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Volume 13 ~ Issue 4

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Music Notes

Holiday Valley Celebrates 60 Commemorative Tribute Video Highlights the People


Winter Blues Weekend

What do Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin & Elvis Have in Common

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Friday, January 19th, 9PM GROWLERS BLUES BAND

Saturday, January 20th, 9PM

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MICK HAYES BAND Saturday, January 20th, 6PM

Clockwise Left to Right: Ellicottville Ski Club Kids 1985, Greer Hill 1940s, Holiday Valley’s 60th Anniversary Logo, Bob Siemer painting the original trail map in 1957, Bill and Edna Northrup at the Lincoln Hotel (Ellicottville Inn) 1950s.

Edna and Bill Northrup, the resort opened up to the public on January Earlier this month marked 7, 1958 with just four slopes! As part of the celebrations, a Holiday Valley Ski Resort’s 60th commemorative 60th anniversary year anniversary and the resort will continue to celebrate this milestone tribute video was created. The video highlights the family-feel at the event throughout the year. Founded by several members of the Ellicottville Ski Club including See “SKI” Page 7 By Leigh Fowler

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HAYDEN FOGEL BAND Friday, January 19th, 7PM TOMMY Z Saturday, January 20th, 6PM

The neat part about the Blues is how it evolved over the years, over the transplantation into the northern cities, including our own Buffalo New York’s Colored Musicians Club, which is the longest continuously operating Colored Musicians Club in the country.

By Carol Fisher

It’s Blues weekend in Ellicottville. Visitors and locals alike have yet another reason to visit our sweet little town and enjoy what we offer. Alas, between our fine winter sports weather (for which we are famous,

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

Villager Photo Contest Winner

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ahem!) and our seasonal changes, we cannot offer you the large open windows you’ll find on Beale Street in Memphis, Nashville, N’Orleans, Key West and most rockin’ points South, but we do offer a refuge

ECS Nixes Annexation Study

Congrats to Matthew McCormack Visiting from Australia!

2 GUYS DRINKIN’ BEER Friday, January 19th, 9PM BLUE LIGHT BLUES BAND Saturday, January 20th, 9PM

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THE UNTOUCHABLES Saturday, January 20th, 4PM

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

What’s Shakin’ In E’ville:... Page 6

Comprehensive List of All the Action in Town this Weekend

The weekend kicks off at Balloons from 7-10:30pm with the Hayden Fogle Band. This Buffalo phenom isn’t even 18 and he’s been on stage with Buddy Guy and James Cotton to name a few.

Ellicottville’s Cupcaked in Theatre... Pg. 2

Ray Evans Theatre in Salamanca Debuts EVL Bakery The performance of Pippin mark the debut of sales by Cupcaked at the theater. Theater-goers will be able to purchase treats from the Ellicottville-based bakery an hour prior to the show’s performance and during intermission.

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

Releases Statement Regarding West Valley Annexation

By Nicholas Pircio

He’s from Australia visiting the Ellicottville region. And he’s enjoying the experience. Matthew McCormack is finding new friends on his trip around the Southern Tier and nearby Canada. McCormick is the winner of two ski passes to Holiday Valley, courtesy of a photography contest put on by The Villager. (You can see his photo online www. McCormack spoke to The Villager from a horse-ranch farm in Cattaraugus where he is visiting friends. He spotted The Villager’s photo of the week competition and thought he’d give it a shot. He plans to bring See “VISITOR” Page 7

Story by John Thomas Staff Writer For several years now, West Valley School District athletes have been bussed to ECS to participate in the school’s sports programs. The move came about because West Valley’s student population

Women’s Ski Clinic

was insufficient for organizing sports teams. With ECS’s student enrollment increasing and West Valley’s on the decline, the concept of combining the two districts in some way has been floated before. Recently West Valley raised the See “ECS” Page 8

Contractors Day @ HM

HV’s Your Turn Women’s Ski Clinic

Contractors Day at HoliMont; January 26th

Holiday Valley Snowsports School is featuring the fifth annual “Your Turn” women’s clinic next Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26, 2018 led by Lisa Densmore Ballard, a widely acclaimed coach, instructor and ski racer and assisted by several of Holiday Valley’s finest women instructors. Intermediate through advanced level skiers (can comfortably ski blues, some black diamonds) will benefit from this clinic. The clinic will begin at 8AM with registration and breakfast. Preregistration is advised as attendance is limited. Stop at or call the Snowsports School Desk, 716-699-2345, ext 4422 or the Creekside Lodge Children’s Desk at 716-699-2345 ext.4424.

While sitting on a beach in Puerto Rico, two contractors took out a cocktail napkin and made a list of other contractors that ski. Knowing that winter is the off-season for their business, they thought they would start something new. These two contractors, Brad Banks from Midland Asphalt (member since 1994) and “Weed” Fredrick from ABC Paving Co., decided they would try to get some guys together for a ski day – hence “Contractor’s Day.” In 1981, eleven men from Midland, ABC, Syracuse Supply, Oakgrove Construction, and Holmes and Murphy met on the slopes and had the first Contractor’s Ski Day, mixing a little business with a lot of pleasure. 36 years later, Contractor’s Day at HoliMont has become one of the most successful group ski days they host. Its success is due in part to the late Dave Pitkin. The first Contractor’s Day was at Holiday Valley, but Dave, a former Director of HoliMont and a member, thought that HoliMont was the perfect place to have this function. He was right! It has grown every year with a maximum of 850+ people participating. Dave’s passion was the racing program.

