I.T and Explorer programs.” One of these programs takes a four-night backpacking trip, the other a three-night backpacking trip. The trips go through either the Allegheny National Forest, or through

26 beers on tap. Madigans will have Dj Cobra Con from 10-2am layin down some slide for your gyrations. Specialty drinks from the A-Team and foosball and pool makes for an entertaining evening. SATURDAY Saturday starts off at Ellicottville Brewing Company from 4-8pm in the Garden Room with The Claudia Hoyser Duo. They play modern country, pop covers and originals and Claudia has an EP out and has had some chart time on country stations around the country. Try out one of EBC’s many fantastic beers or something off the delicious menu while you listen. Just a couple doors down Monroe and we’re back at Balloons for another international touring act, Jeremiah Johnson Band returns on the main stage from 6-9:30pm. These guys are from St Louis and play some smoking blues and country originals. Take home some merch. Dj Xcite will be slammin the grunk from the sound booth till 2am so you can bust a move on their two dance floors. Over at Madigans from 6-10pm The Rig will be playing. This buffalo cover band sites Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Clapton, Stevie Ray as some of their influences. Dj TSwift will follow till 2am with some dance music so you can hit the quan.

Next up Villaggio will host Brian Richards from 8-11pm. He will be playing an acoustic dinner set to accompany your Italian feast. Mangia, Mangia. Last up The Gin Mill will have Joe Quick from 9-1am. He will be playing some country covers and originals and likes to get the crowd involved. 26 draught beers and the kitchen is open till midnight so you can après till late. Monday night is wing night at Balloons. 25-cent wings and lot’s of draft beers and big screen TV’s for Sabres games or hockey. Always a good time and pleasant wait staff. The oldest music tradition in E’ville is Wings, Wagner, Winston, Wednesday. A 33 years good music, cheap wings and cold beer with a sports on the flat screen and sometimes some ski movies. It’s what ski towns are all about. If you’re looking for a fun night with the Mrs. try date night at the Silver Fox Steakhouse every Wednesday starting at 5pm. $46 gets you a salad and two glasses of wine an appetizer and an entrée. It’s a wonderful affordable way to spend the night. I want to say congratulations to The Bills for breaking the streak and making it back to the playoffs. They have some work to do but hopefully this is a place they can build from. Here’s to a long and snowy winter and always remember, SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!

take up to four years to fully fund the insurance pool. In the meanwhile, employees vested in the program may take up to six months leave. A motion was made to opt-out of the program for now, which passed. Zoning Code Revisions Village Planner Gary Palumbo presented the draft of proposed changes to the Village’s Zoning Codes. Among the proposed amendments are eliminate the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) from the commercial district, establish the Four Corners Overlay district, change the outdoor lighting requirements, and rules for regulating sandwich signs on Village streets. It was the sandwich signs that brought up the most debate with the board. One of the proposed changes requires a permit for businesses to have a sandwich sign. One of the board members felt it was unnecessary to have business owners obtain one more permit. The Planner rejoined by saying requiring a permit makes the codes enforceable. This brought up a discussion as what the requirements for sandwich signs should be. Trustee Cappelli said he was aware of communities that had signs for businesses that seemed effective without sandwich boards. Trustee Spencer Murry said he would arrange a meeting with business owners to work out rules for the triangular freestanding signs. The Mayor reported on a meeting with Energy Mark, the Village’s electricity supplier. He said last year the Village had paid a flat fee for power of .0479 per kilowatt hour, and the Village had saved $187. He placed a call to

Kevin Clough to see what the new flat rate would be for the next year. Mr. Clough did not want to give a specific answer that evening but said he would call the Mayor with a bid in the morning. The board decided to have the Mayor get the quote, then have a brief meeting in the morning to make a decision. Mr. Burrell also mentioned a meeting he had with Acadia Energy. They are proposing setting up a “micro grid” for the Village that could save it some money. A motion was passed to authorize the Mayor to sign the final draft of the inter-municipal agreement regarding the Town/Village Department of Public Works. Engineering Report Nick Dobmeier mentioned the baffle curtain in one of the Treatment Plant lagoons needs replacing. He also confirmed the eight heavy metals they tested for are at non-detectable levels in the sludge at the bottom of the lagoon. The specifications for the removal are 90% done. He said he would have the specs to the DEC by January 18th. Mary Klahn said many parttime residents are shocked when their sewer bill comes in reflecting peak season sewer demand. She suggested the rates be changed to make the bills more consistent. The local law would have to be changed. Mayor Burrell asked Village Attorney Kathleen Moriarty to work on a revision and present it at the next board meeting. A public hearing will be held in March for the new rates. The meeting was adjourned “in memory of Charles R. Coolidge who served the Village as Mayor for 18 years. May he rest in peace.” The board then went into executive session.

