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Volume 13 ~ Issue 5

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Board Endorses Trail

Music Notes

ECS Students Venture Out

Town Planning Board OK’s Lot Line Adjustment

Resignations and Appointments Made

7 Monroe Street ~ 699-2199 KEITH JAMES

Saturday, January 27th, 8PM

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DARKWATER Friday, January 26th, 7PM TIM BRITT BAND Saturday, January 27th, 6PM

Drawing of the EVGV trail between the Arboretum and Tim Horton’s. Pink areas are the wetlands along the base of Poverty Hill. Dark shaded areas show wetlands impacted by the trail.

Story by John Thomas Staff Writer

Lot Line Change Two new members, Catlin Croft and Bonnie Koschir, joined the first meeting of the year of the Town Planning Board. Ms. Croft is replacing John Zerfas who left the board to serve on the Town Board. Ms. Koschir is replacing Art Chubb who moved to Florida. At Monday night’s meeting, the Board considered an application to change a lot line between two adjoining properties on Aspen Drive. Town

Planner Gary Palumbo gave his staff report on the request. The lots in question are both in a medium density housing zone, and in an approved subdivision. Palumbo said the request is to change the orientation of the line dividing the two lots. Even with the proposed change, both lots will still meet the zoning laws, and no new lots are being created or eliminated. Both lot owners are in agreement with the change. It seems the owners are making the request so one See “TRAIL” Page 7

Story by John Thomas Staff Writer At Tuesday night’s ECS Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Robert Miller briefly discussed the upcoming student trip to Costa Rica. The participating students will be bussed to Toronto Pearson Airport for departure on February 17th. The chaperoned trip will return to the US February 25th. The cost for the trip is $2,050, and the number of students going on the adventure was not announced. There will be

a meeting of the parents of those students next week. Mr. Miller also spoke about the Power School program the district has been using for years. He said he had requested a manual for the program, and upon receiving discovered it was 2500 pages. The program covers everything involved in running a school, from safety precautions to creating robocalls. Miller said they would be doing training on the system shortly. See “ECS” Page 7

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Aurora Light & Bronze

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New Business Spotlight: Aurora Light & Bronze

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Brooke Szpaicher Appointed E’Ville’s Fire Commissioner

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Thursday, January 25th, 8PM

THE FLAT TOPS Friday, January 26th, 9PM MO PORTER Saturday, January 27th, 9PM WAGNER & WINSTON

Wednesday, January 31st, 8PM For more information on this week’s music, see page 6

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

Remembering Bill Burrell... Page 6 How Bill’s Hill Got Its Name

A new business Aurora Light and Bronze (ALB) has officially opened its doors as of Wednesday, January 17th and excitement is buzzing in Ellicottville. Owner Debi Bacelli works passionately with her daughter, Jessica, to provide a quality business and superior products at a reasonable price. Prior to making her way to Ellicottville, though, Bacelli’s story began in Texas. “My father was in the Air Force and met my mother in Alaska,” said Bacelli. “He was then stationed in Amarillo, Texas, where I was born. When he was discharged, we moved to Western New York where See “AURORA” Page 7

By Leigh Fowler

Ellicottville has appointed and sworn in their newest member of the Ellicottville Joint Fire Commission and newest Fire Commissioner, 27-year-old Brooke Szpaicher. Born and raised in Ellicottville, Szpaicher was sworn in during the commission’s monthly meeting at the fire hall last week, kicking off her five-year term representing the village. Szpaicher learned of the role after discussing the opportunity with fellow commissioner Sean Lowes. When she shared her desire to learn how to become more involved in the community and make an Brooke Szpaicher signing the impact along with her passion and official papers to begin her 5-year term as the new Ellicottville Fire appreciation for the fire service, Commissioner. Photo Credit: Sean Lowes

Village Purchases Plow Joint Purchase of Sidewalk Plow

Story By John Thomas; Staff Writer

A favorite son of Ellicottville has left our midst. Dean William Burrell died at home last Thursday night. “Bill” as he was known to all his friends, and he had a great many, was a fixture around St. John’s Episcopal Church, and HoliMont. Pictured, a photo of the “Monday Crew:” ski patrol at HoliMont. Bill Burrell is on the left. The others from Bill: Steve Slater, Evan Casey, Lift Lion, Ron Smith, Al Darby.

Shakespeare in the Square ... Pg. 3

Returns to E’Ville;Taste of Ellicottville Weekend August 10, 2018 Ellicottville, NY – The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the touring group, “Shake on the Lake”, will be performing Richard III on August 10th on the Village gazebo lawn. Dubbed, Shakespeare.......

Last Friday morning the Village Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting to deal with the problems the Village has been having plowing the sidewalks. For years the Village and Town have had an agreement; the Village will plow all the sidewalks in both municipalities if the Town pays for half the cost of the plow. The problem was the old plow had been breaking down almost weekly for the past several weeks, causing crews to get behind. The Village has a Wacker machine that can be used for plowing, but it is a complicated and inefficient process. The Village has use for the Wacker in the summer. Although the Town had paid for half the Wacker, in the summer it has other equipment and doesn’t need the Wacker. Village DPW crews have spent the past few weeks testing several different sidewalk plows from various companies. Mayor John Burrell reported when he asked which was their first choice for a plow; they replied “The Bombardier.” When he asked for a second choice, they said, “Bombardier.” The new machine will cost $137,871. The Mayor had contacted Key Government Finance and received quoted for 3-year, 4-year, and 5-year leases. Insurance, maintenance, and taxes would See “BOARD” Page 7

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Board Fights Zombies

Code Enforcement Officer Takes on Zombies

Valley Village has a severe drainage problem.