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See “DAY” Page 8

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

Page 2 ~ The Villager ~ January 18 - 24, 2018

Publisher’s Word “Winter Blues Got You Down?”




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Late January can be problematic for some folks, even if you’re currently enjoying another wonderful

winter of skiing and boarding. Everything’s great, but for some reason, you’re feeling a bit let down… Perhaps you’re thinking about paying all your Christmas bills, or the fact we still have another six months of winter ahead… Who knows? The inescapable fact is we ALL get the Blues from time to time – why, it’s as natural as sliding down “The Wall” on your keister! But do we have a cure for you – yes, we do! This weekend’s “Winter Blues Festival” promises to be nothing short of spectacular, with wonderful music and fun things to do taking center stage

at all of our great bars and restaurants. Just take a look at the schedule on Page 6 – jam-packed with some terrific artists from all over the blues music scene! Leon & the Forklifts? The Bone Shakers? With names like that, who could resist venturing out to have a listen and dance those winter doldrums away? I’m thinking this just might be the makings of one fabulous weekend of entertainment… So dear readers, time to saddle up once again to spend some quality après ski time in the village where fun knows no bounds! See you out there! Until next week… JZ-C

Happy Birthday

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 Dina DiPasquale ..... Jan. 24th • Gary Peters Sr. ..... Jan. 25th

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 263 - Year to date 2,557

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County Reports Record Lodging Revenue in Ellicottville Ellicottville, NY – The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of all our members is proud to report that we have again set another record for overnight stays in Ellicottville! In the final quarter of 2017 Ellicottville surpassed its best fourth quarter results and equaled its best year overall with just under 60% of all county lodging revenues coming from Ellicottville. Of the total county wide collections of $806,000, just

under $469,000 came from Ellicottville’s hotels B &B’s and condos. “It’s a combination of great events, an amazing blend of retail, restaurants, nightlife and a consistent marketing effort by the Chamber” said Brian McFadden, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. “We are fortunate to have two top notch ski areas and especially all of the summer activities offered at Holiday Valley” he went on to say.

In 2017, the Chambers eleven multi-day festivals and events continued to grow and draw overnight visitors. With the addition of the first annual Lacrosse Festival held in September we are sure to see continued growth. The Lacrosse event drew 38 teams in its first year of a five-year contract with over 2,000 visitors attending. Not being an organization to rest on its laurels, stay tuned for more in 2018.

E’Villes Cupcaked in Theatre Debut of Sales During February’s Performance of “Pippin” at Evans

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Rehearsals are underway for Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association’s February production of “Pippin,” to be performed at Salamanca’s Ray Evans Seneca Theater, 10 Main St. The 20-member show features Talia Van Druff as the leading player and Chris Borland as Pippin. Directed by Todd Wagner, the show features songs such as “Magic to Do,” and “Corner of the Sky.” “Pippin” was the winner of the 2013 Tony award for Best

Musical Revival. Written by Stephen Schwartz, the production is a coming-ofage show about a boy on his journey to becoming a man. The performance will also mark the debut of sales by Cupcaked at the theater. Theater-goers will be able to purchase treats from the Ellicottville-based bakery an hour prior to the show’s performance and during intermission. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24 and at 2 p.m.

Feb. 18 and 25. Tickets are $15 at the door and can also be purchased by visiting Pippin2018. “Pippin” is the first production in the living arts association’s season, which will also feature “Swingtime Canteen” May 4-13 and “Beauty and the Beast,” which is planned for Aug. 10-19. For more information about the shows, volunteering or donating to the arts association, please call the theater at 945-1003.

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~ In Memoriam ~

Gary Parsons, 48 years old, born on August 18, 1969, died unexpectedly at his home in South Jordon, Utah, Thursday morning, January 11, 2018. He was born in his father’s hometown, Corry, PA., and grew up in Ellicottville, NY., with his parents, John and Sue Parsons and younger brother, Noble Parsons. He graduated from Ellicottville Central School in 1988 and from SUNY at Albany in 1993.  Gary was a devoted, loyal and loving husband and father, often described as “one of a kind” by most with his witty and funny personality and sense of humor, and a person who could always be counted on.   His life in Ellicottville was filled with his family and friends, many of whom gathered daily after school in the “back room” of his home on Jefferson Street and in the summer, riding bikes, going to the park, playing ball in the back yard late into the evening. Team sports were a passion of Gary’s while growing up as he focused on playing soccer,

