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Volume 12 ~ Issue 12

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10 Hour Ski Sale

Music Notes

Huge Ski and Snowboard Inventory Reduction Sale

Annual Pond Skimming Pond skimming event at Holiday Valley this Weekend

5 E. Washington St. ~ 699-1226 JERRY DIXON

Saturday, March 18th, 2PM DNR ON TAP

Saturday, March 18th, 7PM

36 Washington St. ~ 699-4455

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Friday, March 17th, 6PM

7 Monroe Street ~ 699-2199 JAY MCDONNELL

Saturday, March 18th, 7PM

By Chad Neal For almost a decade now, at the end of the ski season, the retail stores in Ellicottville have been collaborating to try and reduce the inventory they had stockpiled from the season. Extra gear that the stores have will be brought to the American Legion by three different ski and snowboard shops from Ellicottville. The owners are always excited about the end of the year sale so they can make room for the next year’s new line of gear and equipment. The City Garage,

20 Monroe Street ~ 699-4162

HAYDEN FOGEL BAND Saturday, March 18th, 6PM

See “SALE” Page 9

Mardi Gras Winners


Friday, March 17th, 7PM

Dekdebrun’s Ski Shop and Mud, Sweat ‘n Gears are loading up trucks with all sorts of outdoor winter sporting gear at deeply discounted prices this Saturday March 18&19 for Ten Hours of Power! The sale starts at Noon and goes until 6pm and Sunday, Noon until 4pm. Now, some have heard and the rumor has been shared with question about the fate of Dekdebrun’s Ski Shop on Washington Street in

Mardi Gras King & Queen, Window Decorations & Parade

By Kerra Trivieri It may be hard to believe, but winter is on its way out and spring will soon make its way in with a splash at this weekend’s annual Pond Skimming event at Holiday Valley. The always-entertaining day - a tradition that spans almost two decades - will begin at 1pm this Saturday, March 18. For many years, Holiday Valley has dazzled audiences with this event and Saturday will be no different.

Special Budget Meeting Announced for March 20

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer


Thursday, March 16th, 9PM TWO GUYS DRINKING BEER Friday, March 17th, 9PM WASTED WHISKY

Saturday, March 18th, 9PM

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

2017 Mardi Gras Weekend

Views of the Event’s Fun...Photo Page, Back Cover

Chamber on the Move... Page 3

Getting the Word Out about Ellicottville Means Face to Face Contact

Ellicottville, NY – Ellicottville’s message is on the move! The staff of the Chamber of Commerce is busy telling people just what Ellicottville is all about through trade show displays. January 27 through 29, Media and Communications Manager, Chris Chapman, went to the Tristate Outdoor Expo at the Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, Pa. With over 200 vendors telling people about their outdoor products and venues....

See “PARADE” Page 9

See “POND” Page 9

Village Budget Challenge

20 Washington Street ~ 699-2530

From the Junior Bacchus Ball at Madigan’s Friday night, to the slopes at Holiday Valley Saturday morning, the fun continued through Saturday night in the Village and

“Each year, watching the contestants try to swim across the pond has proven to be the most exciting part of the event,” said Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh. “Spectators will see them crash into the ice cold water over and over again.” Judging for the show will be based on several different categories, such as Best Splash. Also, the show will coincide with a mini “snowbar” with margarita and beer specials

The Scenic Byway commission is going to put up an interpretive sign in town describing how one of the State’s first uphill ski lifts was installed at Fish Hill.

At the Village Board meeting Monday night, Village Mayor John Burrell opened a public hearing on the Village Budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Mayor presented his proposed budget to the Board of Trustees, and two citizens present: John Rounds owner Adventure Bound on the Fly on Washington Street, and Spencer Murry manager at Villaggio. Mr. Rounds asked why there was an apparently projected shortfall in revenue verses expenditures. The Mayor pointed out under state law the Village cannot raise property taxes more than one percent. But it has some money set aside for possible shortfalls, and if necessary water rates could be raised. Other questions the gentleman raised concerned accounting procedures that spread personnel costs across various departments where employees have responsibilities. The See “BOARD” Page 9

CCIDA Approves Stillhouse

Village Election

$22M in Net Approved Projects Already for 2017

Three Candidates Vie for Two Positions Story by John Thomas, Staff Writer

The first order of business for the Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) was accepting the audit report from their auditing firm RA Mercer. Denise Veloski from RA Mercer gave the Audit Committee report and the report to the board. She presented – in accountant lingo - an “unmodified opinion with no changes or issues,”

This election cycle for the Village Board of Trustees is shaping up to be one of the more unusual elections in recent memory. In total, there are three candidates running for two board positions. One is a current incumbent, another is a newcomer to the board, and the third is an incumbent running as a write-in candidate. Election day is this coming Tuesday, March 21. Voting is being held at Town Center, just across from the Firehouse. The polls will be open from noon to 6pm. Greg Cappelli has served on the Village Board of Trustees for four years. He is currently in charge of parking. He is seeking grants to help improve downtown parking. When asked for comment on the election he responded, “We have made some positive progress over the last few years and I want to see through what has been started.” Spencer Murry is a relative newcomer to the village. He grew up in Williamsville, and has been a resident in Ellicottville for the past two years. He lives on Washington Street and is General Manager of Villaggio. When asked why he wants to serve on the board he said, “I think it’s a good thing to get some fresh eyes and some fresh energy on the board. I would like to improve communication between the Village and the community.” Incumbent trustee Sherman Wilkens is running as

See “CCIDA” Page 7

See “VOTE” Page 11

Buffalo Business First did an article about a company in Franklinville making a fireman’s ax. The company is the Ontario Knife Company and is a subsidiary of Servotronics, located in Elma. The Franklinville plant has 65 employees.