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer

Zombie Homes Attack With recently elected Board member John Zerfas attending his first Board meeting, Town Supervisor Matt McAndrew opened the first Town Board meeting of the new year. The new Town/Village Engineer Niles Pierson also listened in via telephone. Code Enforcement Officer Kelly Fredrickson reported on the empty properties around the town. Some of the homes See “TOWN” Page 8

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Publisher’s Word “Don’t Worry – Be Happy”




Across from the Yodeler Lodge with a great view of the slopes! A great investment or place to build! MLS#B486429…$97,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

With all of its character intact and loads of potential, on one of the nicest village streets, neat as a pin, 4 BR, 1.5 BA, update to your liking! MLS#B1095097…$299,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Just before the arboretum you will find this new build. Stunning 4/2.1 walking dist. to dinning, shopping & nightlife. 1.2 miles to the ski slopes! MLS#B494394…$319,999 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




Over 5000 sf of custom log home, 5 BR/ 4.2 BA, 2 master suites, wide plank flrs, 2 massive stone FP’s, multiple decks, HT, ski in/out access. MLS#1006259…$1,150,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Over 2600 sf, 4 BR/ 3 BA, completely updated, hardwd flrs, family rm & master bdrm addition, gas fireplace, walk to everything! MLS#B495636…$279,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

3/2 f/ good bones & square footage, short trip to the ski slope. Loads of potential, make it your best investment in the ski area of E’ville. MLS#B1077389…$295,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




3/2 is steps to the main chalet at HM. Ski Rm opens to the great room f/ dining, living & kitchen. Expanded glass wall for view of creek & wds. MLS#B1044788…$259,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

This new to the market 3/3 log built chalet comes fully loaded! Well maintained inside & out; front & back decks f/ hot tub for relaxing. MLS#B1082445…$359,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Beautiful setting for this farmhouse, with 7 acres, 5 fenced pastures, 3 stall barn, 3 BR/ 2 BA, deck, trails – needs some additional work. MLS#B1065062…$121,900 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




If you’re a lover of winter activities, or just like to watch the pretty snowflakes fall, you’ve had an interesting winter so far this season. It’s been a strange one, all right –Mother Nature still likes to show all of us she’s the boss!

Now, if it bothers you to have someone lord power over you, the best way to say “oh yeah?” is by taking advantage and making fun out of all this weather. Though the snowmobile trails have been put to a hault a few times this season, including right now, in Ellicottville we are blessed with so many things to have fun in the snow. Skiers, boarders, cross country skiers and snowshoers, and a few brave joggers ALL know this is truly a tremendous time to get out there and have some serious fun. After a day out in the elements, can there be a better place to recuperate and relax than Ellicottville? Our restaurants, pubs and

stores are a welcoming change for everyone on the list. The one common theme all active winter hobbyists have is at the end of the day – you’re dog-bone tired! A hot tub or a hot shower is the first order of business, followed by a glass of your favorite beverage and a wee bit to nibble on. And that’s where our village really rolls out the welcome mat. Kudos to all the merchants, every single one an expert on hospitality… So, dear readers, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – consider yourself very lucky to be in a great place at a truly great time of the year. Get out of the house and enjoy the wintery elements! Until next week… JZ-C

Happy Birthday

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Watch your stress melt away in this resort like 3/2.1 home. Deck overlooks pond with fountain; your oasis 25 minutes to the slopes! MLS#B1072672…$159,900 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Spacious townhome with 3 BR/ 3.5 baths, partially finished basement, hot tub, just a short walk to town & no association fees. MLS#B1005630…$275,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Affordable fully serviced building lot across from HoliMont Ski Slopes. Panoramic Slope Views can be yours!! MLS#B482225…$58,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173




4 BR/ 2.5 BA living level entry townhouse w 1760 sf, gas FP, directly across from HoliMont and an easy walk to village. MLS#B492414…$249,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Open layout in this double wide situated on nearly 1 acre. Front & back decks to take in the beautiful scenery. Oversized 2-car garage! MLS#B1026700…$79,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Salamanca duplex feat. great income potential. Live in one unit & rent the other or rent both! Well maintained & each unit has its own parking. MLS#B1081460…$49,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




Astounding views from this 3+ BR/ 2 BA immaculate chalet, wrap around porch, heated barn with loft on 12 acres, new roof, mins to town! MLS#B1092515…$425,000 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




Minutes from everything, this build ready lot has timbered gated driveway, trees, views, beautiful clearing, & adjacent lot available. MLS#B1045210…$49,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Backs up to main parking lot at HoliMont with infrastructure for 10 townhouses, unlimited possibilities, use your imagination! MLS#B1069224…$195,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

After many years of successful operation this local EVL favorite is ready to pass the torch. Continue the current business or bring new ideas! MLS#B1075424…$224,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

HVR Celebrates 2017

Holiday Valley Realty Celebrated a Great 2017 with their Real Estate Team

HVR Celebrated their Agents Production in 2017 at John Harvards. Honored by: Dennis Eshbaugh - President, David Trathen - VP of Finance & Joany Bund - GRI, Sales Mgr Were: David Blanchard, Top Producer & Carol Thomas, Valued Producer

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“We just came back to Ontario from a three day trip to the Holiday Valley with our three kids, Nathan, Liam and Katherine. It was our first time there, and it was great! We will be back again during spring break!” This photo was taken with the kiddos at Holiday Valley Tubing Company. We will send the family their tickets. For your chance to win email your favorite photos to info@ or post them on our Facebook page. A new winner is chosen every week!