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Gary Parsons ~ 1969-2018 baseball, and basketball and in college where he played baseball and rugby, and as an adult he was an avid hiker/ mountain biker, working out at the gym daily. Gary always prioritized staying fit and in shape, inspiring many to do the same. After college his childhood friend Kenny Way invited him to Phoenix, Az. for visit, then a stay for two years, which led Gary to his professional life as an IT recruiter, working first in Tulsa, OK, and then in the Salt Lake City area, where he much enjoyed the outdoor life offered there.   During trips to Ellicottville, Gary spent time with his family and his childhood friends, including one visit in 2004 when he met up with childhood friend Elke Mentley, a visit coordinated by her sister Meagan. They were engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2005 maintaining long distance contact while Elke finished school in Seneca Falls, NY. After her graduation in June 2006, they were married on Aug. 18, 2006 in a beautiful ceremony in their hometown at St. John’s Episcopal Church where Gary had served as an altar boy in his youth. Family and friends gathered for an unforgettable party to celebrate their wedding dancing and reminiscing while the rain poured down. They shared together the love of the outdoor life in Salt Lake City such as skiing, hiking and just being outside, making new friends and remaining connected to their childhood

friends, which was very important to them both. In 2013, they started a new life as parents of a beautiful daughter Sawyer. Her arrival forever changed Gary. He embraced fatherhood, and loved every second of being a great Dad to their beloved daughter, and later to their son Chernet, a blessing who came into their lives in 2016. Gary and Elke were an amazing team raising their children and feeding off each other’s strengths. Gary happily and expertly coordinated celebrations for birthdays, presents for holidays and special events for his family, he loved them so much! The day before his death he drove Sawyer to her new ballet class in which he had enrolled her. He was so proud of his family and the life that he and Elke had started together.     Gary loved life, he adored his wife and kids, he was an amazing son, brother, uncle and friend! Gary will be loved and missed by all of the lives he touched.   Gary is survived by his beloved wife Elke Parsons, daughter Sawyer Fenet and son Chernet Parsons, parents Sue and John Parsons and brother Noble Parsons.   To honor Gary’s life, family and friends will be gathering from 12-3 on Saturday, January 20 at Villaggio Restaurant in Ellicottville, NY (http:// There is also a Memorial Fund set up for Gary https://www.

~ The Villager ~ Page 3

January 18 - 24, 2018

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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!

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Grab your friends & family and head over to the Holiday Valley Tubing Co. Tubing is fun for all ages! Kids age 15 & under $12 on Thursday & Friday!

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Aspire of WNY and Independent Health present the 6th annual “Ski the Valley” on Sunday, January 28th. Aspire’s mission is to support children and adults with developmental and similar disabilities, helping them to live their lives to the fullest by providing individualized assistance based on personal choices. “Ski the Valley” is a day to benefit children and adults with disabilities in the Western New York area. Aspire of WNY has been a leader in providing innovative, person-centered programs and services for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities for nearly 70 years. Michael Holley, Aspire’s Vice President of Development, claims this to be a very

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Are you feeling a little blue and under the weather? Maybe it’s because you caught Cabin Fever. Lucky for you there’s a cure for that, join us for a day of fun and enjoyment in the

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Pro Shop in St. Catharines, Source for Sports in London, The North Face in Niagara Falls, and Paramount in Guelph. US shops include Phatman in Tonawanda, NY, Jamestown Cycle Shop in Jamestown, NY, Red Door in Williamsville, NY, Ski company in Rochester and Syracuse, NY, Ski Chalet in Niles, OH, and Eastern H2O in Pittsburgh, PA. We hope to see new and familiar faces for your Cabin Fever cure!

Holiday Valley Announces Two New Board Members January 16, 2018, Ellicottville, NY…Dennis Eshbaugh, President of Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville announced on Saturday, January 13 that two new members were elected to the Board of Directors of WinSum Ski Corp, dba Holiday Valley Resort to replace two retiring board members. Ward Dobbins of Lockport and Greg Fitzpatrick of Ellicottville will be taking their seats in January and February respectively. Both men have life-long histories with Holiday Valley, beginning as children skiing with their families and now enjoying skiing and golfing at the resort with their own children. Dobbins is CEO of HH Dobbins, Inc, a company that handles, manages and

markets fruit, representing some of the finest growers in the world. Born and raised on the family fruit farm in Western New York, Ward returned from four years at John Carroll University to join H.H. Dobbins Inc., Thruway Produce and H.H. Dobbins and Son in 1986. He has since purchased United Apple Sales and is kept busy overseeing and guiding the direction of the four companies. Ward is on the US Apple Export Council, The New York State Apple Marketing Order Board, and The New York State Horticultural Society Board. Fitzpatrick is the President of Fitzpatrick & Weller, Inc, a fourth generation forestry management company, wood components manufacturer and hardwoods exporter located

in Ellicottville. Greg attended Notre Dame University. Prior to his position at Fitzpatrick and Weller, Greg was employed as a CPA at Price Waterhouse Buffalo from 1982 to 1988. Greg is an Ellicottville Town Councilman and a member of the boards of the Cattaraugus County IDA, the Lumberman’s Insurance Trust, and Penn York Lumbermen’s Club. Both Dobbins and Fitzpatrick credit Holiday Valley with influencing their sense of family and the way they believe in a healthy environment and lifestyle. As new Board members they hope to learn more about the leadership of Holiday Valley and grow the future by building on the successes of the past.