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer

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Page 2 ~ The Villager ~ March 16 - 22, 2017

Publisher’s Word “Thank You Stella”




Owner will look at offers on this 12-acre parcel just up the hill from HoliMont & Ellicottville, a perfect blend of open & wooded. MLS#B481716….$59,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Spectacular contemporary Chalet with panoramic Holiday Valley View!! Ultimate Winter or Summer retreat!! MLS#B10229066…$425,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

Best price for what you get in the village! 2 Stone FP’s, fully furnished featuring view of slopes. Walk to all of your favorite shops & restaurants! MLS#B1008223…$238,800 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




4/2.1 is a quick drive to the slopes & heart of the village. If you want the serenity of EVL yet the ease of owning a TH this is the place! MLS#B1030211…$274,900 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

4+ acres featuring sweeping views, located less than 2 miles to village. Make your Ellicottville dreams come true with this easy building lot! MLS#B401186…$195,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Astounding views from this 3+ BR/ 2 BA immaculate chalet with new heated barn on 12 landscaped acres for 4 season vacationing! MLS#B502562…$435,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




HoliMont area home offers 1600 sf, 3 BR, 2 BA, huge great rm w FP, creek side setting, & a 2 minute walk to the Meadow chairlift! MLS#B497187…$229,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

An affordable ski home alternative just minutes from Ellicottville, and being offered almost completely turnkey. MLS#B1029757…$75,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Immaculate interior; never rented! Newer carpet & wood flooring throughout. 3 Bdr./2 Ba. w/ all the room for your luxury ski getaway! MLS#B492948…$190,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




The Best Buy @ HoliMont! This family size chalet is move in ready and in the middle of the action! MLS#B463590…$355,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173

3/3 on 5.72 ac. f/ timber accents, reclaimed d, radiant floor heat, granite counters & stainless steel appliances. Open floor plan! MLS#B504347…$429,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Two Unit home plus shop and outbuildings close to town, slopes, school, offers great annual gross income and potential. MLS#B494077…$160,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




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

Over 5000 sf of custom log home in E’ville, this 5 BR/ 4.5 BA home is the quintessential ski lodge for the discriminating buyer. MLS#1006259…$1,485,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Owner has reduced the price! Let a tenant and business pay your mortgage. Home includes apartment and beauty shop. MLS#B489374…$105,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769




This 3 BR/ 2.5 BA chalet offers walk to the slope convenience without the hefty price tag, meticulously maintained. MLS#B505920…$385,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Situated on 13.8 acres this home is heated mainly with geothermal. Front of the house is heated w/solar power. Pond & Barn w/ electricity! MLS#B496718…$219,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

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




Perfect for year round or ski families, almost 2 acres, 5 true bedrooms, 4 bath, gas fireplace, separate studio plus barn, huge deck and yard. MLS#B505616…$449,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Bill Soffel


Melanie Pritchard Associate Broker

Amy DeTine

Associate Broker

This 4/2 home sits 5 mi from the Village of Ellicottville. Featuring wide plank wd flrs & open kitchen/ dining. 2 car garage on lower level! MLS#B1022270…$212,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Rachael Wiley-Steffen

Director of Marketing & Vacation Rental Management

Greg Spako

Mylous Harrston ........ March 18th • Bill Ward ........ March 18th Andree McRae ........ March 20th • Bart Frank ......March 20th Katie Burke ......March 21st • Dan Kowsky ........ March 21st Paul Quiter ........ March 21st Brooks LeFeber ...... Mar. 22nd • Dana Whitcomb ...... Mar. 22nd Elaine Moritz Nickoli ........ Mar. 24th •Bobby Militello ....... Mar. 25th Carol Thomas ........ March 26th

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 1,042 - Year to date 15,142

Chamber Ski Day

HoliMont Presents the Annual Chamber Ski Day

HoliMont will presents the Annual Chamber Ski Day on Thursday March 23, 2017 Chamber Members, their employees & Chamber guests are invited to Come! Choose From One of 3 Options: • Lift Ticket, lunch and Apres party with Party Squad $40.00 • Apres Party only $20.00 • Nonmembers all day $80.00 To register call HoliMont at 716-699-2320 and For more information call the Chamber at 716-699-5046

2.34 acres of wooded and open land located minutes from the village. Build your dream chalet or keep it for recreational use! MLS#B1026289…$17,900 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Louise Oeffling

Wendy O’Neil

Associate Broker

Harry Weissman

Cathy Pritchard

deserve them! And thanks to our good friend and winter storm “Stella”, it looks like the party will go on indefinitely, right? With no end in sight to our blustery snowy weather, those who enjoy the “wearin’ of the green” better put on a few more layers March 17th! If you’ve been around Ellicottville long enough, you’ve seen January-like St. Patrick’s celebrations – just ask the gang at Madigan’s… So dear readers, I heartily recommend you make the best of this week of snow fun. We’re not quite done – but spring is in the air! Until next week… JZ-C

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For those of you still in recovery mode from the epic “Winter Carnival Mardi Gras” weekend, please know you have my sincere sympathy.

Never do I remember a WCMG weekend with so many fun things to do. From Friday to Sunday, the Ellicottville snow scene was never more lively, never more action-packed, and never so fun-filled! And the night time scene? Well, I’ll admit the pubs and restaurants were in “Fall Festival” mode, but one can only marvel at the fantastic work performed by our dedicated servers. The food was great, the drinks were cold, and the service was quick, considering our fine establishments were “a bit hectic.” I hope all of you folks made a pile of tips – you

Associate Broker

Pond Skimming : March 18th, 2017 : Holiday Valley Resort

Best Window Award

Carol Fisher (right), cochair of Mardi Gras events, presenting trophy for best window decorations to Alexandras. Lynn Timon shown accepting trophy.

Polar Plunge Saves Life

A Big Thank You to Police Department for Saving Golden Retriever that Fell Through Ice

Being a law enforcement officer is a thankless job. We wanted to extend our heartfelt thanks to Kelly Phillips from the Ellicottville Police Department for her prompt response and bravery charging

into frigid waters to save our Golden Retriever who had fallen through thin ice. With the help of Villaggio’s General Manager Spencer Murray, Tracey Stokes from the Cattaragus County

Sheriffs, Troy Andrews from the New York State Police, and Joanne Ciffa of the Grand Island Fire Department, Casper, who had been trapped by ice for over an hour was rescued and brought to shore.  First responders appeared on site (off road, in the woods) within minutes of our 911 distress call.  This showing of concern not only for our pet but the recognition of his importance to our family was humbling and overwhelming.  Words just cannot express how grateful we are to have people like you serving our community.  Our deepest thanks, Nick, Kendra & Olivia Pitillo and of course Casper.  -- Kendra Pitillo

Travel Advisory

NYSDOT Releases Travel Advisory for NY Route 98 PARTY SQUAD - March 12th@ 9pm

March 16 - 22, 2017 “The Power of Two”

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Getting the Word Out about Ellicottville Means Face to Face Contact