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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. For Pick up just call Sherman at 716-912-8306 or drop them off at 519 Deer Crossing Rd. in Ellicottville. Collected this week 1,774 - Year to date 4,498

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Town Board Receives Letter from Officer

The Town Board recently received a letter from Officer James Bouchard. Supervisor Matt McAndrew read the letter to the Town Board. Honorable Town Board, I would like to take the time to let you know the kind of man that you have running your Police Department. I have worked for quite a few police chiefs and a few bosses and none can compare to OIC Don Auge. I would like to point out two recent events that made me respect and

appreciate working for Don even more than I already have. The first event that I would like to mention is that of Christmas day. OIC Auge worked a day that many individuals would rather not work to spend with their families. OIC Auge went above and beyond and worked Christmas day in a horrible snowstorm so that all the officers in his department could spend time with their families. Like I stated before I have worked for numerous other police chiefs and I know for a fact that none of them have or would have worked Christmas day. The next event I would like to draw the board’s attention to specifically involves an incident that I had on 12/28/17. I was involved with in a physical fight with an individual and called for another car to assist. The dispatchers never checked my status at all for an extended period of time. I was able to restrain the subject and

get him into custody after an extended struggle. I was exiting the residence with the individual and looked up and Don is at the scene. Don was not on duty and responded from his house knowing that I had a serious situation and there was no assistance in the immediate area. This coupled with the fact that I had asked for assistance and never had a status check or updates, made me appreciate the fact that my boss was there for me when I needed him the most. These are just two of numerous ways that Don has showed me he is a boss that I want to work for and a department that I want to be proud to be a part of. Don is a man that never asked for any recognition for helping me or working Christmas and I wanted to bring these events to the boards attention and let them know the outstanding type of an employee they have working for them. Respectfully, James M. Bouchard

Shakespeare in the Square

Returns to E’Ville;Taste of Ellicottville Weekend August 10, 2018 Ellicottville, NY – The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the touring group, “Shake on the Lake”, will be performing Richard III on August 10th on the Village gazebo lawn. Dubbed, Shakespeare in the Square, the troupe

performed Romeo and Juliet this past summer at our inaugural event and it was a smash hit. The audience loved the mingling of a little contemporary with the traditional, the creativity of the sets, and the entertaining performances of the cast. The

mood ranged from somber to laughter and we are sure Richard III will be equally entertaining. Stay tuned to for more information as the performance draws near. This is another free event presented by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.

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~ Obituaries ~

Dean William “Bill” Burrell Jr. 1943-2018

Ellicottville, NY- Dean William “Bill” Burrell Jr. ,74, of Ellicottville,NY died Thursday January 18, 2017. He was born April 16, 1943 in Salamanca,NY the son of the late Dean Wm. Sr.and Jane (Ellis) Burrell. Mr. Burrell was a graduate of Ellicottville Central School and Paul Smith’s College with a Degree in Hotel Management.. He worked for many years in the restaurant industry in Ellicottville he then joined the family business Burrell Cutlery.He later owned and operated the Burrell Cutlery Outlet Store and worked at the Seneca Allegany Casino.He was a veteran having served in the US Army Reserve.   Bill was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church

EAST OTTO ,NY- Joyce M. Lucas, 79, of East Otto, NY passed away January 19, 2018 at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. She was born on June 5, 1938 in East Otto, NY, the daughter of the late H. Darrel and F. Marguerite (Colvin) Razey. On March 2, 1956 she married Floyd M. Lucas Jr., who predeceased her in 2017. Mrs. Lucas was very active in her community, having been a member of the East Otto United Methodist Church since 1953 and serving as its treasurer and secretary. She was a member of  the William

and was their Vestry’s Senior Warden .He also was a 25 year member of the National Ski Patrol, patrolling at Holimont in Ellicottville and Allegany State Park Nordic.He was an Exempt member of the Ellicottville Fire Company. also serving as an EMT,member of the Ellicottville Arts Appreciation Assoc.,and an avid music lover especially the Big Band Era. He is survived by a brother John (Sheila) Burrell Sr. of Ellicottville,NY and a nephew John (Stefany) Burrell Jr of Gardiner,Maine and cousins Donna Brooks , Robert Ellis , James (Tik) Ellis, Debbie(Harvey) KelleyTony(Carey)Higgs Kathleen Kerns,John Kerns

Jr.,Betsy(Paul)Fisher, Michele (Bill) Freaney, Vicki(Dick) Emke and, Kristi Kerns .Also 2 school buddies that remained lifelong friends Mickey Connelly and Larry Richards Besides his parents he is predeceased by 3 cousins Gary Burrell, Mike Kerns and Thomas Ellis Friends may call at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City Street in Little Valley, NY on Sunday January 21, 2017 from 1-5pm.   Funeral services will be held Monday January 22, 2017 at 11am from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicottville, NY.   Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Homecare and Hospice

Joyce M. Lucas 1928-2018 C. Edmunds Vol. Fireman’s Auxiliary for 17 years and was an EMT with the fire dept.. Mrs. Lucas took part in many church clubs and activities, and also worked at the Erie County Fair. Mrs. Lucas is survived by two sons; Robert (Judy) Lucas of Buffalo, NY, and David (Barbara) Lucas of Boston, NY. Also surviving is a daughter, Virginia (Peter Hoffman) Lucas of North Collins, NY. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine greatgrandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her loving husband

of 61 years, Mrs. Lucas is predeceased by two brothers; Roger Razey and Harland Razey, and one greatgrandchild, Odin Marshall Lucas. Friends may call at Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 105 East Main St. in Gowanda, NY on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 2-4 PM. Funeral services will be held from the funeral home on Monday at 4 PM. Burial will be in East Otto Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the East Otto United Methodist Church’s Women’s Memorial Fund or East Otto Ambulance Fund.