the State Park using the North Country trail. Around Salamanca and Great Valley, the North Country trail is operated by the Finger Lakes Trail Association. “It’s a hiking trail for backpackers and is maintained by private citizens through the trail associations along the trail. The Finger Lakes Trail is hundreds of miles long, while the North Country

Trail extends up through Michigan. We just walk a little bit of it.” One of the trips is about 25 miles, the other 18 miles, and is part of Camp Turner’s Wilderness Adventure Programs. The old backpacks have seen lots of wear and sorely needed to be replaced. According to Mann, “We were initially equipped with See CAMP page 8

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a desire to have the exterior look of the home be consistent with the adjoining property. Mr. Teller said it would. Village Planner Gary Palumbo said the lock-out rooms would require a special use permit and would need a public hearing. The public hearing was set for February 13th at 5:30pm. The board also mentioned an upcoming use for the old Kabob’s Café at 37

Washington. The building has stood empty since the owner moved the restaurant to Bradford several years ago. The Harley Davidson company will use the building to sell accessories for motorcycles. No motor vehicles will be sold at the building. The board said the only changes to be made to the building are signs for the exterior, and no public hearing is required. The lineup is growing quickly so check back often to find out Cont. From Cover who is playing where! “What a better way to get out and break away from the up and can be found at the post-holiday funk with some Chamber website, www. friends and great music?”

Chamber of Commerce Events and Membership Manager, Barb Pump said. “If you’re a fan of the Blues, looking for a good time, or just want to get out of the house after a long, cold month, this is where you need to be.”

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determined the proposed structure meets open space requirements and the FAR (floor area ratio). The height of the home will be 26.5 feet, just under the 28-foot limit. Engineer Aaron Teller was at the meeting representing the owners. The board expressed



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recovery, which will take an estimated year and a half. Her mother, Stacie, has needed to take a leave of absence from work in order to accompany and care for her daughter, who sometimes needs to stay for up to three weeks in hospital care. Due to the financial pressures of recovery and support on the family, Aleksa’s uncle, Fred Graham, along with family friends Dave Feely and Cindi Smith, have organized a benefit event to help support the family in this time of need and to aid with Aleksa’s extensive treatments. According to Mr. Graham, the community has already showed incredible support, stating “It’s just amazing how many people want to help” so they decided to create an event to best serve ethe family. e The benefit event, which twill be fun and engaging for rthe whole family makes for da great outing for an even egreater cause. Hosted at St. oBernard School, located ,at 450 W. Washington St. gin Bradford, PA, the event awill be held on January 20th, o2018 from 2pm-8pm and dwill include an optional espaghetti dinner, silent o d n e f t Cont. From Cover e first x-ray showed his lungs were clear, but the next day dhis cough worsened and his ftemperature rose. A second sx-ray revealed pneumonia. oOn Thursday the 4th at around y7am the former Mayor died. tHe was 70 years old. e Word of his passing spread equickly around the Village. rBy midafternoon current eMayor John Burrell posted son Facebook, “Charlie .Coolidge gave nineteen years -of service to our village on dthe Village Board. Eighteen nof those years were as our rMayor. I believe that was a erecord!” Sherman Wilkens, ewhom the Mayor had asked eto serve on the Board in 2006 esaid, “He did a phenomenal djob as Mayor. He is going to nbe greatly missed.” Harold nMorton, who was Mr. dCoolidge’s brother in law gand served for many years ras Superintendent of the gDPW, recounted the many yimprovements the Mayor ohad made to the Village. He rsaid the streets and sidewalks nwere all improved under tMr. Coolidge’s guidance. Morton added, “He was a great guy to work for and


auction, children’s carnival games, and specialty retail vendors. The dinner, held in the school cafeteria, can seat approximately 150 guests but any number of visitors are welcome to stop in to the fair, silent auction, and festival, which promise to offer great prizes and chances to win items such as signed hockey jerseys, weekend getaways, and bus trips, which have been generously donated to support the cause. In addition to the silent auctions, adults can do some shopping with vendors like Mary Kay, 31, and others, who will also make donations of their proceeds. Aside from carnival games, organized by Aleksa’s teachers at School Street, kids can also enjoy a bounce house, donated for the event by the Bradford YMCA. Even more family fun includes face painting, a DJ, and live entertainment. This fun and carefully planned event shows how much love and energy Aleksa’s friends and family are putting into supporting her recovery. If you are looking for a way to do some good and get out for a good cause, mark January 20th on your calendar and come out to support Aleksa and her family. If you can’t make the event, but would still like to help out, donations for the silent auction are still being accepted and can even