Ellicottville, NY – Ellicottville’s message is on the move! The staff of the Chamber of Commerce is busy telling people just what Ellicottville is all about through trade show displays. January 27 through 29, Media and Communications Manager, Chris Chapman, went to the Tristate Outdoor Expo at the Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, Pa. With over 200 vendors telling people about their outdoor products and venues, the show attracted an estimated 12,500 people. “I talked with many of the show-goers as they stopped by to find out more about n Ellicottville,” Chris said. “I

was surprised with how many people had skied at Holiday Valley ‘years ago,’ but have not been back in quite some time. They had no idea we have truly become a yearround, four-season vacation destination. Many didn’t realize the outdoor side just a few hours north.” While at the show, Chris estimates he gave out over 700 Ellicottville event book marks and about the same number of guides to people that had a genuine interest in exploring Ellicottville for their coming outdoor vacation. It’s not just those in southwestern Pennsylvania that the Chamber has targeted

with a personal touch, in early April, Membership and Events Manager, Barb Pump will take the Ellicottville story up to our own backyard of Buffalo for a Business First Mentoring Monday event. The focus of the April 3 session at RiverWorks is on women in business, coaching, and mentoring. “With spring on the way it’s time to start promoting Ellicottville as a fabulous, fun, and safe ‘Girls getaway Weekend’ destination,” Barb said. “We have secured a booth to showcase all of the fun activities from all of our various lodging, shopping and, of course, night life This is a group of professional decision-making women who deserve a weekend of relaxation, pampering and fun.” Plans and development of similar personal promotional trips are in the works to bring people to Ellicottville. Chamber staff will be using these events to tell people, first-hand, what they can do in Ellicottville and the many ways to enjoy New York’s Vacation Destination. Stay tuned as more trips away are planned.

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The New York State Route 98, between Fish Hill Zone Safety Act of 2005, Department of Transportation and Jurecki Road. Traffic convictions of two or more LEON &Road THE FORKLIFTS (NYSDOT) today announced will alternate use of one speeding violations in a March 13th@the6pm that on Monday, March 21, lane controlled by temporary work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s construction is scheduled to traffic signals. resume on NY Route 98 in Motorists are advised to be driver’s license. For real-time travel the town of Franklinville, alert and allow for additional information, call 511 or Cattaraugus County, to conduct travel time. culvert replacements. Motorists are also reminded visit Find Beginning on Monday, March that fines are doubled for NYSDOT on the web at www. 21, motorists should expect to speeding in a work zone. In, and on Twitter at @ encounter lane closures on NY accordance with the Work NYSDOTBuffalo.

Chamber on the Move

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The Daily Lunch Specials!

Tues.-Sat. 11:30am-2:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day Party


~ Friday, March 17th ~

Jameson Giveaway Party at 6pm & Crown Royal Takeover Party featuring Tastings of Crown Apple & Vanilla Saturday at 10pm

2 DJ’s Open Every Friday & Saturday!

New Dinner Menu Served Fri. & Sat. 4pm-9pm

Featuring Dom’s Butcher Block Steak Specials and our award winning Guiness Mac & Cheese

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Hosting an Oil & Gas Memorabilia Auction March 25th

The Penn Brad Oil Museum will host an Oil & Gas Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2pm in the afternoon at the Masonic Lodge, 625 South Avenue, Bradford, PA. Admission in advance is $5. Admission at the door is $10. Hors D’oeuvres are included with admission and there will be

a cash bar serving beer and wine. Door prizes will be awarded during the course of the event which will include both a silent auction and a live auction. The live auction will be conducted by professional auctioneer Lloyd Burkhouse. The Museum is accepting donations and consignment items to be auctioned off.

Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Museum will deduct a commission of 20% on the sale of any consigned items. Please visit the Museum’s website at www. or visit us on Facebook (Penn Brad Oil Museum) for a preview of the items to be auctioned at the event.

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Double Black Diamond ... The Locals’ Course of Choice

Holiday Valley Update Holiday Valley Golf Membership

10% off 2017 full golf memberships when purchased by April 15. 716.699.2345 Ellicottville NY

Celebrating 25 years in Ellicottville

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Believe it or not, there is a beautiful 18-hole golf course under all the snow at Holiday Valley! And weather permitting the course (or at least a few holes) will be open on April 9th so you can ski and golf on the same day. Additional holes will open as weather permits. Double Black Diamond Golf

is one of Western New York’s most scenic and challenging courses with plenty of water, elevation changes, fast greens and devilish hazards. But because of the multiple tees on each hole, the course accommodates golfers of every ability. Act now and get 10% off a 2017 summer golf membership if you join

by April 15. You love Ellicottville in the winter; why not get that great vibe all year long? Full members pay no greens fees, receive preferred weekend tee times and entry into seven member events including opening and closing scrambles, the Member/Member, the Club Championship and more. New this year, members have the added benefits of 20% discounted lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley, 10% discounted lodging at the Tamarack Club, 20% off Golf Shop merchandise (except golf balls) in April and May, a special price on lessons of 3 for $100 and buy one get one free range balls. Full memberships are $900 for the first member and $650 for additional family members. Pay in Canadian cash or cheque and receive a 20% exchange rate. You can download a membership application at summer/golf/membership or stop at the Customer Service office.

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Thank you Stella for the blast of big snow this week! The skiing and riding are terrific and there is still a lot of skiing and riding left in the winter season but there is no harm in dreaming of slow paced sunny summer days. With fun activities like Sky High Aerial Adventure Park, Holiday Valley Pool Complex with outdoor bars and dining, golfing, mountain biking, weddings, chairlift rides with great views, concerts, and summer festivals, Holiday Valley offers something for everyone for your family this summer. Sky High Aerial Park is a series of platforms and “bridges” built in a 4 acre section of the woods. Sky High is the largest in New York State with 13 courses of varying levels of difficulty. You can also enjoy the Climbing Forest with 10 trees outfitted with climbing holds as well as the Sky Flyer Mountain

on sale. Take advantage of a 10% discount on full golf membership when paid in full by April 15, 2017. You won’t want to miss our 3-pool complex featuring a toddler pool, a lap pool and an activity pool with a slide and diving board and several multi-tiered sun decks. The pool complex offers poolside service from the Cabana Bar and John Harvard’s. All you have to do is sit back and relax! The pools are open to the public beginning on weekends May 27. For a summer full of refreshing fun at the pool, summer memberships are available for individuals or families. Starting August 5, take a scenic ride on the Spruce Lake chairlift and take in a hike along the Holiday Valley cross country trails or the breathtaking fall foliage. For more information on summer at Holiday Valley visit summer.