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I took some time to chat with some people what HoliHoliday Valley is celebrat- day Valley means to them. ing its 60th anniversary this Clara Harris Kosinski: “Holyear! The changes the resort iday Valley was my first job. I and community has seen over grew up skiing there, I still ski the years is something incred- there. I still work there and my ible. Holiday Valley just re- son now skis there, too! The leased an anniversary video, best memories I have from my which inspired the thought childhood are singing songs to ask the community more going up the Yodeler chairabout their love for this place! lift with high school friends, The When you think of Holiday staying there until it closed Daily Lunch Valley Resort, what do you every Thursday night. The think of? Does your mind go best parts of my life have hapSpecials! right to Tannenbaum looking pened while I have worked at Tues.-Sat. 11:30am-2:00pm like the most perfect winter Holiday Valley; I met my hus1/2 Off Apps & $3 Yuenglings; Fridays 3-6PM wonderland or does it take band, got married, and had a you to the Double Black Dia- baby. The family that I have golf course in the heat made there over the years I LIVE MUSIC New Bar Menu mond of summer?  Maybe it doesn’t love deeply and those that Thursday, January 25th @ 9-1AM Served Fri. & Sat. • 2-8pm take you to either of those but I’ve left, I miss immensely. Party Squad Featuring local favorite Steak for 2! brings you to a connection We are more than co-workers Saturday, January 27th @ 7-10PM Served over Shoestring Bacon Parm that many of us share.  With and a community, we are a Ade Adu Fries topped with Jack Daniels 60 years of operation this year, family! The people I’ve met Thursday, Fbruary 1st @ 9-1AM Cream Sauce! wouldn’t it be fun to be a fly that have worked with me, the Party Squad on the wall to take in all the ex- regular customers I see year periences the resort has seen.  after year, it is something I Reserve Our Upstairs for Your Private Party For myself, Holiday Valley look forward to every year!” isn’t a resort, it’s a home.  It’s Rachel Northrup: “Most a place that I have spent time kids don’t get a combo pass, at almost every year of my you just go to the office for life, whether it be during the a free kids daily pass. Tosummer enjoying the pools day was ceremonial as my or during winter enjoying ski- grandmother, Edna Northrup, ing and tubing.  What is most wife of Wilbur Northrup and fun, is living in the village and co-founder of Holiday Valgrowing with Holiday Val- ley, took her great grandson ley and experiencing the new to get his first ski pass! Four faces, the new terrain, the new generations of skiers, he will additions, it’s amazing to see ride on my back mostly or in how this resort truly ties our his cargo carrier. In our family little town together! I mean, and many other local families, what would we be without it? lots of kids ride in packs early


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on and start at age two to five enjoying this lifetime sport.” Sam Nelson: “For me, I think Holiday Valley is a little different. I grew up in Olean and Holiday Valley was the “place to go.” I tried so hard to learn how to snowboard when I was in the ninth grade and ended up in the main chalet drinking hot chocolate. I just wanted to be a part of the “in” crowd. Fast forward sixteen years later, I meet a super cute guy (my now husband), who had a place in Ellicottville, and wanted so badly for me to learn to ski. I did! Let’s just say I mastered the bunny hill and am like an Olympic skier there but petrified to go anywhere else. Now I live in Ellicottville with my family and Holiday is something different to me. It’s a place where I take my son for amazing care and education every day! It’s where his first swim lessons were! It’s family for me! It’s where we will teach him how to ski for the first time, meet up with our friends by the pool, take him on the mountain coaster, and watch him grow! It’s a place where so many memories have already taken place, but also where a million more will happen. We are so lucky to have it in our backyard!” Happy 60th anniversary Holiday Valley! Be sure to check out the amazing anniversary video on our Facebook page!

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HoliMont Update Don’t Let Ski Turns Put You to Sleep

By Dan Balkin

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Z Z Z Z Z Z Z ….doesn’t that just make you a little sleepy looking at all those Zs? That said, we are using these Zs in a metaphorical sense. For while we have all made turns while tired (thank you, extended après ski festivities), ski turns have never literally e put us to sleep. So why the ” big ado over the “Z”? In ski I terminology, a “Z turn” is e contrasted with an “S turn”. n Huh? Bear with me as we e wade through this alphabet d soup. Essentially, a Z turn d is associated with a turn that e is rushed – especially at the turn initiation. An S turn is a I more rounded, practical, and e elegant ski turn that, literally, leaves ski tracks that form an r S in the snow (see chart – an , “S” occurs with two linked turns). r As you can see, the skier s in the photo is negotiating y the notorious “DoubleSkull Headwall” by the d snowmaking pond at I the summit of HoliMont y (REALLY? – well, maybe not). Anyway, this hipster a is on some serious steeps – n and in this situation no one is actually copping Zs. But his s skis are. To negotiate turns on a pitch like that, you are e forced to get your skis around r very quickly (hop turns). In h other words, his tracks in the e snow would resemble a “Z” , – because he is whipping his a skis around so fast he has no time to make rounded , S turns. In this scenario, Z e turns are not a detriment but a y survival skill. We, however, ” don’t need to make Z turns on our slopes for they inhibit k our ability to make rounded, y elegant, carved turns. Mike Rogan, the coach of the PSIA Demo team (the leading ski instructors across the nation), has an interesting idea to coax

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S turns out of his students on the type of terrain we typically ski. He breaks a ski turn down into three segments which he calls GREEN LIGHT – YELLOW LIGHT – RED LIGHT. Green Light: This is the turn initiation that creates desirable S turns. Here, skiers experience a moment of ACCELERATION (hence the term Green Light) at the turn initiation by turning all ten of their toes DOWN THE HILL. The force of gravity and the pitch of the slope facilitate this happening naturally if you don’t BRAKE by throwing your heels sideways (which results in a Z turn). We have said it before, do you want to go into a snowy curve in your car by progressively guiding your front tires or by wildly fishtailing on your back tires? Your ten toes in an S turn are like the front tires of your car- they lead you into a smooth and progressive turn. Think about it: according to nature’s laws, a tennis ball gently dropped on a ski slope would not first move sideways in a braking action – it would FLOW DOWN THE SLOPE. At the turn initiation – BE THE BALL - think FLOW with the toes, not BRAKING with the heels. Yellow Light: This is the middle of the turn when your skis are, just for an instant, pointed straight down the slope. If you look again at the various S turn shapes on the chart, a skier MUST do that to create an “S” turn.

Again, if you rush the turn, it creates a “Z” shape – and then it is IMPOSSIBLE to carve rounded, smooth turns. Red Light: This refers to the end of the turn. First of all, Red Light is not alluding to a complete momentum killer such as a “hockey stop.” Please look again at the chart. Notice that the first turn in each example actually looks like a “C” (and the second turn looks like a backwards C) – those two Cs linked together form an “S.” To make a SINGLE SKI TURN in the form of a C, however, we must use all three phases – Green light, Yellow Light, and Red Light. We already discussed how in the Green and Yellow light phases of the turn, we are orienting all ten toes DOWN the hill to create flow and momentum at the beginning and middle of our turn. That said, on steeper pitches especially, it is essential that if you don’t desire to gain unwanted speed, that you complete the “arc” of the “C” by re-orientating all ten toes back across the slope. Think about it – on skis, your toes act like a gas pedal. Point your toes down the hill and you accelerate; point you toes across the hill and you scrub speed. Back in Austria, they preach that almost anyone can ski fast, but that an accomplished skier can maintain a constant speed after their second turn on a steep pitch. That is what Red Light really means – speed control. Eight million Austrians can’t be wrong.

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I just want to give a big “’Atta Boy!” to the village, all the venues and The Chamber for putting on a fantastic Winter Blues Weekend. The town was packed everywhere I went and the bands were all received enthusiastically. Combined with a little milder weather it was the perfect storm. New weekend, new bands. The Gin Mill always gets a jump on the weekend on Thursday from 8-11pm with Joseph and Johnson. These guys have been doing this gig for a while and they play an acoustic, percussive set of widely varied songs from the 60’s till now in their original arrangements. The kitchen is the latest in town, open till 11pm weeknights and midnight on weekends. It’s ski season so that means Party Squad at Madigans from 9-1am. This is another Ellicottville tradition. These guys have been doing cover tunes from the 60’s till now since Madigans opened their doors. FRIDAY Friday we get rolling at Balloons with Darkwater from 7-10:30pm. This Bradford band plays contemporary, alt originals and covers and has a large following. Great vocals and musicianship. Tim Britt will be doing an acoustic set at the back bar from 10-

2am playing contemporary, alternative originals and covers. Dj Xcite will be playing tunes in the sound booth for your crunk. Next up, Villaggio has Keith James from 8-11pm. Keith is a very talented Buffalo singer/songwriter who will be performing an acoustic set of pop/progressive/alt music to accompany some fine Italian cuisine. Buona cucina. We return to The Gin Mill at 9:00 Pm for The Flat Tops. These guys will be playing some classic rock covers from Dion to Tom Petty until 1:00 AM. 26 draughts for your drinking experience and a late night kitchen. Madigans will have Dj Cobra Con slidin some groove, so you can bust-amove 10-2:00 AM. Foosball and Pool tables available for you weekend warriors. SATURDAY Balloons is first out of the gate with The Tim Britt Band. Tim lists his influences from the Beatles to Johnny Cash to AC/DC. He’ll be on the main stage from 6-9:30pm. Dj Kage will follow in the sound booth with some cool jams for your freak. Jessie Taylor Smith will be playing acoustic covers and originals in the back bar from 10-2am. Next up is Ade Adu from 7-10pm. He will be playing and acoustic cover set and will be followed by Dj TSwift till

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A man of many passions, ski patrol at HoliMont was one of them. He so loved his regular Monday gig patrolling the Sunset Run, the other patrol members took to calling it “Bill’s hill.”