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By Dan Balkin HoliMont Snowsports School I immediately chuckled when I stumbled upon the picture of the two skiers. Being a card carrying member of the male gender, I think I have every right to have a little laugh at the male’s expense. For any long-standing ski instructor will eventually confront the scenario exposed in the picture – the wife or girlfriend is a better skier than the Type A male. Let’s just say it creates an interesting dynamic. Unless human evolution takes a sudden and dramatic turn, God only gave us so many body parts. In one sense, all the parts of your body are important to ski correctly. But in another sense, some body parts are more important than others. To put it simply, when I find that I am feeling a bit off with my own skiing, I normally revisit a few simple items on my body part checklist. Think about it, when the Leaning Tower of Pisa was in danger of toppling over about 20 years ago, the Italian engineers called in to save it did not go looking for solutions at the top of the Tower – they knew the real problem (and eventual

would have had no idea how to rescue the Leaning Tower, or even how to make pizza in Pisa. But I could tell the gentleman how to ski better: #1) I would instruct him to tighten the muscles in both of his shins as he skis. No, that is not another snide aside. I am really serious. Please try it right now. Notice how doing that makes your toes rise slightly upward and your ankles to flex. It is one of the simplest and most effective ski tips. We don’t have to think about all the intricate biology of the muscles that crisscross our shins – we just need to “tighten and flex.” #2) Keep some flex in your ankles even as you transition to a new ski turn. If you look at the woman, she is already looking toward her next ski turn. She will maintain some flexion in her ankles even as she begins her new ski turn – JUST LIKE WE DO WHEN WE WALK. Thinks about it, as you make steps, your ankles never completely straighten out – they are always slightly flexed. We should also ALWAYS keep some flexion in our ankles as we ski. The man, on the other hand, has never properly flexed his ankles to begin with and that severely compromises his sense of balance and overall abilities as a skier. Well, as noted before, pizza recipes and engineering dilemmas in Italy are not my forte. But if I was teaching the man skiing in Northern Italy’s magnificent Dolomites – I would tell him two things: don’t place any more substantial wagers on Buffalo sports franchises, and heed my advice as listed in #1 and #2. Ciao.

solution) lay at the bottom. Just like a stable building needs a strong foundation – so does a ski turn. Sure, sometimes I concentrate on my hands, my hips, my upper and lower body separation, and where in the world the cash is coming from for my daughter’s next university tuition payment. But when it is all said and done, if we want to make adjustments in our skiing, they most often need to start with the feet and lower legs – the “foundation” of our ski turns. So what is he doing wrong? First of all, ten years ago he placed a substantial wager with a casual friend that a Buffalo sports franchise would win a championship by 2018. Can you spell M-I-S-T-A-K-E? Anyway, besides that, look at the position of his ankles relative to hers. Even with ski boots on and the spraying snow, it is obvious that her ankles are flexed and his are not. The flex in her ankles is one of the factors allowing her to be in a balanced stance over her skis. He, on the other hand, is in the proverbial “back seat” (his weight is too far back). In the short term, you simply can’t do proper ski turns from the back seat; in the long term, especially in gnarlier, steeper, or icier conditions, you will be far more likely to lose your balance and fall. Not being an Italian engineer or chef, I

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Did you know that some type of insomnia will affect one in three of us? And women, we are up to twice as likely to experience sleeplessness as men. More stress? Probably. Less physical activity? Perhaps. But don’t take this news lying down (staring at the ceiling). Here are 5 tips to do your part to make every night a restful night. TimeAllow yourself some time to wind down each evening. Bustling around, trying to get a few more things done before you retire is counterproductive to good sleep. Even social networking before bed can stimulate the brain, making it hard to truly relax when your head hits the pillow. Environment-Some people can sleep anywhere. Most of us can’t. Creating a sleep-friendly environment might include controlling the amount of light in your bedroom, your room temperature and the amount of noise reaching your ears. Consider black-out curtains, earplugs, turning on a fan, listening to mellow music, a bark collar for the dog and other changes that might make your sleep room a better place for real rest. Create a Routine-Doing the same thing every night can help train your body that it’s time for sleep. Make a light protein drink, brush your teeth, read for 10 minutes, then listen to relaxing music, pray. Whatever your routine should be, stick with it for at least two weeks and see if sleep is less elusive. Note: Exercising too close to bedtime can stimulate the mind, making sleep much more difficult for some people. However exercising is good at any time during the day. I find

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“I think I’ll walk on down into the town and look around for that wonderful sound they sometimes call the blues.” It’s Winter Blues Weekend and it’s gonna be a hot one. Buckle up and get ready for the ride. First off, Thursday, we go to The Gin Mill for a head start with Joseph and Johnson from 8-11pm. They do an acoustic percussive set of covers from Simon and Garfunkel to Pink Floyd and you can sing or dance or just enjoy the ambiance. The latest kitchen in Ellicottville, open till 11pm weeknights for those with the munchies. FRIDAY The weekend kicks off at Balloons from 7-10:30pm with the Hayden Fogle Band. This Buffalo phenom isn’t even 18 and he’s been on stage with Buddy Guy and James Cotton to name a few. Blues covers and originals that smoke. DjXcite will follow with some mash-up for your twerk. Liam Jones will be playing some acoustic covers at the back bar from 10-2am. Madigans also has music from 7-11pm with Ade Adu. He plays acoustic covers from Dave Mathews to Luke Bryant to Howie Day. Dj Cobra Con will be scratchin some slide for your Bernie till 2am. Foosball and pool tables available for you weekend warriors. Finnerty’s joins the fun with Brian Ash from 8-12am. Brian does covers from Led Zeppelin to Bruce. Check out the Pad Thai selections on the menu.