be dropped off with her uncle, Fred Graham, at Holiday Valley Realty. Of course, direct financial donations of any amount are greatly appreciated by the family and can be sent to Mr. Graham, who can be contacted by e-mail at Aleksabenefit@ or by telephone at 814-598-1322. So far, Aleksa’s treatments have provided her the happiness of being able to come home for Christmas to enjoy it with her family. Her mother, Staci, has expressed gratitude for her employer’s flexibility and understanding of her situation and for the tremendous support of the community, stating that she is “so glad be able to be by Aleksa’s side throughout this whole process” but it has been very tough for her being away from her other two kids, Kamden and Raiden.” They remain optimistic and in good spirits and look forward to this benefit event to both celebrate and support their daughter. Dinner donations are $10 for adults and $6 for children, and the event without dinner will be a donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children over 3 years of age. Currently Aleksa is up in Buffalo undergoing her third round of Chemo. But if all goes as planned she will be able to attend the benefit.

always looked out for the Village.” Mary Klahn who worked many years with the Mayor as Village Clerk said she was, “always proud to call him a friend.” Among Charlie Coolidge’s other civic endeavors were his lifetime membership in the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a lifetime member and past President of the Southwestern Volunteer Fireman’s Association. He served many years on the board of the Fireman’s Home on the Hudson, a retirement community for former firefighters. The former Mayor was also an usher at the Holy Name of Mary Church. Perhaps the people in the best position to gauge the Mayor’s effect on the community are his three sons: Chuck, Bill and Rob. They said when Coolidge took over as Mayor the Village was a small community with two small ski areas fighting for acceptance. As the area grew, under the guidance of Mayor Coolidge, the Village transformed from a place where people came to ski for a day, to a place where people wanted to buy a home. They said he seamlessly wedded the ski areas to the Village.

The sons remembered how the Mayor could reach out to people and “work the system,” calling people in the County or other towns, to accomplish a project. Even those who had disagreed with the Mayor still had his respect, “He always had your back no matter what. His word was good, if he said something would get done, it got done.” But mostly they remember the lessons he taught them. “We learned how to live by watching our Dad live. He truly loved Ellicottville, he truly loved his family, and he truly loved life.” Reached at the viewing at the Mentley Funeral Home in Little Valley on Monday, his widow Sharon summed up her and the communities’ feelings, “It’s a great loss for all of us.” About 100 family and friends attended the service Tuesday at the Holy Name of Mary church. Just before Mayor Coolidge’s casket was wheeled out of the sanctuary, Sharon Coolidge supported by her sons, leaned over his coffin and gave it a kiss. A last loving moment with a husband, father, fireman, and mayor, who had served his family and community with dedication and love.

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Roots Cont. From Page 5 mine who is like a sister to me. We wore our finest attire, and fancy hats, of course. What great fun we had! But, here is what we discovered that day: Tea time was more than gals decked out, munching and sipping and enjoying the day. It turned out to be an opportunity to reach across to the next table and make new friends and let our little five-year-old participant encourage another little girl who wasn’t quite sure what to make of the affair. Shyness and reluctance turned into giggles and trying new things - tiny moments of growth for three little girls taking baby steps into womanhood. It may seem insignificant, but it meant a great deal to all involved. Reaching out. Making new acquaintances, even if just in passing. Good will. Smiles. That all sounds like a formula for changing the world, wouldn’t you agree? So, let me get to the tea saga that inspired my story for this week. My son was

making his way home from Binghamton this past Saturday after a week’s work. He was under pressure to get home by an unreasonably early time so he could get showered and gather up his family to head back to Ellicottville to take his Mom (me) out to dinner for her birthday. As luck would have it, he lost a wheel on I-86. Fortunately, he could safely pull over, if barely off the road, retrieve the wheel and start to remedy the situation by “borrowing” lug nuts from the three remaining wheels. If you recall, wind was fierce and temperatures freezing. He was also jacketless since he leapt out of the truck as soon as he parked it. It was dark and cars and trucks whizzed past him as if he were not there. After what he thought to be 50 or more cars whizzing by, a young lad in a BMW, who admitted not knowing a lug wrench from a golf club, still stopped to see if he could call someone or help. Assured that my son was safe and on his way to remedying the situation, he departed. As he worked, he observed what could have only been an angel in the dark. But, no. It was a wisp of a