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Coaster that winds its way around trees and along banked curves. Sky High is a unique location for birthday parties, group events, or for corporate teambuilding. Group Rates for Sky High start at $46. For a day on the links, Holiday Valley offers the 18 hole, par 70 “Double Black Diamond” golf course. The Double Black Diamond golf course is challenging and well maintained with breathtaking scenery from every hole. The back nine winds its way through the base of the mountains and provides spectacular views. The fairways are well manicured and narrow and this nine provides a very stern test of golf. The greens are carefully manicured to provide a true putting surface In addition to that. If you are new to golf or want to improve your game, take a personalized lesson from one of out PGA instructors. Golf memberships are now

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March 16 - 22, 2017

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

HoliMont Update Six Simple Words

By Dan Balkin “TWO EDGES – FOUR EDGES – TWO EDGES” - I love those words. I’ll admit that they don’t have the resounding ring of “Ask not what your country can do for you…,” or “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” or “I can’t get no, Satisfaction, no,no,no, hey, hey, hey that’s what I say.” Indeed, those quotes contain some of the most important words uttered since the advent of single malt scotch. But I digress. So what exactly is “Two Edges – Four Edges – Two Edges? It is the mantra of the accomplished skier. Any parallel skier knows that one switches edges every time one turns. That is the two edges to two edges part. The key to this ski tip is thinking about “four edges.” Ok, let’s keep this simple. If we are making a ski, we are on our uphill edges. Some skiers rush from one set of edges to another set of edges when they turn. This is essentially a defensive move. Their idea is to try to get the skis to turn as quickly as possible so as not to pick up speed. That

is understandable - but the rushed turn creates a host of problems – most notably the fact that skis that are wildly swung from one set of edges to another set of edges can never slice through the snow in a clean carving arc. This is where “Two Edges – Four Edges – Two Edges” is useful – especially the “Four Edges” part. The idea of “four edges” on the slope describes the feeling of flattening our skis between turns. If you count from the top of the photo montage, the seventh image of the skier is the PRECISE INSTANT when he transitions between turns by flattening his skis onto all four edges. It happens so quickly in the flow of a ski turn that one barely feels the flat skis. But – and this is an important but - that instant of flattening our skis allows us to progressively “feed” our ski edges into the slope for the next turn. This is especially important if one desires to carve on a firmer slope. For, it is almost impossible to wrestle a ski into a carving

arc once it has started sliding across a firm slope. On hard pack snow, carved turns are most effective when the edges near our ski tips bite into the snow first. By slowing down our turn transition (that is, thinking about flattening our skis onto “four edges” as we transition from turn to turn), we give our edges a fighting chance to hold on ice and firmer snow. You can control your speed by allowing your carving skis to climb back up the hill until you hit that sweet spot where your speed is in control but you still have enough momentum to help initiate the next turn. The four edges frenzy has even caused J.L. Hinklebottom (famous revisionist historian) to rephrase history. Jack: “Ask not what two edges can do for you, ask what four edges can do for skiing.” / Ronnie: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down the wall of two edged skiing and allow people to find freedom with four edges.” / Mick: “ Hey, hey, hey, four edges is what I say.” Whatever.

SectionVI Championship

Franklinville HS won division VI Championship last weekend to progress to the State HS Championship Final Four in Binghamton starting this Friday. Submission/ Carol Erickson

Enjoying The Sun & Fishing

Brian Erickson, on right, E’ville NY and Bemus Point,. and Gary Ey of Springfield , Illinois with 2 of the 20 King Mackerel they and 4 others caught last Sunday in Marco Island. Brian & Carol say they miss you all but are not complaining about the sun!!

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Architectural Spotlight of Ellicottville Burke Burke Contracting, LLC Contracting, LLC Pat Burke; Master of Inner Space

Story and Photos By John Thomas Staff Writer It’s one thing to be able to build a house for a customer, but rare is the contractor who brings real vision to a new home. Pat Burke Contracting LLC is one such contractor. His latest vision is the Sundance Development on Summerville Valley Road. He recently completed a custom home in Sundance for Mike and Alice Ainsley,

and like the other homes in the development, it’s a unique living space. A part of Mr. Burkes unique vision and the owner’s dreams. It helped that the lot Ainsley’s chose was a view location, and Burke worked with them to design a home that would take advantage of the vista. The contractor poured the 10” concrete foundation himself, then in collaboration with fellow contractor Jerry Musall set about framing the home. Once the shell was complete

work on the mechanical and interior trim could begin. The home was to have four bedrooms and two and a half baths. The first thing you notice on coming in the front door is the two-story bank of windows that frame the view. The bank is broken up by the river stone fireplace and chimney framed in a herringbone wood cover. It’s the woods and the way they are used that make the house special. Alice Ainsley’s father owns a

sawmill in Ohio and supplied the cherry and walnut woods used for the floors, beams, and trim throughout the home. Overhead the kingstud trusses lend a solid air of strength to the vaulted ceiling. The doors and windows are all trimmed with Victorian style mantles and casings. They set the casual yet sophisticated style of the home. The open floorplan lends itself to informal living and entertaining. The kitchen is separated from the rest

of the great room by a long granite breakfast counter with a sink. An electric candle chandelier dangles from the ceiling by a long chain to come to rest over the dining table. Guests sitting at the table can enjoy the view. Upstairs is an 800 square-foot master suite, also with a vaulted ceiling. The same Victorian mantles and casings adorn the door and windows, tying the two floors together. The master bath includes a custom tile and glass shower, and granite

counter. Alice’s father also supplied the wide-plank black walnut flooring that counterpoints the light walls and white bedspread. Ellicottville is a town dedicated to outdoor activities. When it comes time to spend time indoors, there is no better place than a home built by a master of inner space. For more information about the Sundance development or Pat Burke Contracting, call Pat on his ever-present cell phone: 716-378-4223.

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Agricultural Environmental Management 101 Seminar March 23 at 6pm The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism and the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will hold an informational seminar for Agricultural Producers on March 23rd, 2017 at the Cattaraugus County Center, 303 Court Street, Little Valley, New York. The seminar will be held on the 3rd floor in the large conference room and will begin at 6pm. The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and

Tourism would like to invite all Agriculture Producers and Operations to this seminar. The guest speaker will be Brian Davis, District Manager for the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District. The topic to be discussed will include an explanation of what Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) is, and what an AEM Plan can do for your Agricultural Operation. There will also be a question and answer session at the end. To be eligible for many of the USDA Government and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Programs and Grants

an AEM Plan is required to be submitted along with the application. AEM is a voluntary, incentive-based program that helps farmers make common-sense, costeffective and science-based decisions to help meet business objectives while protecting and conserving the State’s natural resources. Farmers work with their local SWCD professionals to develop these comprehensive farm plans. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jean Davis at or leave a message at 716-9382387.

Discovering SnowFlakes Pfieffer Nature Center March 18th at 10:30am

It is said that everybody has a double out there in the world somewhere. But is this true for snowflakes? Snowflakes are created when ice crystals stick together and float to the ground from the sky. As each snowflake falls, it passes through a variety of temperatures and moisture levels. These differences in the air allow the snowflake to take shape.

But how many shapes? Come learn the answer as naturalist, Barb Busack, shares her knowledge of these beautiful ice forms. A craft will follow the presentation, making this program great for kids! This event will be held at The Portville Free Library, 1 North Main Street, Portville, New York 14770. Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free

for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Register by 4 PM, Thursday, March 16th, 2017. Sign up on the Programs Calendar on our website at or contact the office at 716933-0187. Pfeiffer Nature Center is supported by United Way funding. Pfeiffer Nature Center where science, art & nature come together.


Approving Resolution. The motion passed to approve the SEQR resolution. The Approving Resolution states that the project is approved for sales tax and mortgage recording tax abatement. A motion to approve it was passed. The Executive Director said hopefully the project would close by July (meaning construction will start) and the facility be open by fall. He said the plan is to get the brewery operating first and have the restaurant portion open later. 49 South Mr. Wiktor reported that the office building for the mental health facility at 49 South Water St. in Gowanda is well on its way. The project was approved in March of 2016 and closed in July of 2106. The older buildings were completely raised, and construction on the building started in short order. The project represents a $2 million investment and is a 10-year PILOT project (Payment in Lue of Tax). Tri-County Rail There was a discussion about performing a study regarding the disposition of a railroad line in Chautauqua County owned by the CCIDA. Last month the board rejected a proposal for contributing $5,000 to fund a study and determine the best fate for the line. Director Wiktor

said he had received several letters from communities along the line (Persia and South Dayton) requesting the board reconsider the decision. Wiktor said he had since talked to Richard Zink with Southern Tier West, who suggested each body contribute $2,500 towards the study. In a discussion, it was mentioned that since the IDA owns the line, they should contribute to the study. It might lead to the agency selling the line. The city of Jamestown wants to recondition the line to bring in excursion business to the Comedy Museum. One board member said there had been numerous studies over the years on that line, and nothing has happened to it. The board approved a motion to pay the $2,500 for the study. In his Executive Directors report, Mr. Wiktor said he had met with various manufacturers and firms about bringing business into Cattaraugus County. He said in April the financials of the agency should look better. He mentioned a story in Buffalo Business First about a company in Franklinville making a fireman’s ax. The company is the Ontario Knife Company and is a subsidiary of Servotronics, located in Elma. The Franklinville plant has 65 employees.

Cont. From Cover meaning the audit process found nothing of concern with the way the CCIDA keeps its books. The audit did reveal that income for the agency is down over the same time last year. Executive Director Corey Wiktor pointed out that the agency receives only a $750 application fee at the start of the project approval process. When the applicant is ready to start construction work, use the sales tax abatement and other benefits, the CCIDA gets the bulk of its fees from the project. Mr. Wiktor said that although the year has started off slowly, they currently have about $22 million in net approved projects, and more are on the horizon. Stillhouse Brewery The project for North Delaware Holding LLC and the Stillhouse Brewery is coming along. The brewery and pub are being built on Route 219 across from Tim Horton’s in Ellicottville. A public hearing was held on the project, and no objections were received. Wiktor said some of the brewing equipment is already installed. A motion was made to pass the final SEQR resolution and the Email:


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Chinese medicine defines the liver as the home of the wood element, the element of life. They also consider the liver to be the “ruler “of the blood and the organ that harmonizes the functions of all other organs. The element of wood represents our ability to grow, expand and live. When this ability to flow in our lives is disrupted, we feel irritable and angry. When the liver is congested and toxic, we tend to feel defensive and irritable. The liver produces bile to aid in the digestion of fats. Bile also serves as a channel of the elimination of excess cholesterol and some environmental toxins. The liver also stores nutrients that are released in to the bloodstream as they are needs by the cells. The liver is the body’s primary detoxification center. It makes lipoproteins or cholesterol to transport fats to the cells and fats back to the liver for elimination. Liver health is therefore critical to the proper metabolism of fats and cholesterol in the body. The liver is also a storage center, along with the pancreas and adrenals the liver helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels. This large organ plays an important role in the immune system acting as an immune defense, destroying bacteria or infectious organisms. The liver performs over 500 different chemical functions.

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After another FUN Mardi Gras weekend, our lives will settle down a bit. This being the third week of March, will have us enjoying St Paddy’s Day. The first day of spring happens this Monday March 20. So we should be looking towards golf. Holiday Valley and HoliMont are still in The Ski Mode. Therefore, just take what Mother Nature doles out and par-take in what is left of our ski season. Then kickback and enjoy the music and other good times that will be

happenin here in Ellicottville this coming week. Starting today, Thursday March 16, 2017 through Wednesday March 22, 2017, we will have ten Bands doing eleven shows, three DJ’s, one with a Karaoke show attached, several Sound System Music Events celebrating St Paddy’s Day plus all the food and drink specials offered by Ellicottville’s neat clubs and eateries for the enjoyment of our locals and visitors alike. Several of these meal & drink specials will also be in honor of St Paddy’s Day. Madigans will be at the top of the list with their Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner that they produce and serve in total Irish Style. THURSDAY we begin our week of music with one Band doing an 8:00 PM Show in The Gin Mill. That being Joseph & Johnson doing their neat and good time acoustic, folk rock to country music tunes, that are done in their unique style will, as always, create a really FUN Gin Mill Music Night.

Then St Paddy’s Day FRIDAY will have three Bands and a couple of St Paddy Day Parties. We begin at 6:00 PM in Madigans with their traditional St Paddy Day Party. They will have Irish Music playing through their second floor sound system and they will be serving their traditional Irish Dinner of Corned Beef & Cabbage. Then at 7:00 PM The Strangers will be doing a show in Balloons. As always we will hear an excellent music mix that has made their great classic rock show & sound even better. They are one of the best cover bands that performs here in Ellicottville. So we are looking forward to another excellent Friday Night of Music in Balloons. Following The Strangers, DJ Kage will take over to keep the good times flowing. Moving to 9:00 PM Friday The Gin Mill will have Two Guys Drinking Beer doing their version of acoustic See MUSIC page 11

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Sale Cont. From Cover Ellicottville. Greg Dekdebrun wrote the Villager newspaper to explain the fate of the popular and oldest Ski Shop in Ellicottville. Greg writes, “ Now, about Dekdebrun’s. My parents opened their Ellicottville store in 1961 and I purchased it in 1986. After a lot of hours spent discussing it, our family decided to put the business up For Sale. I am currently talking with numerous parties about buying it. In the mean time we decided to have a Retirement sale to show our appreciation for our loyal customers and by selling down the inventory, so a new buyer would have to come up with less money to purchase the business. I want to emphasize that we are NOT SHUTTING DOWN. We have placed orders for next season and we will shut down when the last of the two ski areas close for the season. We will open again Memorial Day weekend and be open on a limited basis for the summer. Also, all of the potential