Villaggio is up next with The Patti Parks and the Sizzlin Heat. This Woman’s Blues HOF and Buffalo Music HOF inductee plays blues, jazz, R&B and is a veteran touring musician. She will perform from 9-12am and ask about merchandise. The Gin Mill closes out the evening with Two Guys Drinking Beer. These two characters do an up-tempo acoustic set and have a great patter from the stage. If you’re drinking beer then you can be part of the band. 26 draughts on tap and the kitchen stays open till midnight on weekends. SATURDAY Ellicottville Brewing Company joins the parade at 4-7pm with The Untouchables. These guys are a Blues Brothers style cover band that gets the crowd out on the dance floor. At 6pm we’re back at Balloons for the Tommy Z Band. This Buffalo singer/ songwriter/guitar slinger is a multi award winner and is a member of the Buffalo Music HOF. He’s played the blues all around the world and should have some CD’s available. They play till 9:30pm when Dj Kage hits the sound booth playing some grease for you rhythmically dyslexic dancers. Qwister will be at the back bar from 10-2am with some rustbelt techno reggae if you want it a little quieter. Next up is Madigans with Mick Hayes from 6-10pm. Mick is one of Buffalo’s premier singer/songwriter/ guitar players. He plays a blues rock style music but is

just as comfortable with an acoustic in his hand singing contemporary songs. Tex’s Karaoke will follow from 102am for all you drunken rock star wannabes. We return to The Gin Mill from 9-1am for The Blue Light Blues Band. These guys do traditional blues covers and have been playing in E’ville since the Double Diamond days. 26 draughts and the latest kitchen in the village. Villaggio will have The Growler Blues Band from 9-12am. These guys are one of Buffalo’s top blues bands and play all over western New York. Blues covers and originals are their genre and I believe they have some tee shirts and koozies for sale. Over at Finnerty’s from 9-1am DNR On Tap will be playing. They bill themselves as working mans blues and the members have clocked a lot of years playing live music. Check em out. As we’ve done since it was the Niagara Creek it’s Wednesday, Wagner, Winston and wings from 8-11pm, an après tradition in E’ville and for good reason. Cheap wings, cold beer, Sabres hockey and some fine music. I hope everyone has a great weekend of skiing, music, eating and fun. And remember as you’re watching the music to see if the bands are selling merchandise because a lot of these musicians do this for a living and the merchandise pays for the gas in the van and the house and never forget, ALWAYS SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!

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Ski Cont. From Cover mountain, celebrates the many life-long staff members, old photos showcase the vision, history and evolution of the site along with commentary from staff, visitors and family members including original co-founder Edna Northrup. Dennis Eshbaugh, President and General Manager narrates the video and describes the evolution and success of the resort best: “It’s not the heart, or the body. The real key is the soul of the company, which is the people.” Edna Northrup is featured in the commemorative 60th Anniversary tribute video and shares her passion and excitement for what the resort has become: “Never in my life did I think


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from the cold on Ellicottville’s rockin’ Main and Monroe Streets, where the Blues can be heard pouring out of the open doors. Welcome! So, what’s The Blues, anyway? Well, a little research into the History of revealed this noteworthy tale: “The origins of blues is not unlike the origins of life. For many years, it was recorded only by memory, and relayed only live, and in person. The Blues were born in the North Mississippi Delta following the Civil War. Influenced by African roots, field hollers,” (stop right here and imagine the scene of overheated, sweating farm laborers keeping their work rhythm and their sanity, for sure, by hollering their songs to each other. Quite a telling scene, isn’t it? Hardly the fun time that has evolved over the many years. But, back to our history story) “… ballads, church music and rhythmic dance tunes called jump-ups evolved into a music for a singer who would engage in call-and-response with his guitar. He would sing a line, and the guitar would answer.” So, Blues lovers … surely you know the story of The Crossroads of Highways 61 and 49, Clarksdale, Mississippi (remember Crossroads, by Eric Clapton, or Led Zeppelins, Lemon Song?). For those of you who don’t, here is one of the legends in which these songs are built. This “vision” related by Henry Goodman, tells the story of a certain, not very musically gifted, Robert Johnson who makes a deal with … well, allow me to share a portion of his dialect which I can in no way create as colorfully: “Robert Johnson been playing down in Yazoo City and over at Beulah trying to get back up to Helena, ride left him out on a road next to the levee, walking up the highway, guitar in his hand propped up on his shoulder. October cool night, full moon filling up the dark sky, Robert


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his sister, who’s also from Australia, with him to go skiing on Saturday. His sister is visiting London, Ontario on a college exchange program. “I’ve never been to America or Canada before, and I really like the country and the people.” He’s already travelled in Europe and Asia. A lawyer by profession, the 27-year-old McCormack is staying in this area for six weeks, taking a break from work and doing some travelling. Since December, he has visited New York City, Toronto, and Washington

I would see Holiday Valley come from just a two-slope that Bill and I hand-seeded with a seeder and look up there and see what this has developed into. How proud I am to be part of the whole thing and to see it grow and to see the people that run it and their love of it!” Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh explains that family has always been the main focus of the mountain’s efforts. She reports that it is quite common for her to see generation after generation of family members come out and ski, quite often hosting their own special events at the slope, many even getting married on site! Without question, the resort has attracted life-long staffers – including their 5-person Executive Team – which when combined, holds over 170 years of experience between President and General Manager Dennis Eshbaugh,

VP of Operations Bonnie Koschir, VP of Finance David Trathen, Director of Mountain Operations Steve Crowley and Director of Marketing Jane Eshbaugh. The 2017/2018 season is benefitting from an expansion budget of over 3.3 million dollars’ worth of upgrades including the creation of two new trails bringing the resort’s tally to 60 trails in 60 years! Along with their regular activities, Holiday Valley is excited about their upcoming Penguin Paddle Adaptive Program Fundraiser (Feb 24th) and the inaugural Boardroom Banked Slalom (March 4th). Watch for an anniversarythemed commemorative float which will be featured in this year’s Mardi Gras/Winter Festival parade during the March 10/11 weekend. You can watch this historic video on Holiday Valley’s You Tube Channel.