Story by John Thomas Staff Writer

A favorite son of Ellicottville has left our midst. Dean William Burrell died at home last Thursday night. “Bill” as he was known to all his friends, and he had a great many, was a fixture around St. John’s Episcopal Church, and HoliMont. A graduate of Ellicottville Central School, except two years obtaining a degree in Hotel Management from Paul Smith’s College and six years in the military, he lived his entire life in Ellicottville. Bill grew up skiing and saw first-hand the development of Ellicottville into a major ski town. He started skiing at Fish Hill, then Greer Hill. When Holiday Valley was created, he skied there too, then went on to ski at HoliMont. He was a 25-year member of the National Ski Patrol, and the HoliMont Ski Patrol. He was the manager of the Harness Shop Restaurant, in what is now Madigan’s. Moving into the family business, Burrell owned and operated the Burrell Cutlery Outlet Store. Later he went to work at the Casino, mostly working night shifts, making sure guest’s rooms were ready and tending to their needs. A man of many passions, ski patrol at HoliMont was one of them. He so loved his regular

Monday gig patrolling the Sunset Run, the other patrol members took to calling it “Bill’s hill.” Steve Slater, who was on ski patrol with Bill, remembers the “gentlest care” Bill gave injured skiers, especially children. The Monday Crew, as they called themselves, used to gather at noon for “patroller conference,” otherwise known as lunch in the patrol room. One of them was usually in charge of procuring the food. One Monday it was Bill’s turn. The week previous he had been asking what type pizza the other patrollers wanted. On the designated Monday the patrollers walked in expecting pizza, and there was Bill carving a full course Prime Rib dinner for them. “He’d set us up!” Slater recalls with a laugh. At his funeral service at St. John’s, Father Mike Lonto recalled Bill’s many years of service to the church. In giving a homily to Bill, Father Lonto, his voice at times breaking with emotion, recalled how every Saturday Bill would mow the Church’s lawn. Then he’d “sit on the porch and have a beer, change and come over for Saturday service.” Father Lonto recalled how Burrell would always wear his HoliMont ski patrol ID tag to church. “It’s part of who I am,” he would

say. One of his favorite things to do was ring Gabriel, the historic bell in the Church’s bell tower. Ellicottville’s history was another of his passions. Bill had read all of his grandfather’s journals and knew the history of each family and building in the Village. Small wonder he was a member of the Historical Society. Tending to people’s needs was a big part of who Bill Burrell was. Village residents recall he was never too busy to stop and have a conversation. He had the gift of gab, and would always be willing to pass the time of day whether they were a friend or stranger. He was a caregiver for his aunts Anne Brooks, and Peggy Harrison and his mother, Jane. He was like a brother to his cousin Donna Brooks. It was about two years ago when she suspected something was amiss with Bill and took him to the hospital. He was diagnosed with Mantle Cell NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma. As his brother John Burrell recalled during the service, his voice also breaking with emotion, “Bill lived with cancer.” It was an acknowledgment that Bill had endured radiation, chemotherapy, transfusions, and endless tests, without so much as a word of complaint. He was grateful for and thanked his many caregivers: relatives and the Visiting Nurse’s Association. Donna Brooks had taken him in and cared for him, also without complaint, during the last two years of his life. On Thursday the 18th, surrounded by family and friends Bill Burrell died peacefully. He was a lover of big band era music, skiing, travel, cooking, people and life, and was very much a part of our community. He will be missed.

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of them can add a garage to their property. The Planner determined the action is a SEQR Type Two and no further determination from the Board is needed. He said the Board could decide the proposal is a de minimis change. (Trivial or insignificant, I had to look it up). A motion was made to confirm the proposal is a de minimis change and approve the application with no further action. The motion passed. EVGV Trail Town Engineer Mark Alianello brought the Board up to speed on the status of the EVGV Recreational Trail. He addressed the new trailhead structure that was built at Town Center over the summer. The pergola didn’t need a building permit because it is an accessory structure to the entrance to the Arboretum. The trailhead marks the entrance to the section of the trail between Town Center and Tim Horton’s on 219. Mr. Palumbo said the plan is consistent with the current Comprehensive Plan. He also indicated that the draft


Cont. From Cover In other actions taken by the board, they accepted the resignation of Therese Pierce effective June 30, 2018. The board also accepted the


Cont. From Cover his family lived in Sugartown. We have since bounced between here and Alaska, but WNY is where I consider my home and my family to be.” Over the years, Bacelli has been inspired by her own passion for health and wellness to start a business that shares this passion with others. Specifically, she is excited to share ALB’s Infrared Sauna Wrap, which has been studied by NASA, Boston Medical, and Wisconsin Medical. “It is a wonderful mood lifter and also acts as a detox,” Bacelli said. “Infrared relaxes your muscles and you release


Cont. From Cover Lowes nominated her for the volunteer position. “I was very excited when I found out I had been nominated for this position, a bit nervous too because I honestly had no clue what I had signed up for! After one meeting down, I am excited to be involved in helping make decisions to continue to make our fire department well equipped and successful!” Mike Timkey, Vice-Chairmen of the Commission shares that they couldn’t be happier with her decision to become a commissioner. “The fact that she was born, raised and continues to live here gives her a great understanding of the community.”  With Ellicottville’s unique location, the fire district requires equipment that can access a range of locations including farms, chalets, hill top lodges, silos and multilevel buildings. Timkey shares


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revisions being considered to the Comprehensive Plan will more specifically support the EVGV Trail. Mr. Alianello said the Town Board is a sponsor of the Trail and has already performed the SEQR evaluation (State Environmental Quality Review). The engineer outlined the steps the Committee has taken to bring the plan to this point. A Wetlands Engineer came out to determine the borders of the wetlands the trail will impact- less than 1/10 of an acre. The county came out and created a topological map of the area, and the Corp of Engineers has issued a wetlands permit. The trail will cross several properties on its planned route. All but two of those property owners have agreed to sign easements for the path. The State has specifications for recreational trails, and the EVGV Trail is being designed to meet those conditions. The trail surface will be made of chipped stone and will be eight feet wide with two feet of drainage on both sides. It will be designed for easy walking for a family with young children and kids on bikes with training wheels. The Board passed a resolution

endorsing the Master Plan for the EVGV Recreational Trail and the plans for the first phase of construction. Some of the owners whose property the trail will cross had asked about how the trail will affect the setbacks on their property. The Board determined the zoning setbacks will still be measured from the property line. A motion was passed to authorize the Town Planner to write a letter to the landowners explaining the Trail will not affect their setbacks. Town Board member John Zerfas suggested the Planning Board reevaluate the current language restricting messages on electronic signboards, such as the one Holiday Valley installed. Currently, zoning laws restrict the signs to two different messages per day. Mr. Zerfas said it was time the town “catch up with the rest of the world” regarding electronic messages. Mr. Palumbo said the regulations on message boards typically are concerned with the signs distracting drivers. He said he would provide the Planning Board some examples and draft less restrictive language and propose them as zoning amendments.

resignation of Lori Fuller as Teacher aid effective February 28, 2018. The board approved Candace Broughton as a volunteer in Sandy Tomblin and Marie Kliederlein’s classrooms. Victoria Kuhl was appointed to part-time teacher beginning February 5th. The position carries a one-year probationary

period. The appointment of Randy Will as a full-time cleaner was rescinded so he could be appointed full-time Maintenance Worker. His new position also carries a one-year probationary period. The period will start when Mr. Will moves into the job, January 29th and will last until January 29th, 2019

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different places around North America, it is strongest from Alaska. This, among many of their products, really adds a unique flair to ALB. Though the Bacellis have opened their doors, their Grand Opening will take place in a few weeks. Hours of operation include Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am-6pm Friday and Saturday hours are 9am-1pm. Though they are closed Sundays and Mondays, they offer availability by appointment. They also encourage bookings for group parties such as bridal and birthday - or a fun girls weekend out. For more information on ALB, visit the Bacellis at 23 Jefferson Street or call 716-265-1980 to book an appointment.

that the Ellicottville Joint Fire Commission is responsible for the fiscal spending of the fire department - making sure they get exactly what they need and the tools they require to fight fires and keep the community safe. Their budget looks after repairs and/or replacement of equipment, supplies, turnout gear, the fire hall itself and of course the engines and trucks to service the county. “Her role as a member of the commission is to represent the Village of Ellicottville residents…” Fellow Commissioner and representative for the Fire Department Jack Rogan explains. The commission consists of five members, two representatives from the village (Lowes and Szpaicher), two representatives from the town (Timkey and Mike Guercio) and a representative of the fire department itself (Rogan). The Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department is just that – 100% volunteer. Rogan estimates that they have well over 65 volunteer department members. “On average, we

see about 100-125 calls for the fire department itself in a year.” A firefighter himself for over fifty years, (serving forty-nine of those with the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department), Rogan shares that the majority of the calls they see are for fire alarms, flooded basements, airlift transportation for emergency services, car accidents, traffic control, carbon-monoxide alarms, smoke alarms – a real variety of duties. “Unlike a doctor, we still make house calls!” Szpaicher echoes Rogan’s sentiments about the county’s fire department. “We are pretty lucky in our small town because we have a very responsive volunteer fire department. Since living near the fire hall and next to a volunteer, it’s incredible to see how much coming and going happens, they are always on the go! Fortunately, I have never needed to use our department, but I know people who have and it truly is amazing, the crew, the equipment, the response time!”

June 1. The Mayor said the company would give the Village $10,000 for trading in the present sidewalk plow. The current sidewalk plow is also a Bombardier that is about 12 years old and has 2400 operating hours, or about 200 hours per year.

The new plow will come equipped with a Vee plow. The current attachments including an angle blade, a snow blower, and a sander can all be fitted onto the new plow. See BOARD page 8

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Community Calender trail is easy - moderate with some slight January 8th – February 25th elevation changes. Moore’s Pancake House Participants should dress for the weather, opens for the season! bring a flashlight or headlamp, water, It’s that time of year when Moore’s open snack, and a sense of adventure. Everyone their Pancake House and offers all-youcan-eat hot buttermilk pancakes and fresh is welcome to stay after the hike to socialize in the Warming Hut. If there is no snow, we maple syrup! Their pancake house is will just walk the trails of the Art Roscoe adorned with family antiques ranging from Area. an old oxen yoke to a 1910 wedding dress! For more information on this event please Between Jan 8th and Feb 25th, they will visit are open Sundays only - 8am - 2pm. Menu can be found on their website. Beginning January 25th & 26th March 1, hours are as follows: Tuesday Holiday Valley’s Your Turn Women’s Ski - Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday Clinic 8am-6pm, Closed Mondays and Closed Holiday Valley Snowsports School is Easter Sunday. featuring the fifth annual “Your Turn” Tours of the maple operation are available women’s clinic on Thursday and Friday, when they are producing syrup, so come on January 25 and 26, 2018 led by Lisa out when you are free and see how syrup Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed is made. coach, instructor and ski racer and assisted For more information on this event by several of Holiday Valley’s finest please visit women instructors. Intermediate through mooresmaple advanced level skiers (can comfortably ski blues, some black diamonds) will benefit January 25th from this clinic. The clinic will begin at Allegany State Park Sunset Snowshoe or 8AM with registration and breakfast. Evening Hike on Tuesdays Pre-registration is advised as attendance Every Tuesday in January and February, is limited. Stop at or call the Snowsports Starting at the Summit Warming Hut on School Desk, 716-699-2345, ext 4422 or the the Red House side of the park, we will Creekside Lodge Children’s Desk at 716be hiking the new trail called Bear Paw 699-2345 ext.4424. dedicated to snowshoe use and hiking with For more information on this event please dogs (as long as they are leashed). The 2.4

visit January 25th – 28th Olean Community Theatre presents “West Side Story” Olean Community Theatre presents “West Side Story”! The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s. West Side Story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The dark theme, sophisticated music, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Show times are: Thurs/Fri/Sat - 7:30pm • Sun - 2pm For more information on this event please visit http://www.oleancommunitytheatre. com/ January 27th & 28th 2018 Southern Tier Curling Tournament A day for the community to get out of the house and gather to enjoy a day of competition and friendship in a most northernly way.... CURLING! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Portville Football Alumni Association which services a variety of needs within the school district. For more information on this event please visit events/1767069793602961

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Cont. From Page 7 The Mayor sent a letter to the Town Supervisor suggesting the Town pay half the lease on the new machine. The split payment would amount to $15,500 per year for each entity. In addition, the mayor offered to buy out the Town’s half of the Wacker for $5,000 per year for five years. The original price of the Wacker had been $52,000 or $26,500 for


Cont. From Cover are “zombie homes,” whose owners have abandoned ownership entirely and the structure is now owned by the bank. The banks typically are slow to deal with the properties and tend not to provide upkeep of the homes. Mr. Fredrickson explained other homes in Town still have the original owners but have stood empty for years. There are homes on Donlen, Toad Hollow, Simmons, East Washington, and Hencoop Hollow that fit into either one of the categories. He has notified the State Department of Financial Services about the properties and has sent letters to the banks and the owners requesting they take action on the properties. Fredrickson said the state has minimum standards for upkeep homeowners are required to meet, and those properties don’t meet them. The Board thanked him for his efforts. Four Flushers Report Supervisor McAndrew gave the Four Flushers report with an assist from Engineer Mark Alianello. The sludge removal plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant is almost complete. The idea is to dispose on-site of as much of the sludge as possible and truck out the rest. The work should be completed this summer. The bid for repairing the meter pit on Washington came in, and the Village said they couldn’t afford to pay their half. But the Village DPW crew did feel that they could install new pipes and metering if the old equipment is removed. Mr. Alianello asked the company for a

each municipality. A motion was made to authorize the purchase of the Bombardier and buy out the Town’s half of the Wacker. The motion passed. In other business, during the meeting, the Mayor said a testing part for the Waste Water Sewer plant had been sent. But, the box had been opened by the Post Office somewhere along the way, and the company received only an empty box. When it was sent no insurance was purchased for the $3,000 part. The Mayor said he

would put in a claim. Mr. Burrell spoke of the need to replace the torn baffle curtain in the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He said Diana Chihak the grant writer said, since replacing the curtain would be a capital improvement, there might be a grant to fund the repair. She will work on it. There was a mention of the potholes on Jefferson Street. Since it is a state highway, those holes are the state’s responsibility. The meeting went into executive session.

“demo only” bid. He has not received it yet. The revised version of the Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Village is ready. The board passed a resolution to authorize the Supervisor to sign it. The Department Reports were accepted as submitted. Engineering Report Valley Village has a severe drainage problem. Snowmelt and rain are flowing all over the place. The drainage from the parking lot and access road needs to be redone, and there are other issues. Valley Village does not have a formal HOA. The Engineer said he would set up a meeting with himself and homeowners to talk about sharing the cost of the work. The next step in the inventory of assets is getting the GPS coordinates onto the inventory map. Alianello said there is a small window of time to do this. The work must be done between the time the snow melts and before the leaves grow back on the trees. In that time, you can find the asset (say a utility hole cover), and the trees won’t block the GPS signal. To that end, he also said the utility holes should be opened, and the inside inspected every few years. He said the last time that was done was in the 90’s. The Engineer reported that all but two of the property owners along the path of the EVGV Recreational Trail have signed off on letting the trail cross their land. He said one would not be a problem, but the other owner is balking. The landowner is concerned that snowmobiles will use the trail in winter and is worried that hiker’s dogs will relieve themselves on their property. Mr. Alianello said he would meet with them to see what

they can work out. Police and Highway Reports Officer in Charge Don Auge said the department took possession of the new vehicle last week. The radio equipment is being installed. The Supervisor read a letter received from Officer Jim Bouchard complimenting the OIC. (See story: Auge Praised). Tom Scharf also came in for some praise as well. Although he was not at the meeting, Kenny Hinman said he had seen the Superintendent out early in the morning helping his plow crew remove snow from town intersections. Hinman said with Scharf cleaning up the intersections; his plow operators could just keep plowing and wouldn’t have to double back to clean up the crossroads. The Supervisor reported he had been approached by MEGA the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance. They are a group of municipalities that have banded together to obtain reduced electric and gas rates. The county is part of the alliance and joining them would be considered a shared service by the state. Mr. McAndrew asked for a motion to allow him to fill out the application. The Town would then receive a bid sheet from MEGA. The Town can join for two years or less. The motion passed. Sidewalk Plow The Town and Village have had an agreement where the Village will plow all Village and Town sidewalks if the Town pays for half the plows. (See story: Village Plow Purchase) A motion was made to accept the Village’s proposal which passed. The board went into executive session.

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