Cont. From Cover throughout the day along with a delicious barbeque that will feature “cheeseburgers in paradise.” “Other categories that judges will be looking to crown winners for include Best Kid, Best Costume, and


Cont. From Cover Sunday morning on the slopes again. The Mardi Gras Weekend was non stop fun. Along the way, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce crowned a king and queen, named winners for the window decoration contest, and had a parade. With a great crowd upstairs at Madigan’s Friday night for the Junior Bacchus Ball, the king and queen of the weekend were named. Congratulations to King Travis and Queen Darlene Baugh on the honor. Their duties for the weekend were not just to lead the parade on Saturday night, but to also be the King and Queen for the Winter Carnival festivities at Holiday Valley over the weekend. They received crowns, framed posters to commemorate their coronation, and special beads. The village merchants really get into the events in Ellicottville as well. For some events, they decorate their shop windows to get into the festival spirit. Mardi Gras Weekend is one of those special times when the windows take on a theme throughout the Village. The Chamber of Commerce sends judges around to determine a winner. This year’s winner


Cont. From Cover Mayor gave the example of the Village Clerk Mary Klahn who does general office work, assists the Mayor, and does the billing for the water and sewer departments. She is paid one-third of her salary each by the general, water and sewer accounts. Mr. Rounds asked how the board identifies needs in the community and asked if there was a list of things that should be done that are not addressed in the budget. The Mayor said the board generally has a pretty good idea of what needs to be done around the village. He mentioned the board has applied for a grant to help improve downtown parking.

buyers have asked me to stay on next season and I want to do that to make sure the level of customer service that I have established is continued. So to my loyal customers I say “I will be back!”” Dekdebrun also told the Villager that the “10 Hour Ski and Snowboard Super Sale was started in 2008. Since the ski shops were already doing a Fall Fest tent Sale together, we decided to hold a year-end event together and chose the Ellicottville American Legion Building for the indoor event. All merchandise will be 50% of of MSRP. Sean Lowes, proprietor of The City Garage on Monroe Street in Elliottville told the Villager in an enthusiastic email stating the “10 Hours of Power Ski and Snowboard Sale is located at the Legion on Maples Rd. (near the Village Park). This event is brought to you by 3 major Ski Retailers in the 14731 zip code! They are the City Garage, Dekdebrun’s and Mud, Sweat ‘n Gears! This sale was started in 2008 as part of our local “Economic Stimulus Program”! This is a great chance to save some major cabbage on current ski and snowboard equipment:

clothing, footwear and accessories! Pricing will be at 40% to 60% off of suggested retail price. Come by, check it out, who knows what you will find! Get a jump on next year! These retailers are ready to move this inventory! This sale ends Sunday March 19th at 3:59pm sharp!!” Kimberly Reading, owner of Mud, Sweat ‘n Gears also gave some insight on the sale stating that the discounted items they will be offering include, ski and snowboard equipment, demo skis, outerwear, helmets, footwear, luggage..” and whatever else makes it to the legion. It’s a year end clearance sale event on remaining inventory.” This sale has been a popular event at the end of the ski season for several locals and folks in the know. As more people are coming to Ellicottville and loving it, these stores want to share the savings with all of the loyal customers of old and new. To get the best deals, the best plan is to get there early. HUGE 10 HOURS of POWER SKI and SNOWBOARD SALE at the Ellicottville American Legion Saturday March 10th Noon6pm, and Sunday Noon-4pm.

Best Skimmer,” Eshbaugh said. “Style and personality are also a big part of the show!” The Pond Skimming party is always a fun day for both participants and spectators. Skimmers will be asked to pay $5 and be at least eight years old. Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature in order to partake in the arctic action.

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was Alexandra. Taking a close second place was Katy’s Café, and a tie for third place between Ameri-Can and Realty USA. Prizes were awarded to all. Is there a better way to keep warm than a parade in 14-degree temperatures to celebrate the coming end of the ski season and the 20162017 winter? Ellicottville celebrated with just over a dozen well-done floats and several walking groups. This year, the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Holiday Valley Realty won the best float, with Holimont’s Minions coming in second. Holiday Valley’s Rangers came in third with their pirate ship theme. Of course, the weekend’s events wouldn’t be possible without some very important people. The Ellicottville Chamber would like to thank everyone at Madigan’s for the hard work they put in to make the Junior Bacchus Ball a smashing hit on Friday night. Huge thanks go out to Ellicottville Entertainment and the truly great job John Nelson and Tyler Burns did in spinning the music Friday night, as well as an incredible job emceeing the parade and keeping the music going all afternoon. The Chamber would also like to thank the following for offering prizes throughout the weekend: Tangled Twigs,

EBC, Villaggio, Alexandra, and Daff. Thanks also to Kazoo II, Gado Gado, John Harvard’s, Wingate, Ellicottville Salt Cave, and Monroe Street Brick and Brew. Holimont, Holiday Valley, Ava Grace Fashions, Slopeside, and EVL Spirits also donated to make the weekend work. Thank you to Entercom, Adventure Bound on the Fly, Ellicottville Winery, Anew Beginning, Balloons, and Watson as well. Without our merchants, we would not be able to make great weekends like Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras work. Finally, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce would like to thank each and every committee member and volunteer, as well as Carol Fisher and Deb Rapp, for their great work in making this weekend one that our visitors will not forget. Special thanks go out to Barb Pump, the Events and Membership Manager for the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. Without her superb job in juggling each and every aspect of the event, it would not have run as smoothly as it did. While we have celebrated the ski season, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy the slopes. Holiday Valley is planning to ski into April, weather permitting. Come out to Ellicottville and celebrate what’s left of winter with us.

Burrell summed up by saying, “it’s a good budget that we can live with for a year.” He added the State Comptroller rates communities according to their fiscal stress and said the Village had achieved one of the lowest ratings for financial stress. Mayor Burrell said he was pleased to have the two men present and asking questions. “Usually we have a public hearing on the budget, and nobody comes,” he said. Good News Mr. Burrell kept the public hearing open and went on to the regular meeting. He noted the Village had received a check from Charter Communications for $4,230.22. Burrell pointed out the check is usually larger but said he thinks Charter is now paying the fee quarterly and not yearly. He said he

would check into it. The Village received a check from the county for sales tax revenue for $91,278.30. To date, the Village has received 77.6% of its anticipated sales tax revenues, and there is one more quarter to go before the end of the fiscal year. The Village will likely be over budget in anticipated sales tax proceeds. In business from the floor, the Mayor noted Jim Biggers was planning to speak about the senior citizen discount for the sewer and water bills. Mr. Biggers was not present, but the mayor brought the subject up in his absence. A senior citizen must apply for the discount. There was a question about the requirement that the applicant be a full time resident is legal. See BOARD page 10

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Community Calender March 16th – 18th along with the historic building. You will get Spring Lecture Series at the Senecahistory and Stories from your guide, as well as Iroquois National Museum use of some ghost hunting equipment to see if The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum is we can connect with the other side. If you have presenting a Spring Lecture Series, beginning your own ghost hunting equipment we highly March 16 and continuing through May 25th, recommend that you bring it. Get exclusive with a series of informative, pertinent and limited tickets for only $40. Please bring a timely range of topics. These events are free flash light and wear appropriate clothing for and open to the public. Each lecture will start outdoors. at 6pm and generally continue for an hour to For more information on this event please an hour and a half. There will be lectures from visit Larry Hauptman, author of several books regarding the Iroquois, as well as the work March 18th & 19th being done to support Standing Rock and Annual Maple Weekends 2017 cultural themes such as Iroquois Flute History. What better way to spend a day with family Check out the poster for the event, that has all and friends at that at the 21st Annual Maple the presenters and dates. Weekend™ on March 18-19 and March 25-26, For more information on this event 2017 from 10am-4pm each day presented please visit by the New York State Maple Producers SenecaMuseum/ Association. About 110 maple producers across New York will be hosting open houses March 17th for the public to see how maple syrup and Ghost Hunt/Tour of the Hinsdale other related products are made. This familyHaunted House featuring Psychic oriented event is sure to delight visitors of all Chelsea Gill ages. The haunted house in Hinsdale, perhaps For more information on this event please the most famous haunted house in the area, visit has all the elements of a good ghost story: a mysterious history, strange sightings, March 18th unexplainable events and even an exorcism. Gary Kell, Fly Fishing Coach at Hinsdale House Restoration Project Adventure Bound on the Fly Present this Exclusive Ghost tour featuring Come meet Gary Kell -The Fly Fishing International Psychic Chelsea Gill on Friday Coach at the Adventure Bound onthefly shop March 17, 2017 - St. Patrick’s Day. Your in Ellicottville, New York. experience will include a tour of the Grounds For more information on this event please

visit March 18th Holiday Valley’s Spring Pond Skimming Party 2017 Who wouldn’t want to race down a ski slope into an icy pond?? Whether you get wet or just watch, it is FUN !Sign up to skim across an ice water filled pond or just watch, it’s a guaranteed good time. Registration will be held at Yodeler Lodge starting at 11:00AM, $5. Kids under 18 must have a parent signature, minimum age is 8 years old. Pond Skimming starts about 1:00 and categories include Best Skimmer, Best Costume, Best Kid and Best Splash. All participants get a one day pool pass for the Holiday Valley summer pool complex. Music, mini-snowbar with margaritas and beer specials, barbeque! For more information on this event please visit April 2nd 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner Supporting the Cattaraugus County 4-H the Annual dinner will be help April 2nd from 3-7pm at The Catt. Co. Fairgrounds Corporate Building. $8 Pre-sale or $10 at the door, 7 years and under $5. Tickets available at the Catt. Co 4-H Office. Sponsored by 4-H Livestock Committee. Call 716.699.2377 ext 130 for more details.

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EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED -HIRING – THE JEFFERSON INN – Immediate opening for Innkeeper’s Assistant at The Jefferson Inn bed and breakfast. 2-4 days per week, weekends required.  Work includes cleaning, reservations, baking, food prep, gardening and guest interaction.  Basic computer skills required.  Qualified candidates must be mature, reliable, detail oriented, self-motivated.  Prior cleaning and/or hospitality experience a plus.  Send resume/letter to The Jefferson Inn, PO Box 1566, Ellicottville NY 14731 or email info@  HELP WANTED - Western Door Development is offering job opportunities in a friendly and fast pace environment for individuals with Restaurant and Retail Clerk experience. Applications are being accepted at 113 Main St. Salamanca, NY., or call Liz Redeye for more Information at (716) 945-0238.

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PUBLIC NOTICES Special Meeting of the Village Board at the Village and Town Hall on Monday March 20th at 6:00pm. One West Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY 14731 - Budget Workshop. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - PLANNING BOARD - VILLAGE OF ELLICOTTVILLE, NEW YORK Pursuant to NYS Village Law and Sections 5-5.A, 6-6.A, 10-16 and 11-6.B of the Village of Ellicottville Zoning Local Law, a Public Hearing before the Village of Ellicottville Planning Board will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. in the Ellicottville Town Hall, 1 West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York, to consider: Application No. PB-2017-02, an application by Phil Vogt for a Special Use Permit, Site Plan Review, Architectural Design Review and Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic District) for a rear addition, exterior renovations and change in use from retail commercial establishment to a mix of retail commercial and restaurant uses at 23 Washington Street, identified as tax map parcel 55.035-5-9. The Planning Board will hear all interested persons at the public hearing. Persons wishing to do so may submit written comments at or prior to the public hearing. Application materials are available for review at the Ellicottville Town Hall, 1 West Washington Street, P.O. Box 475, Ellicottville, NY 14731 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Cont. From Page 9 It may not be lawful to treat a full-time resident differently than a part-time resident. The Village Attorney said she would look into it. Mayor’s Report Mayor Burrell reported on a meeting he and Greg Cappelli had with grant writer Diana Chihak. Mr. Cappelli said there are grants available and that Ellicottville can apply for some. He said Ms. Chihak would be at the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, and invited the Village Board to attend. Burrell said the Town and Village have a history of applying for grants together. There was a vote on joining the NJPA (National Joint Participation Association). Joining means the Village could enhance its procurement policy by accessing state bids from suppliers. The state accepts bids from suppliers and contractors, and the Village could accept those bids and always be assured of getting the best price without going through a bid request process. The vote passed with one abstention. The Mayor is now on the board of the Southtown’s Scenic Byways

Commission and said Steve Crowley is also now on the board. The commission is going to put up an interpretive sign in town describing how one of the State’s first uphill ski lifts was installed at Fish Hill. The Mayor reminded citizens of the Village Board elections Tuesday the 21st and asked all Village citizens to get out and vote. Engineering Report Nick Dobmeier from Nussbaumer and Clark said they are just about ready to perform the close-out on the Waste Water Treatment Plant. He said the final punch list is just about complete and final payment to O’Connell Electric is in the works. He reported Zeller Controls has determined replacing the motor for one of the blowers is a warranty repair. The new motor is in-route. The WWTP is not on the insurance policy, and he is working with the Evans Insurance Agency on creating a value for the various pumps, valves, mechanical equipment, and buildings at the plant. The approximate building and contents limit will be increased possibly up to $599,403, which will increase the Village’s insurance premiums. Mr. Dobmeier said he is working with the engineer for the

Stillhouse Brewery in the old Aardvark building on 219. He said they would be held to the same discharge requirement required for the brewery at EBC. A brewery can place as much oxygen demand on the treatment plant as 240 houses, and they will have to figure out a fee schedule. The committee reports were accepted as submitted. Mr. Burrell said online payment for water and sewer bills should be up and running by April. The board went into executive session to discuss attorney-client privilege with the Town and Village Attorney. Back to Budget When the board came out of executive session the Mayor closed the public hearing and asked for a motion to adopt the proposed budget. The motion was made, but no one seconded it. Mr. Burrell announced a special meeting to discuss the budget on Monday, March 20th at 6pm at Town and Village Hall. He said the sooner they adopt the budget the sooner planning can begin. If the budget is changed that evening, it can be approved with no further public input. A motion was approved to officially join the Scenic Byways Commission, and the meeting was adjourned.

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Beat on the Street: What is the First Thing You Say to the Police When You Get Pulled Over?

By Chad Neal If you have had a drivers license and have driven quite a bit, there’s a great chance you have been pulled over by a policy officer who noticed you were not driving according to the policies set by the state, county, and/ or townships. Otherwise known as the police, sheriff’s deputies, or state troopers, these women and men are there to protect the innocent drivers and make sure the drivers who drive in a manner that can be harmful to others are pulled over, warned about the driving infraction they were doing, given a ticket to be fined, or detained and arrested. Most of the time we just make the mistake of not paying attention to signage or our speed, etc. But these behaviors are not acceptable because at a point, someone has been hurt or killed because of small mistakes like these. Although most of us think we are able to and observant enough to take it a little over the limits, there are some who annoy, the law-abiding drivers, by going too slow, and slowing up traffic. And another thing people often forget is the turn signal. All of which are reasons drivers can be pulled over. Staying safe is the most important thing, because we are in machines that go fast and are made of unforgiving steel. Being smart will keep you from getting pulled over. What is the first thing you say to the police when you get pulled over?

Russ D.- I am Russ Dunkleman.

John N.- Nothing!

Hayden G.- What’s the officer problem?

Veronica W.- Doesn’t matter, they can’t Michelle J.- Yes I was Brock G.- And so we understand me through speeding...just write the ticket...I’m in a hurry! all the crying! meet again!


since he has performed here. However his Irish tunes are the best. Then at 6:00 PM The Hayden Fogle Band will return to Balloons. Hayden was here last November and is a teenager that has taken to The Blues. As his website says, “he has performed with several Blues legends like Buddy Guy, and James Cotton. He plays Electric Blues like a seasoned journeyman that defies his age”. This will be a neat Blues show. Following Hayden Fogle a DJ will keep the FUN flowing till close. Next at 7:00 PM Saturday DNR on TAP will be in Finnerty’s doing their Rock N Blues Show. This four piece Band does cover Inspired Blues tunes from the 70’s into the 2000’s in a manner that creates a really FUN Rock N Bluzey Show. Also at 7:00PM Villaggio will have Jay McDonnell doing his solo acoustic folk rock show. Jay’s line up contains acoustic folk rock tunes from Rockers like Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and several others. This talented singer will occasionally surprise us with a blues tune. So, stop in Villaggio to enjoy Jay’s neat show. Then at 9:00 PM Saturday The Gin Mill will have

Wasted Whisky return to their music stage. This fourpiece modern country band walks the line between rock and country music. Their slogan still is “We will rock you till you chafe”. The Gin Mill will be the place to enjoy this neat version of country to rock music. Moving to 10:00 PM when Ryan Melquist & Friends will return to Balloons Back Bar for their second Classic, Folk to Porch Rock Music show of the week. Another FUN Balloons music evening is on the way this Saturday. SUNDAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY will be music free. However, Monday Balloons will have their twenty-five cent wings available from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Then Tuesday, Madigans will be hosting Taco Tuesday. Jay, the creator of Madigans delicious Tacos, serves them at only one dollar each until they run out. WEDNESDAY, at 8:00 PM, our music week becomes complete in The Gin Mill with Joe Wagner & John Winston doing their traditional, acoustic classic folk to southern rock music show. Wednesday is always a great night of Gin Mill music & FUN. t C.U. Round The Music Scene Good Stuff No Worries.

lost the Republican caucus, and could not appear on the ballot as a Republican. Due Cont. From Cover to a technicality, he was unable to get on the ballot as an independent candidate. a write-in candidate. He Despite the odds, he decided

to run as a write-in candidate, to keep serving the Village he loves. Mr. Wilkens has served on the board for eleven years. “I really appreciate serving on the board and really appreciate what the Village does.”

Cont. From Page 8 classic rock & Irish Tunes. Ron and Terry, the two guys, are the heart and soul of this duo. These two talented & silly musicians will, again, make another FUN Gin Mill Music & Party Night happen. Also at 9:00 PM Friday The PUB in Great Valley will have DJ Felony and his Karaoke Show on stage. Like always, The PUB Patrons will have two options, be part of the show or just kick back and enjoy The Local & FUN PUB Good Times. Then at 10:00 PM Ryan Melquist & Friends will return to Balloons Back Bar with their neat Classic, Folk to Porch Rock Music show and maybe a bit of Irish tunes. Another FUN Balloons music evening is on the way this Friday. SATURDAY, we will have a six Band and one DJ afternoon and evening. We begin at 2:00 PM in Finnerty’s with a continuation of St Paddy’s Day. That will be a show performed by Jerry Dixon, an Irish singer from Olean. He is also the brother of a longtime bartender from Fosters, Noel Dixon. It has been a while


Photographers Group Forming

Do you love photography? Are you an enthusiastic amateur or a seasoned pro? A new photography group is forming in E’ville for anybody, professional or otherwise, who has a passion for photography. This informal group will meet semi-regularly to share our work, ideas, techniques and love for image making. We’ll also share some libations and whatever food we wish to bring. The next meeting will be March 22nd at 7:00 PM at the EVL Lodge at 39 East Washington. Bring some work you would like to show off on a zip drive, and whatever food or drink you would like to share. Please RSVP by calling John Thomas at 716-783-4627, or Tony DiStefano 716-949-7474.

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