Johnson thinking about Son House preaching to him, ‘Put that guitar down, boy, you drivin’ people nuts.’ Robert Johnson needing as always a woman and some whiskey. Big trees all around, dark and lonesome road, a crazed, poisoned dog howling and moaning in a ditch alongside the road sending electrified chills up and down Robert Johnson’s spine, coming up on a crossroads just south of Rosedale. Robert Johnson, feeling bad and lonesome, knows people up the highway in Gunnison. Can get a drink of whiskey and more up there. Man sitting off to the side of the road on a log at the crossroads says, ‘You’re late, Robert Johnson.’ Robert Johnson drops to his knees and says, ‘Maybe not’”. The tale ends with a sale: “You know where you are, Robert Johnson? You are standing in the middle of the crossroads. At midnight, that full moon is right over your head. You take one more step you’ll be in Rosedale. You take this road to the east, you’ll get back over to Highway 61 in Cleveland, or you can turn around and go back down to Beulah or just go to the west and sit up on the levee and look at the River. But if you take one more step in the direction you’re headed, you going to be in Rosedale at midnight under this full October moon, and you are going to have the Blues like never known to this world. My left hand will be forever wrapped around your soul, and your music will possess all who hear it. That’s what’s going to happen. That’s what you better be prepared for. Your soul will belong to me. This is not just any crossroads. I put this “X” here for a reason, and I been waiting on you.” Robert Johnson rolls his head around, his eyes upwards in their sockets to stare at the blinding light of the moon which has now completely filled tie pitch-black Delta night, piercing his right eye like a bolt of lightning as the midnight hour hits. He looks the big man squarely in the eyes and says, “Step back, Devil-Man, I’m going to Rosedale. I am the Blues.”

(Please go to vagabonding. net for the whole narrative in Rolf Potts’ lively language. You can also Google The Crossroads Blues Society Rosedale, Mississippi.) Following his encounter, in 1933, this same Robert Johnson met up with Blues Masters Son House and Willie Brown on Beale Street, who, when they heard him play, promoted this now guitar genius into the fame he always craved. While y’all are having a good time listening to the soulful music, the origins were anything but fun. It was a story of bad luck. It was the constant story of troubles at the hand of others. The Blues is a distillation of the laborer’s spirit revealing his soul to the world. It was the story of a race crying to be free from the troubles life dealt them. So, folks, this is the backstory of the Blues which is a cornerstone of all African American (and much of our Rock) music that you are enjoying this week. Whew. The neat part is how it evolved over the years, over the transplantation into the northern cities, including our own Buffalo New York’s Colored Musicians Club, which is the longest continuously operating Colored Musicians Club in the country. Yes, Buffalo. In the ‘30’s through the ‘50’s this club hosted Jazz and Blues stars like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. You can visit this historical club any day of the week and even join an open jam on Sunday’s in the second-floor bar. You can also check out the downstairs museum for ten bucks (call for times – go to Yahoo) and explore the evidence of a time when our own Buffalo NY was one of the main tour stops for influential jazz musicians. Surely, if Ellicottville were what Ellicottville is today, we would have been hosting those greats in our small town. Heck, maybe even Elvis, who surely got his start with the melodies and rhythms of the Blues, would have graced our stages. Imagine!

D-C. He’ll go to London, Ontario to visit with his sister, take in Montreal and Ottawa, and also visit with cousins in New York. When asked what he thinks of Ellicottville, McCormack said he loves it, especially the fact that snow is “everywhere…to be on the ski village and walk out and have snow everywhere, the lots are beautiful. It’s a very different experience.” He explains although where he’s from, Canberra, has the coldest weather in Australia, it’s not the same. “The coldest we get is minus two or minus three. But it doesn’t snow there, for that we have to go to the mountains. Having snow on the roads and in the

villages (here) is pretty neat.” In Australia, McCormack likes to do a lot of cross country skiing. “I’m good at cross country, not as good at downhill, but I’d like to do some downhill at Holiday Valley.” And he sounds interested in the local cross country opportunities, such as Allegany State Park. McCormack is also enjoying the indoor attractions of an Ellicottville winter, “I visited one of the pubs and went to the brewery one night which was really cool. One of the people I know, their daughter used to work at the brewery and sent me there. Good beer, good nightlife See VISITOR page 8

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Community Calender includes equipment, beginner lesson and January 8th – February 25th beginner area lift ticket) Tickets on sale at Moore’s Pancake House in December. Quantities are opens for the season! limited! It’s that time of year when Moore’s open For more information on this event please their Pancake House and offers all-youvisit can-eat hot buttermilk pancakes and fresh maple syrup! Their pancake house is January 19th & 20th adorned with family antiques ranging from Ellicottville’s Winter Blues an old oxen yoke to a 1910 wedding dress! Weekend 2018 Between Jan 8th and Feb 25th, they will The Village of Ellicottville heats up are open Sundays only - 8am - 2pm. Menu January 19-20 during Winter Blues can be found on their website. Beginning Weekend. Old Man Winter got you down? March 1, hours are as follows: Tuesday Ready to come out of hibernation to hear - Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday some great music? Ellicottville’s many area 8am-6pm, Closed Mondays and Closed venues and establishments will have some Easter Sunday. Tours of the maple operation are available of the hottest blues musicians to help you when they are producing syrup, so come on climb out of that January funk. Check back often as we add artists and venues to the out when you are free and see how syrup calendar! Ellicottville’s hot spots feature is made. live, local, Blues acts both Friday and For more information on this event Saturday nights. It’s a great way to keep please visit warm on this cold winter weekend! mooresmaple For more information on this event please visit 18th calendar/winter-blues-brews-weekend/ I Ski NY’s “Discover NY Ski Day” at Holiday Valley January 20th & 21st Bring your friends and family to discover Greater Olean Area Outdoor & skiing and riding in New York State! Recreational Sports Show 2018 Purchase an 8-hour ticket Holiday Valley Whether coming off the big game season, lift ticket through Ski Areas of New York at enjoying winter sports, gearing up for just $24, or grab a Learn to Ski or Learn to spring fishing or looking to spend a fun Snowboard package for just $25. (package

day with family, everyone will enjoy the 9th annual Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Recreational Sports Show. It brings the whole of great outdoors under one roof! For more information visit https://www. January 20th Free Movies at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater 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. 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! Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on this event please visit

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★ ★ Sudoku Challenge ★ ★ This Week’s Difficulty Level:

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To solve a Sudoku puzzle, place a number into each box so that each row across, each column down, and each small 9-box square within the larger diagram (there are 9 of these) will contain every number from 1 through 9. In other words, no number will appear more than once in any row, column, or smaller 9-box square. Working with the numbers already given as a guide, complete each diagram with the missing numbers that will lead to the correct solution. Good luck!

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FOR SALE - Condominium at SnowPine Village. One bedroom, Loft, Sleeps 8. Ski in, Ski out. Gas Fireplace, Beautiful View. Call Owner at 716 604-6931

HOUSE FOR SALE BY OWNER - 4 Bd/ 2 Ba Rte. 242 4 miles to town. Sold furnished,turn key, 2 acre lot, maintenance free, vinyl & stone. $192,500. Shown by appointment only (716)983-4167

FOR RENT FOR RENT – Newly constructed home for Rent, High-end brand new ski house. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, wood burning fireplace. Sleeps 8 – 10 people, Only 2 miles from The Village. Call 716-378-4223 SEASONAL RENTALS - 2 & 3 Bedroom, fully furnished, in Village, 1 mile from slopes starting at $4500.00. Email - or Phone - (905) 357-9163 or (905) 651-3342

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED at Silver Fox Steakhouse for an experienced line cook. Please stop in for an application 23 Hughey Alley Ellicottville, NY 14731. HELP WANTED – Part Time Bartender needed. Call Joanne at The Ellicottville American Legion at 716-699-2386


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substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek advice of your physician Cont. From Page 6 the or other qualified health care provider with any questions The contents of this you have regarding a medical article are for informational condition, and before purposes only and are not a undertaking any diet, dietary atmosphere.” The Villager is holding this weekly photo competition the season. Cont. From Page 7 throughout Send in your favorite Ellicottville shots to info@ and good food, with a good or post


We agreed at first that we would participate. Once we received the document from Castillo and Silky LLC, whom West Valley hired to conduct the study, it seemed to us they were requesting some very detailed information for a pre-annexation study. This document was several pages long with 46 complex questions. We requested a meeting with the West Valley Superintendent and a couple of their board members to discuss the prestudy questions and to see why West Valley was even doing the study at this time. During our meeting with the West Valley Superintendent and their Board President and Vice-President it became clear to us, both districts lack

interest in any annexation plan at this time. Therefore, it is our responsibility to the ECS school taxpayers and students to spend our time and resources concentrating on our home district and continue to embrace change, celebrate success and surpass expectations. Our district is in healthy condition now, our enrollment is up our financial statues is strong, we are exceeding state and national standards academically, and we have strong participation and achievement in extracurricular activities. Perhaps in the future, we may be in a position to participate in a comprehensive annexation study. But, we politely decline to participate in any further in West Valley’s study at this time.

coaching, demo equipment, breakfast and lunch each day plus dinner on Thursday. Cont. From Cover Specially priced lift tickets will be available. Lodging Cost of the clinic is $290 special at the Inn at Holiday and it includes 2 days of Valley for Wednesday and

Thursday nights, Call 800323-0020. For details on the schedule, please visit HolidayValley. com. For more information on this event please visit http://

Cont. From Cover concept again, requesting ESC participate in a preannexation study to discover how such a joining might work. At the ECS Board meeting last week the Board read a statement giving its response. It reads as follows: On behalf of the Ellicottville Central Board and Superintendent, we would like to share our concerns regarding the West Valley school district preannexation study. We were approached by the West Valley school board to see if we would be interested in participating in this study.

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Cont. From Cover This year is the 31st Annual David Pitkin Memorial Ski Race, dedicated to him to commemorate his enduring

spirit, his contributions to the HoliMont Racing Club, and his part in creating the racing hill. Friday, January 26, 2018 is the 37th Annual Contractor’s Day at HoliMont sponsored by: B&L Wholesale Supply, Upstate Steel/Upstate Rebar, Milton Cat, Park Place

Installations, Jamestown Macadam, Inc., C.P. Ward, Hamburg Overhead Door, Anderson Equipment Company, County Line Stone, International Chimney Corporation, Thermal Foams Inc, Noco, LaFarge, Lawley, Kanberra, Watts Architecture and LiftTech.

Parking Ban in Ellicottville

To all residents and visitors to the Village of Ellicottville: There is a Winter Parking Ban in the Village. This Ban affects Washington Street from Jefferson Street to Mill Street: and Monroe Street from Elizabeth Street to Martha Street and is in effect from November 1 thru March 31 annually. There is NO PARKING on these streets 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. to allow the Village D.P.W. to remove snow in the Village Business District. This parking ban will be enforced daily regardless of snow conditions. Furthermore, please do not leave vehicles parked on or across sidewalks which would interfere with the removal of snow by the Village sidewalk plow. Thank you for your cooperation. Ellicottville Police Department

USASA Boardercross Weekend : January 27th & 28th, 2018 : Holiday Valley Resort

January 18 - 24, 2018

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Architectural Spotlight of Ellicottville Put This Home On Your List!

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The perfect place to get away from it all. Secluded chalet on 3+ wooded acres - serviced by natural gas! Great bright, open floor plan: kitchen, dining, living room, master suite, mudroom and half bath on first floor. Second floor has large family room, 3 bedrooms and another full bath. Full walk-out basement ready to finish into a rec room and plumbed for another bathroom. Attached 2-car garage. Just 5 minutes to the Village of Ellicottville - skiing, shops, restaurants. Move in ready! For more information give Melanie Pritchard a call now! (716) 480-8409 or email: Visit their NEW website for more great chalets & homes and don’t forget to find them on Facebook and Instagram for everything Ellicottville!

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439 TAMARACK 1 of the largest units avail. Over 1500 sq. ft. 3 BR/2.5 BTH & laundry. Ski in/out. Rental potential. B484137 $187,000

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2 UPPER MOUNTAINVIEW View of both resorts, and a short walk to the village. 3 BR/ 2 ½ BTH offered furnished. B504046 $279,000

27 ALPINE MEADOWS Upgraded 3 BR/ 2 BTH across the street from Holiday Valley. Being offered fully furnished. B1033273 $259,900

F204 SNOWPINE VILLAGE Ski in/out, next to chairlift. Newer carpets, wd flring, stone FP & more! 3 BR/2 BTH offered fully furnished. B1093286 $179,000

6835 HOLIDAY VALLEY RD. Top of Holiday Valley Rd. near Tannenbaum slopes. 4 BR/3 BTH fully furnished. Walk to Spruce Lake. B506003 $459,900

167 WILDFLOWER 2+ BR/2 BTH totally renovated condo. Fully furnished. Gas FP; new kitchen. View of the slopes. B491041 $229,000

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208 FOX RIDGE Furnished & well maintained 3 BR/2 BTH. Walk to the slopes. Updated kitchen with granite. B1080091 $199,500

9396 NORTH OTTO ROAD Country living at its best. Well built 4 BR/5 BTH open concept split lvl. Large barn style garage. B1084197 $259,900







18 GREER HILL Family retreat. Walk to the village or slopes. Furnished 10 BR/5.5 BTH with 3 car garage. B482702 $749,000

25 W. WASHINGTON ST. Corner dble lot w/2 sep. dwellings, 3 BR/2.5 BTH. Oversized garage w/2 BR/1 BTH loft apt. B1001761 $349,999

7 ALPINE MEADOWS Priced to sell. Walk to slopes and restaurants from this 3 BR/ 2BTH furnished townhouse. B1057805 $224,000

165 WILDFLOWER Renovated front row, end unit. 2 BR/2 BTH w/extra finished loft. 1st & 2nd flr decks. Fully furn. B479093 $238,000

260 DEER CROSSING 4+ BR/4.5 BTH in a private location overlooking the slopes of HV. Open concept, gourmet kitchen, 3 FPs. B1067418 $895,000

6 EASY ST. 3 BR/2 BTH w/WBFP on the slopes of HoliMont. Extra ½ lot that gives access to the pond. Mostly furnished. B1055806 $279,000







42 JEFFERSON STREET Walk to Village. 2 family set up. 3 BR/1 BTH furn. apt. 4 BR/2 BTH home. Back yard & deck. B1062246 $375,000

6674 MAPLES ROAD Contemporary 4+ BR/3 BTH Sold Turn Key. Kitchen & flring all updated w/ California closets. B1084019 $449,900

6882 LESLIE ROAD Hillside setting. 5 BR/5 BTH custom built home. Fabulous finishings throughout. 4800 SF. B1071967 $949,000

17 DUBLIN MEADOWS Hillside cedar chalet. Remodeled inside and out. 3 BR/1.5 BTH with FP’s. 5 minutes to E’Ville. B1072212 $169,900

6604 PLUM CREEK 6 BR w/3 full & 2 half bas on 5 acs. Great rm/rec. rm. w/WBFP and det. garage. Freshly painted; furnished. B466148 $299,900

6 MONROE ST 3 BR/2 BTH open concept home in the heart of the Village. Huge backyard and deck for entertaining. B1075366 $349,900

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