young girl walking across the eastbound lane, crossing the median and approaching him. She offered a cup of tea that she had just picked up for herself, realizing he had to be frozen stiff and could use a bit of warming up. He accepted this fine gesture and thanked this no more than 18-year-old girl for her thoughtfulness, courage (remember, she crossed the highway and the median because she was going in the opposite direction), and her generosity. Her tea not only warmed his body and heart, it warmed his spirit - his soul. He experienced a renewal of faith in the post-millennial generation (Z’s? Founders?). You see, he works construction with seasoned rough men and those he calls entitled/lazy kids. It didn’t take much lack of interest on their part for him to form his negative opinion of those kids coming up the ranks with their 90-percent-empty glass attitude. Unknowingly, this girl and the young BMW driver redeemed them in his eyes. A cup of tea. It changed the heart of one man. Cup by cup, perhaps it can change our world. Tea, anyone?

Candy Making & More

Candy Making & More – Come join us on January 23rd from 6-8 pm and make some sweet treats to bring home. All ages welcome to this free class. Limit of 15 people so contact the library to register.


Cont. From Page 6 materials donated by St. Bonaventure University’s ROTC program. When they were done using their backpacks they gave them to me. We’ve used them ten more years essentially, until they were completely worn out.” Mann was looking to suspend the backpacking program because the packs were falling apart. Then he learned about the grant. Mann applied for the grant in an effort to replace the backpacks and tents used on their trips. “Somebody on the grant committee mentioned it to me, and I asked if this sort of thing was something they’d be interested in funding. I wrote the grant and they said yes.” Mann said he’s just received a “wonderful” shipment of backpacks and tents ordered from Cabela’s, currently in boxes in his cabin at camp. Camp Turner, operated

by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, hosts about 400 young campers each summer, who stay in oneweek sessions, each of which runs Monday through Friday. “So we get about 75 to 80 youth a week for six weeks in the summer. We just finished our winter camp, December 28th, 29th and 30th. Since temperatures were in the single digits, no backpacking took place during winter camp. Mann explains that the cabins are well insulated and are “toasty warm” in the winter. “During each 75 minute activity period, we offered four indoor choices and four outdoor choices for kids to choose from. They can go from an indoor activity to an outdoor one the next. Even for the outdoor activities, they get to take a break in the middle of it, and come into our toasty warm dining hall.” The camp set up an all-day cocoa bar to help keep the kids warm. Mann said the kids were able to enjoy fun outdoors because while temps were

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cold, winds were light. Summer camp won’t start until July 8th, but in the meantime, the camp is rented out to youth groups and family reunions. Staff will come in a week before that to get a week of training. Mann notes that Camp Turner has been around since 1923, with possibly around 100,000 New Yorkers having attended. “There’s a lot of word of mouth, and I do a bit of advertising in the Western New York Catholic. And I submit bulletin announcement requests to all the parishes. I also do direct mailing to every director of religious education at the parishes, and I pass out my brochures to the kids at religious ed. I also send them to all the Catholic grade school principals.” The camp is open to children of all faiths, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion. You can find out more about Camp Turner by logging on to, or by calling 716-354-4555.

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What Was Your Favorite Football Play Ever?

By Chad Neal Our civilization is all about competition. Survival of the fittest. In professional competitive sports you excel or you lose. Football has been an American favorite for many decades and peaks at this time every year, to throne the champions of the sport with the highest praise in the land as Super Bowl winners. The organization that controls everything to do with the sport of American Football determines the champions by bracketing the teams with best records to vie for the coveted trophy and special rings the players get for being in the big game. These games all consist of players doing their part in every play during the match, sometimes the offensive plays are foiled by the defense and vice-versa. Each one of these plays though, no matter what, are pivotal to the outcome of the game. What was your favorite football play ever?

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Bob O.- The Flea Flicker Touchdown!

Mike S.- Kordell Stewart Hail Mary vs. Michigan.

Shawn S.- Roy Riegals! Wrong way Riegals. Scooped up a fumble in the 1929 Rose Bowl and ran it into the opposing team’s end zone.

Jim B.- Torn between the 4th and 12 to end our (Bills) playoff drought, and the David Tyree catch to put the ‘cheatriots’ to 18-1.

Kurtis M.- Michael Vick torching the Vikings in overtime for a 46 yd. TD run. He ran between two defenders who ran into each other.

Nicole W.- Tracy Porter intercepting the ball and making it down the field 75 yards for the touchdown to seal the Saints winning the Super Bowl.

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The villager ellicottville january 11 17, 2018 volume 13 issue 3  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities.