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Volume 13 ~ Issue 10

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Holiday Valley Food Drive

Mardi Gras Parade

23rd Annual Drive by Ski Patrol

History of the Long Time Running Event


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BREAKAWAY Friday, March 2nd, 7PM JOSEPH MICHAEL MAHFOUD Saturday, February 3rd, 6PM

By Kerra Trivieri Ellicottville’s annual food drive is just around the corner and the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol will once again serve as the gracious host to a wonderful cause. In its 23rd year running, the food drive will take place during Mardi Gras weekend beginning on Friday, March 9th and ending on Saturday, March 10th. The event will benefit The

Ellicottville Food Bank, an organization that assists many local families who truly rely on donations to fulfill their basic daily needs. Cash that is collected helps pay utility bills for those in need as well. “Members of our patrol will be collecting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, See “FOOD” Page 6

By Carol Fisher

Ready! Set! Dress up! March! We love the month of March so much that we start it off with a whole lot of marching in our Mardi Gras parade! For those of you who wonder why we have a parade named “Mardi Gras” mid-Lent, let me tell you a story. Here’s a defining fact.

The village parade was originally yoked with the winter carnivals at Holiday Valley, and when calendars matched, HoliMont. Back in the day, most folks came into town for the ski area winter carnivals and to bury Old Man Winter at Holiday Valley, yes, in a coffin with official See “PARADE” Page 6

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There will be 12 floats, teams of marchers and, get this, Parade Marshal, Punxsutawney Phil, and his handler, John Griffiths sponsored by none other than The Villager Newspaper.

Lauren Scharf Directs Her Second Play in Jamestown By Chad Neal


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Holiday Valley Update... Pg. 4 Winter Carnival 2018; March 10th & 11th

Are you ready for a fun-filled weekend packed with events and activities for all ages!? Be sure you are here for the biggest winter event of the season, Winter Carnival. Don’t miss the infamous Snowbar, at the base of Yodeler, with music and fun, the Village Parade in Ellicottville on Saturday night, a costume parade down Mardi Gras on Sunday (where the winner gets a season pass for next year), and the crowd favorite, the Dummy Downhill. Be sure to keep an eye out for the employee-built sculptures....

Entertainment is one of the largest businesses in the world. An Ellicottville native knew she loved the show business and has strived to make it part of her career and has made steps through live stage entertainment to ensure her role in it. Lauren Scharf who has been in many stage shows since high school is directing her second play in Jamestown next week. The High School musical production production of Guys and Dolls will be held at the Merton P. Corwin Auditorium at the Jamestown High School at 350 East 2nd Street. The show opens Thursday, March 8th at 7pm, followed by three more shows on Friday, March 9th at 7pm See “PLAY” Page 7

Stillhouse Signs Brew Concern T.P.B. Confused by Proposed Signs for Brewpub

A rendering of a round sign that will be eight feet in diameter and will be mounted on the south side of the Stillhouse Brewery and Distillery on 219 by Tim Horton’s The Town Planning Board on Story by John Thomas Monday night pondered the sign Staff Writer Stillhouse Brewery Signs

ECS Board Talks Safety

See “SIGN” Page 7

Town Board Sees Signs

Bob Miller Addresses Parents Concerns for Safety

Board Reviews Codes for Electronic Signs

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer

New electronic display sign at the entrance to Holiday Valley. The sign switches between the name Holiday Valley and this message every five or ten seconds.

The Ellicottville Central School District Board meeting got off to a somber start on Tuesday night. Superintendent Bob Miller addressed school safety as the first subject of his Superintendent’s Report. He said it is a “hot topic” on the parent’s minds. He said the security of the students is “on our minds every single day at the school”. He has had many calls from concerned parents and addresses their concerns when they call. He said the school is running drills including lock-down drills. During a lock-down drill, he roams the hallways, looking for unlocked classroom doors, checking for any student movement, and making sure students are See “ECS” Page 6

Story and Photo by John Thomas; Staff Writer

Public Hearing The Town Board held a public hearing last week to discuss extending a local law from 2009 granting a partial exemption from the town’s real property taxes to Cold War Veterans. There were no members of the public present to make comments, so Supervisor Matt MacAndrew held the public hearing open and went on with the rest of the meeting. Electronic Signs See “TOWN” Page 8

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Publisher’s Word “A Simple Thanks”




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I’m proud to say The Villager has achieved yet another milestone – our Thirteenth Anniversary of serving Ellicottville and our

surrounding communities. As the saying goes, time really does fly when you’re having fun, and I can scarcely believe thirteen years have passed since our first issue hit the streets. And it’s taken the talents of many, many fine folks to make it all happen. Some very gifted people got their start with our publication, cut their collective teeth with us, and have moved on to new endeavors. Other contributors and advertisers have been with us from the very beginning, and continue to help make our paper the

best it can possibly be. I’d be remiss if I didn’t send out a special thank you to Dustin and Alex – without your considerable flair and abilities, I would be in very tough shape, indeed… Mostly, however, I would like to recognize our readership, our reason for being. Thank you so much for supporting our little publication. The Villager just wouldn’t be what it is without you all! And so, dear readers, it is again with great satisfaction I get to say these words to you: “Until next week”! JZ

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Ellicottville Food Pantry Donations Needed - Collections From This Week

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Move right in to this furnished midlevel end unit townhouse in desirable HoliMont location, with 4 bdrms, 2 baths, fireplace, priced to move! MLS#B1070281…$245,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Please donate your deposit paid cans, bottles and plastic containers to help Ellicottville Public Charities support The Ellicottville Food Pantry and others from Cattaraugus County. For Pick up just call Sherman at 716-912-8306. Collected this week 582 - Year to date 11,047

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

Holy Name of Mary Church to Host “Dedication Concert”


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This Timberpeg chalet boasts 5 BR/ 4.5 BA, prof kitchen, multiple fireplaces, master suite, attached garage and barn. MLS#B1098427…$695,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

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This well maintained HV unit comes fully furnished f/ many updates incl. kitchen & great location on the hill. 4/1.1 w/ plenty of room to entertain! MLS#B1067609…$324,900 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




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For the past six weeks, the Ellicottville/Salamanca Community Choir, known to many as the “Cantata Choir” has been busy preparing for another concert. This performance will take place at the Holy Name of Mary Church, on 22 Jefferson Street in Ellicottville on Sunday, March 18th, at 7:00 p.m. It will be followed with a catered reception by Dina’s Restaurant. The group’s director, Annette Ieda, decided to make the production of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” into a dedication concert to honor her husband, James Ieda, who has recently resigned as music director and assistant organist of the HNM Church due to illness. James has been a member of the “Cantata Choir” for the past several years, but is unable to participate in this performance. He is a retired music teacher from Lake Shore Central Schools in Angola, and is known throughout this area as a fine pianist, performing with Meg Johnston, and with his family at their annual “concert on the Hill” held in May each year. He is a former pianist with the Orchard Park Symphony and has his Master’s Degree

in Music from S.U.N.Y. at Fredonia, N.Y. The 30 piece choir will be accompanied by a 12 member orchestra made up of members from the Southern Tier Symphony. This group will start off the concert with a rendition of Vivaldi’s “Seasons.” Three Ieda family members will participate in the group: James Ieda III, Christopher Ieda, and Anneke Ieda. A harpsichord, played by Mark Langershausen of Olean, N.Y. will be brought in to accompany the performance of the “Gloria.” Kathy Black and Michelle Hall will be the soloists in the “Gloria.” “This group of 30 singers has brought so much joy into my life.” says Annette Ieda. Dealing with my husband’s dementia has been trying at times, but I always get engulfed in the beautiful music we are creating on Sunday afternoons. It has become the highlight of my week. It has truly been a transforming experience for many of us.” (Perfect for the theme of Lent.) “My husband, Jim, had purchased the musical scores

for the choir at HNM 17 years ago when he first began directing there. It was always his dream to have it performed in that church. Now it is finally becoming a reality!” “I am blessed to be able to fulfill his dream.” Because it is a dedication concert to honor her husband, many family members and friends are planning to attend, from Florida, NYC, and Pennsylvania. Christopher’s wife Carrie Ieda will sing with the choir. Singers Dominique and Jia Gustaferro will come from NYC to do a dedication duet. Jim’s brother will be here from Long Island, and Annette’s sister and husband from the Villages in Florida. Jim’s 92 year old mom will be present as well: the”Family Matriarch!” David Ruszkowski of Salamanca will be making DVDs of this very special occasion for family and the musicians. “It will mean so much to us if our friends come and show their appreciation and celebration of Jim’s life by enjoying the music that means so much to him.” states his wife Annette. “He still recognizes most people and so their presence will mean a lot to him. Because the Alzheimer’s organization has given us so much support in our journey with this disease, I am asking people to support this organization if they wish, by putting money into our special donation box. Otherwise, the concert will be free and open to the public.”

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The Drowsy Chaperone March 15-17

ECS Drama Club will be performing The Drowsy Chaperone March 15-17 at ECS The “Ward”. Tickets are $7 at the door. The Drowsy Chaperone is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best

Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving sendup of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down,

a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

Masquerade Party Mardi Gras Weekend; March 9th

Ellicottville, NY – The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce an expanded evening for this year’s opening party of Mardi Gras and the Winter Carnival Weekend, bringing even more

fun to the legendary Village of Ellicottville. The MASQUARADE PARTY, will be held at Madigan’s Bar starting from 6:00 to 9:00pm on Friday the 9th of March. The crowning of the Mardi Gras King

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and Queen will highlight the evening with those in attendance choosing the royals with the help of our applause meter. On top of that, the upstairs of the green bar will be transformed into an area that will resemble all the pomp and circumstance of a New Orleans celebration of Fat Tuesday fame. Included in the entrance fee will be food as only chef Jay can prepare as well as drink specials fitting the festivities. Throughout the evening the DJ’s will be playing Cajun and dance tunes to keep everyone on the dance floor. Beside the prizes for King and Queen, there will also be lots of other prizes for costumes and pretty much anything we can come up with, so get dressed in your zaniest outfit. Tickets for the party are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and can be purchased at the Chamber office or on our website. Just log onto www.

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In 2017, Lions Clubs International celebrated 100 years of serving as the largest service organization in the world. Right here in Ellicottville, your local Lions Club was busy with many service oriented projects, including the refurbishing of the many park benches found throughout the village from spring until fall. For the recent Holiday Season, the

Lions Club of Ellicottville/ Franklinville put together 65 gift bags of essential items for the seniors in our area. These bags were delivered in partnership with the Meals on Wheels programs in our local communities. The Ellicottville Lions also recently sponsored a Peace Poster Contest in the Ellicottville School district that was open to children from the ages of 11-13. We

recently presented awards for the first place poster as well as the second place (runnerup) at the Ellicottville Public Library. Layla Kerns was the first-place winner and received a check from the Lions Club for $50, Alex Silvernail submitted the second-place drawing and was awarded $25 and Katryna Jennings won the third-place prize of $15.

Town and Village Discussion The Town and Village of Ellicottville invite you to participate in a discussion about Smart Growth. Please fill out our short survey that can be found at the Town and Village website, Facebook or on the Chamber of Commerce site. Plan to attend 1 or more public meetings to be held: Thursday, March 22nd at 6pm – Town Center. Saturday, March 24th at 10am – Town Center. Saturday, April 14th at 10am – Town Center


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Are you ready for a fun-filled weekend packed with events and activities for all ages!? Be sure you are here for the biggest winter event of the season, Winter Carnival. Don’t miss the infamous Snowbar, at the base of Yodeler, with music and fun, the Village Parade The in Ellicottville on Saturday night, a costume parade Daily Lunch down Mardi Gras on Sunday Specials! (where the winner gets a Tues.-Sat. 11:30am-2:00pm season pass for next year), 1/2 Off Apps & $3 Yuenglings; Fridays 3-6PM and the crowd favorite, the Dummy Downhill. Be sure to keep an eye out for the New Bar Menu employee-built sculptures



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at the base of chairlifts, check out the Safety Patrol cookouts, the Ski Patrol pancake breakfast at the top of Champagne, and so much more! Did you know? The weekend of the Winter Carnival, the Ski Patrol puts on a Food Drive that benefits the Ellicottville Food Pantry. You can donate Saturday March 10th and Sunday March 11th at Tops Markets or be sure to bring a donation to the Village Parade. We have added some new events for this year’s Winter Carnival! If you are

attending with the family, be sure to check out Creekside Lodge on Saturday. There are family events for all ages happening: DJ dance party, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, tubing, and more! Be sure to also check out the snow kayaking expo! Watch expert kayakers race down Lower Cindy’s and bid on who you think will win. Proceeds go to our Ride for Roswell team! Did you remember your bikini? That’s right, pack your bikini for the bikini beer race down Yodeler. Participants must get to the bottom of Yodeler without spilling out of their cups; wear a bikini and you get a bonus cup to have a better chance of more at the bottom! This is most definitely a weekend you don’t want to miss! For more information and the complete schedule, visit and visit the Activities & Events page!

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Pond Skimming; March 23rd

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HoliMont Update Eight Million Austrians – One “Jet” Hans

By Dan Balkin

When I was in my early 20s, through sheer luck, my love of skiing, and youthful wanderlust, I wound up teaching mainly British tourists how to ski in Austria. In Austria, skiing is like hockey in Canada – part pastime / part sport / part secular religion. Some of the instructors I taught with looked like they came out of Instructor Central Casting: square jawed, physically fit, and faces with bronze tans that revealed raccoon eyes as soon as they took off their sunglasses – and that was just the men. Many of the female instructors were simply beautiful. Being one of the most Catholic countries on earth, there rwere a lot of male instructors dcalled “Hans” – which really .  means “Johannes” – which gtranslates into English ,as John. To distinguish sbetween the befuddling enumber of men named -Hans – most of them had a ,nickname attached to Hans. -I still remember “Ginger nHans” – a happy-go-lucky eredhead and “Schnapps -Hans” – I’ll let you draw syour own conclusions. - But the most unforgettable eHans of all was “Jet Hans.” dAs you might surmise from ,this nickname, he was a rdistinctive figure. Now, we -all come in different shapes nand sizes, and this is not meant to be critical. Jet Hans was a very short man – but he skied (by far) the longest skis of anyone on the ski school - true Downhill race skis which were over 220 cm long. I’ll leave the psychological profiling to others – but the contrast between Han’s small stature and his gigantic skis was striking. The lift at the base of the town was a cable car, and everyone had to have their skis standing upright beside them to get on the

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lift. Never having seen Jet Hans before, newly arrived ski-week guests would gape in slack-jawed amazement at the sight of this short man with his impossibly long skis towering above him as he waited in line to get on the cable car. After riding up for 3,000 vertical feet, the cable car spilled us out at the base of the main ski area. From there, you hopped on a chairlift which had a front face so steep the runs had to be carved out in a crisscross pattern. Those front facing crisscrossing runs were a playground for Jet Hans. You would be riding up the chairlift and suddenly he would come screeching around the corner on one of those crisscrossed runs as if he were Franz Klammer trying to capture Olympic Downhill gold. It almost appeared as if sparks were emanating from beneath his skis – he was skiing that fast. But Jet Hans was not free skiing, he was teaching a class of intermediate British skiers. Then you would begin counting the seconds, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – one usually got up to at least 7 or 8 before Jet Han’s first student also came flying around the corner – at the very edge of control – desperately craning his or her neck in all directions to figure out which way Jets Hans had gone. The other ten or so people in the group also finally straggled around the skiing hairpin, some as long as a half a minute later – long after Jet Hans had disappeared down the mountain. Given our North American conception of customer service this all seems hard to believe – but the plot thickens. I became friends with two British couples who came for a ski vacation each year I was there. John and Jez were the guys, and after a few seasons of passing through lower level classes, they were elevated to Jet Han’s group. One of the lifts on the backside of this mountain was a really long, really steep T-Bar. This seems hard to believe today (and I’m sure this lift is long gone), but this T-Bar accessed a face so steep that there were literally “steps”

cut into the snow beside the track. The idea behind the “snow steps” was that if you fell off the T-Bar, you would land on one of these steps and be saved from careening down the mountain. One morning while in Jet Han’s class, John and Jez managed to fall off the T-Bar and wound up stranded on one of the snow steps. At the top of the hill Jet Hans did a head count – he was not really big on names. After his cursory count, he was annoyed and said, “We are missing two students.” Someone in the group sheepishly replied that they had seen my two friends – John and Jez – fall off the T-Bar. Human fireworks ensued. Jet Hans curtly said to the group “Wait here” and preceded to do crisp ski turns down the steep pitch until he found my friends perched on their snow step. He did a precise hockey stop above them and muttered out some incomprehensible curse in Austrian slang. He then looked at them and said – “You fell off the T-Bar, yes?” Thinking he was there to do the Austrian instructor version of mountain rescue, they grinned and nodded. But a scowl came across Jet Han’s face, and in one dazzling athletic move, he hopped straight up and swung his gigantic skis up the hill as he nonchalantly grabbed one of the empty T-Bars that was passing by. Just as the T-Bar started to haul him back uphill, Jet Hans turned his head backwards toward John and Jez and shouted “We’ll see you after lunch.” Why do I remember this story in such precise detail? Was there a formal complaint lodged and was Jet Han’s employment terminated? On the contrary – for from events like this I learned why the British are noted for their “stiff upper lip” (calmness in the face of all adversity). On the day this happened John and Jez could hardly wait to hunt me down in our après ski haunt and excitedly tell me what had gone down. They thought the entire affair was so hilarious that they could barely squeeze in swigs of beer between their guffaws of laughter. Jet Hans – what a guy.

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Spring hath sprung and its getting warmer but the music in town is always red hot. Lets see who’s playing this week. Thursday it’s The Gin Mill and Joseph and Johnson from 8-11pm. These guys do an acoustic set of covers from the 60’s till now staying true to the original format. There’s always 26 drafts and the latest kitchen in town open till 11pm weeknights. FRIDAY Balloons starts things off with Breakaway from 7-10:30pm. These Buffalo veteran musicians play a rockin set of covers that span funk, rock, country and blues. A J Tetzlaf will follow in the back bar doing an acoustic cover set from 10-2am and Dj Xcite will be in the sound booth playing some smooth slide for your glide on the two dance floors. Next up is Villaggio with Jessika Schreiber featuring Nate Cronk and CJ Kacala. They will be doing an acoustic set of pop/indie/alt covers from the 80-90’s to accompany you’re excellent Italian meal. They will play from 8-11pm. We return to The Gin Mill


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cleaning supplies, and cash donations at Tops Market,” said liaison and Ski Patroller Dan Buchanan. “In honor of the weekend festivities, you will be given a string of beads for each donation made.” The food drive was originally founded by Bob Barbu and has gained success in helping the

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mourners, including a Parade Grand Marshall in tux and top hat. Well, they called it Burying Old Man Winter, but he was actually incinerated at the bottom of the hill, casket and all. The Parade consisted of mourners in a variety of costumes. Are you seeing a set-up here? So, back over twenty-five years ago, an Ellicottville village parade was created to bring these slope side revelers into the village for a fun evening. Since the original Holiday Valley parade was held on MARDI GRAS slope, carrying the name into the village to tie them together seemed the sensible and fun thing to do. And there, you have it, dear readers. That is why Ellicottville NY USA is the only place on Planet Earth where one can attend a Mardi Gras parade on a date which just happened to fall in the middle of Lent! For the past two years, an addition, now called Ellicottville’s Masquerade Party was added to give locals and visitors another night to play in our wonderful, fun village. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Team Pritchard (Cathleen and Melanie Pritchard and their Right-Hand Girl, Caitlin Croft), this weekend

ECS Cont. From Cover in their classrooms, quiet and out of sight. After the drills they have critique sessions with teachers, looking for improvements that could be made. They are checking the PA systems, making sure they work throughout the school. School staff will be taking safety training and attending seminars on school security,

for Two Guys Drinking Beer from 9-12am. These guys do a rousing acoustic set of covers from the 60’s-90’s that gets everybody up and moving. Don’t forget 26 beers on tap and the kitchen is open till midnight on weekends. We close out the night at Madigans with Dj Cobra Con in the sound booth from 10-2am playin some funk for your crunk. There’s a pool table and foosball for a bar room decathlon. SATURDAY Once again we start off at Balloons from 6-9:30pm with Joseph Michael Mahfoud. I’ve watched Joseph grow up musically at Balloons. He plays the blues from Elvin Bishop to Stevie Ray with passion and fire. Ryan Melquist and Qwister will follow at the back bar with some rustbelt reggae and techno music. Dj Xcite will be in the sound booth layin down some slippery for your boogie. Madigans will have Mick Hayes appearing from 7-10pm. Mick is by far one of Buffalo’s premier guitar player/singer/songwriters and will be playing some incredible original material. Ask about cd’s. Dj TSwift will follow with some throw down

for your low down. Next up is Villaggio with Geno McManus from 8-11pm playing an acoustic set of covers and original tunes of the alt/indie genre while you chow down on some awesome cuisine. Cucina fantastica! Back, once again to The Gin Mill, West will be performing from 9-12am. This is the electric version of Two Guys and they rock out with covers from the 60’s through today. Lot’s of cold drafts and the latest kitchen in E’ville. Because it’s the first Tuesday The Hick Ups will be at the Gin Mill from 7-10pm. These fellows come from several other bands and play an acoustic, roots, bluegrass set that’s a lot of fun to listen too. Absolutely last but not least it’s E’ville’s oldest après tradition, going on for over 30 years, Wednesday’s Wagner, Winston and wings from 8-11pm. Acoustic covers from Buffett to Lightfoot and 26 drafts to wash down those wings. We hope you have a wonderful time here and don’t forget Mardi Gras is next weekend. Please keep coming back and remember, ALWAYS SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!

community since the 1990s. “The event has become so popular because people get to know the Patrollers on a more personal level,” Buchanan said. “They see that we are inspired to help others both on and off the slopes.” Collection times at Tops will be from 6-9pm on Friday evening and 9:30am-6pm. on Saturday. Patrollers will be donned in their red jackets throughout the parade, too, to help facilitate the donations.

“If you cannot make it to the store during these time, no problem,” added Buchanan. “You can also bring your donations to the parade, which starts at 6:15pm on Saturday. We are so thankful for any amount and want to thank the community in advance for their kindness and generosity.” For more information, Buchanan can be reached at 716-219-1169 or via e-mail at danielpbuchanan@yahoo. com.

extravaganza will go on. Now, with just days away from the party (Friday, March 9, 6-9pm), you are encouraged to put together a fabulous, fun, frightful and/or fantasy costume for the Masquerade Party. Heck, the glitzier, the better. One can never have too much bling or, for those in the other direction, too much scary face paint. Partygoers will be served another delicious Mardi Gras style menu at Madigan’s. Remember last year? It truly was outstanding! Yummm. Word is that this year’s menu will also feature goodies like shrimp po-boys, Cajun mac-cheese and New Orleans style donuts called beignets! Now, why drive all the way to N’Oleans for those heavenly wonders when you can get them right here at the Masquerade party? This feast is thanks to Madigan’s Super Chef, Jay Bucchardt, who just turned forty this week. Be sure to wish him a happy happy, if he sticks his head out of the kitchen. Melanie Pritchard will once again MC the party and DJ music, complements of Madigan’s, will again be provided by the amazing duo of John Nelson and Tyler Burns. Tickets for this fun event are available for the advance price of $35 until March 2 at the Chamber of Commerce at 9 W. Washington Street or online at info@ After that, tickets can be purchased at the

door for $40. More fun: Mardi Gras 2018 King and Queen will be crowned (chosen by applause – yes, with an applause meter, we hope) at this light-hearted happening. Have you ever had dreams of being King or Queen for a day? Cape, medallion, and crown provided. Now’s your chance to reign over the Masquerade Party and then Saturday, as you help lead off the Mardi Gras Parade, and Sunday at HV. So, ya gotta be able to ski to reign. Got it? So, about the Saturday night parade. Again, costumed revelers are invited to show up at the parade start – 6pm in front of Katy’s. There will be 12 floats, teams of marchers and, get this, Parade Marshal, Punxsutawney Phil, and his handler, John Griffiths sponsored by none other than The Villager Newspaper. And, skiers, this is the rodent who told you you’d have six more weeks of winter. So, give him a great big hand! Be prepared to be wowed by the creativity of the folks who have put hours of time into their float creations, admittedly, some more than others. These folks will give their all to be the winners of the pass-around Mardi Gras trophy which they will have the honor of displaying for the entire year, to then hand off to the 2019 winners. As you can see, there’s never a dull moment in dear, sweet, fun Ellicottville! Come on down!

including a recent presentation given by Sheriff Whitcomb. Mr. Miller added the school has 60 video cameras throughout the campus. He wanted to assure the public, “We are really concentrating on the health and safety of our students.” On another subject, Mr. Miller said the Governor’s proposed tax caps would mean less money in the budget, adding it will be “devastating” for schools. The cuts would affect spending on buildings, transportation, and BOCES.

Previous budget cuts have cost the district money in increased copying charges, and staff time. Elementary School Principal Connie Poulin reported students in the school have been able to enjoy and learn from many different programs at the school. Among them are Saturday morning basketball games, Scouts, PTO events, field trips, and theme-based lunches. She mentioned a couple of Civil War

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School Drama” and it was written by the cast of the show. This was one of the few shows I was able to share the stage with my oldest brother, Colin Scharf. I was also in “Guys and Dolls” my sophomore year and played the role of Miss Adelaide. My senior year I was Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”. During high school I was active in community theater in Olean and Salamanca and was a part of Theater Workshop in Olean. I was in a few productions in college, including “On the Town” and “A Chorus Line”. I would have to say the most memorable show I was in during high school had to be “Guys and Dolls”. It was my first lead and I just loved the energy and character of Miss Adelaide. I still have an attachment to her character, she’s just so fun! My current students think that it’s really cool that I have played the role before. V: This is your directorial debut? LS: No, I directed my first show last year at JHS. We produced “Seussical the Musical”, and yes, that is a musical about Dr. Seuss characters. Prior to being the director of the JHS musical I was the vocal director for two years. This is my fourth year working with the JHS musical. I have also directed shows at Persell Middle School. In fact, immediately after this show closes I will be holding auditions for Shrek Jr. at Persell Middle School. V: Your biggest roles? LS: I was recently in a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre in Jamestown and played the role of Audrey. I was also in a production of “The Last Five Years” with the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association and played the role of Cathy. This was probably my favorite show and also the most challenging. There were only two characters in the entire show and it is extremely vocally demanding. But the music and the story are incredibly beautiful – I highly recommend it. V: When did you know you wanted to direct? LS: I think I realized my passion for directing when I was student teaching in

and Saturday at 2pm and 7pm. h All tickets are $8 at the door m and there will be basket raffles f at intermission as well. f Guys and Dolls is a classic u musical production that has e been performed by many a troupe and live stage groups n and also in the movies and g television and has been e parodied by satire as well. s In a short description sent s by Scharf to The Villager . it explains the premise of e the show; “Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New y York City, Guys and Dolls is e an oddball romantic comedy. e Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries l to find the cash to setup the n biggest craps game in town, t while authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, t his girlfriend and nightclub t performer, Adelaide, laments r that they’ve been engaged s for fourteen years. Nathan s turns to fellow gambler, Sky s Masterson, for the dough, and d Sky ends up with a straighte laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and a Dolls takes us from the heart d of Times Square to the cafes of s Havana, Cuba, and even into p the sewers of New York City, , but eventually everyone ends E up right where they belong.” The Villager caught up with Lauren Scharf for an o interview: o The Villager (V): A little info . on you; grew up in EVL? r Obviously. But a history on h you? When did you graduate? . Lauren Scharf (LS): I y grew up in Ellicottville and e graduated from ECS in 2008. r I then attended The Crane ” School of Music at SUNY , Potsdam where I majored in t Music Education. I graduated l with my Bachelor’s of Music . Education in 2013. In 2014 I was hired by the Jamestown Public School District as a middle school (5th-8th grade) i general music and chorus n teacher at Persell Middle n School. n V: Were you in drama at t ECS? College? Your most . memorable plays you were s in? r LS: Yes, my first show at ECS , was in 2002 as a 6th grader. The show was called “A High e n and be backlit. The skull will f be mounted on three-inch d standoffs that will hold the e Cont. From Cover sign three inches from the building. LED lights will be t d and awning applications mounted to the sign facing w from Stillhouse Brewery and the wall. They will create a m Distillery under construction “glow” around the figure. The e in the Gateway section of same is true for the letters on f Ellicottville - where routes 219 the rectangular sign on the e and 242 meet. Town Planner west façade, which includes a , Gary Palumbo gave his staff derbies hat above the lettering. s report on the applications. The The hat will also be back-lit. Mr. Palumbo pointed out n wall signs and awnings will be , located on the west and south the current zoning codes are o sides of the building. One of unclear when it comes to e the signs is circular and will the type of illumination the a be eight feet in diameter. The brewpub proposes. He pointed o rectangular sign will be eight out the codes say illumination f feet tall by eleven feet three for a sign should be directed f inches long. The awnings at the sign and not cause glare , will be ten and twelve feet in for the adjacent property or a n length and come out from the nearby road. The codes also e walls three feet four inches. state internally illuminated f The Planner said the awnings signs are not allowed. Mark s meet the code standards for Alianello said that might be e size, location and material. a reference to the translucent e The proposed canopies are to plastic internally lit signs that f be constructed of Di-bond, an were common when the codes u aluminum composite. Also, were written. Mr. Palumbo l the drawings showed a slogan said he didn’t know how n on one canopy saying “Where bright the lights on the back of Buffalo meets Ellicottville.” the signs would be. One board The code says only the name member wondered whether t of the owner or the business the signs would be allowed in d name may be on and awning. the village. Palumbo said the f The rectangular sign meets Village codes don’t mention the area standard of 96 square that sort of backlighting either. l feet. There was also a logo The board noted it appeared d shown on the plans that was the background of the signs e not part of the applications would be white. Another n and was not approved by the wondered if the lights could s board. be made dimmable if the e It was the lighting of the glare from them is too bright. l signs that caused the most There was concern that glare , concern for the board. In the could cause problems for d center of the round sign is a cars on 219. There was also d human skull wearing a bone concern about what on the r crossed bow-tie and a derbies drawings appeared to be lights hat. The figure will stand out illuminating the hat over the from the circular background rectangular sign. Although


the Potsdam area. I had the opportunity to be the assistant vocal director and work with the other directors and production staff on the musical. It was probably the highlight of my student teaching experience. I was able to connect with my students and share my passion of musical theatre with them. V: What is your style? LS: I’m still trying to find my style. I am trying a lot of new things and am hoping to bring the level of the JHS musical to a new height. V: Who inspired you and what’s your motivation? LS: I find inspiration by seeing any show, whether it’s a professional show or friends in a community production. I get the itch to perform or I take away concepts or ideas that I hope to transfer into a production of my own. This year I’m using digital projections in place of traditional backdrops. This is a new technique in theater that is becoming more and more common, and I thought, why not give it a try! V: Tell me about Guys and Dolls, is it your first time with the script? LS: No, as I said earlier, I was actually in a production of this show when I was in high school! I was drawn to this musical this year because of the cast that I had available. I have some pretty dynamic “guys” and some really talented “dolls” and wanted to showcase their abilities. The show is a true classic and the music is composed in a big romantic Broadway style that is very captivating. V: What was the hardest part about this gig so far? LS: Making sure that everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing, and not just the cast on stage, but also the volunteers who are sewing costumes, building and designing sets and the parents who are committed to the success of this musical. There are 42 students in the cast, 10 on stage crew, and another 20 in the pit orchestra so there are a lot of people to account for. There are so many small details and it is my job to make sure everything happens. It can be quite stressful, but I do have to say, this is one of my favorite parts of my job. they are more standard gooseneck lights over that sign and the round sign, it appeared that the gooseneck lights would interfere with the sign. The Planner recommended that the Board approve the signs with conditions. 1) The sign on the south façade be limited to 96 square feet. 2) The sign on the west façade be limited to 50 square feet. 3) The printing on the awnings state only the name of the business. 4) Lighting shall be accent only and dimmable, so no glare is thrown on the road. 5) The logo shown on the lower left of the south wall is not part of the approval. 6) The lights on the rectangular sign on the south wall will need a revised drawing that must be shown to the Code Enforcement Officer. The motion passed Digital message board signs consumed the rest of the meeting as the board considered changes to the comprehensive plan regarding rules for electronic display signs. The board discussed not only the allowable square footage of electronic displays, but the size of whatever may be holding the sign. The issue was what percentage of a sign would be allowed to be an electronic display. The board felt they did not want to see digital billboards of the type popping up in the Buffalo area. The board discussed the duration of displayed information and how frequently it could change. (This was similar to the discussion by the Town Board, see story Board Sees Signs, in See SIGN page 8

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Beat on the Street: What was Your Favorite Sport Moment in the 2018 Olympics? By Chad Neal Another four years has passed since the last winter Olympic games and though it is popular world wide, we here in Ellicottville really connect with it as we’ve seen a few kids that skied and snowboarded at one of our resorts represent the USA in the games. Also just being a ski town and winter sports area most of the sports in the games are really fun to watch and rooting for the countrymen and women of Americans and Canadians alike, gives great camaraderie in the bars and restaurants who had the games on their televisions. Even this year an Olympian that competed in South Korea was skiing at HoliMont in her youth and made headlines in local and regional media outlets. As the Olympics were first just warm weather sports for over a century (1896) inspired by the ancient Olympic games of Greece, snow sports became a part of the tradition early in the last century, 1924 to be precise in Chamonix, France. 258 athletes from 16 countries participated in those games. The next winter Olympic games will be held in 2022 in Beijing, China and hopefully some athletes from our area will compete. What was your favorite sport moment in the 2018 Olympics?

Dick M.- US Team gold.


Gart L.- Trisha Mangan!!!

Kalyssa T.- The squirrel Leanna P.- The Cross running out and almost Country Skiers winning getting run over by a snowboarder!! gold..

Carrie H.- Shaun White winning the gold!!

Clara K.- US Women’s Hockey, what a powerful rivalry and to finally bring the gold home after a 20 year drought.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - PLANNING BOARD - VILLAGE OF ELLICOTTVILLE, NEW YORK Please send All Classified Ads to 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 Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. in the Ellicottville Town Hall, 1 MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York, to consider: Application No. PB-2017-15, applications by Dina DiPasquale for a Special Use Permit, Site Plan Review, Architectural Design Review and Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic District) FOR SALE – Firewood, $100/cord Delivered. Call Paul at 716-474-6534 or 699-4743 to establish an accessory apartment on the second floor of 9 Washington Street (former M&T SNOW PLOWING – Seasonal Rates or Per Time. For more details call Paul at 716Bank building), identified as tax map parcel 55.035-5-2. 474-6534 or 699-4743 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, FOR SALE Ellicottville, NY 14731 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. FOR SALE - Great weekend getaway,furnished , turnkey 4Bd/2Ba home on 2 private acres 5 minutes to town 10 minutes to slopes Rt 242 E. no condo/village fees can text Published Every Thursday / AD DEADLINE: Mondays at 4pm pictures $192,500 (716)983-4167

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Community Calender March 2nd - 30th Whitewater Rafting Season Begins The Spring Rafting Season in Zoar Valley opens in March with the spring runoff and lasts until late May or early June as the water level becomes too low. The best white water action can normally be had from right now through April, depending of course on the amount of rainfall. May, as the water level begins to recede, can generally be counted on to provide the more scenic, warmer and serene trips. May showers, however, can bring about a sudden rise in water levels. Reservations are required. You can also check out their websites or www. March 3rd 2018 Moonlight Snowshoe Tour at Griffis Sculpture Park Showshoeing under the moonlight, eating great food and jamming out to some fine live music. $50 covers snowshoe rental; some of the best local chili, cookies and snacks; a moonlit snowshoe tour of Sculpture Park; and live music afterward by DangerBird. During the tour, snowshoers will be stopping at some of the sculptures to learn who created them, who installed them, and a little history behind them. Reservations are required and limited.

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com/entertainment March 10th & 11th Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival & Ellicottville’s Mardi Gras 2018 It’s the biggest winter event of the season with fun activities and events for the whole family. Highlights include the Snowbar at Yodeler with music and fun, the Village Parade in Ellicottville on Saturday night, the costume parade on Sunday where the winner gets a season pass for next year, and everyone’s favorite, the Dummy Downhill! Attention Holiday Valley Costume Parade entrants...we encourage you to wear your costume and join in the Village Parade on Saturday at 6:30 PM. For information call the Chamber at 716-699-5046. It’s FREE to enter and so much fun! Ski Patrol Food Drive - Benefits the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Donate at Tops Market on March 10 and 11, or bring your donation to the Village Parade. For more information on this event please visit http://www.HolidayValley. com

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this issue). Mr. Palumbo made notes from the discussion and said he would present them at the next Town Board meeting for their comments. Then

the Planning Board will issue a set of recommendations for approval. The Villager will publish them at the time.


High School Principal Erich Ploetz was attending the high school boys basketball game, so Mr. Miller gave his report. The Student Council hosted a charity basketball game on Thursday, February 15 to raise money for Shriner’s Hospital in Erie, PA. The stands were full, and they held a successful bake sale, totaling more than $600 in proceeds. ECS won. The Superintendent said the Costa Rica trip was “smashing success and a great trip.” He said he had heard excellent comments from the students. Superintendent Miller discussed the current state of the West Valley sports merger. Currently, students from West Valley are bussed to Ellicottville to participate in its sports programs. Miller said the West Valley kids are “dynamite”, and he has witnessed several friendships

develop between students in the two districts. With one year left on the agreement, he said the two schools are at a “crossroads”. If the enrollment in West Valley sports increases and they return to ECS, it will increase the number of students enrolled in sports. This means the school will move into a higher classification of competition, moving from D class to C class. He said it might mean the shifting around of some teams. There was a discussion that if West Valley’s enrollment has increased perhaps they should go back to their own program. It was noted there is still time to make that decision. The board voted to approve the slate of sports coaches for the 2017-2018 school year. The board went into executive session.

in the village, are handled as a separate type of sign. There was also a suggestion that digital signs have some an automatic or manual dimmer, so the signs do not blind drivers at night. The Planner said he would submit his draft regulations to the Planning Board for their input. Supervisor’s Report Supervisor MacAndrew reported on the Four Flushers meeting. Fewer than ten residents have yet to have their water meter changed. He said now that the majority of the Town/Village is on the new water meters, the crews can just drive by the homes, and the meters broadcast the information to their device. Collecting all the meter information now takes just a day. Mark Chudy will obtain a water operator’s license to be able to take over when Jigger Stokes retires in October. The Department Reports were accepted as submitted. Old Business Mr. MacAndrew said he has been researching the paid family leave program being promoted by the state. It was discussed since the program is optional for municipalities, the Town should opt-out of it. Mac Andrew said it could be a good program to bring up in contract negotiations. It was mentioned the Town has a good sick-leave program. Town Attorney Kathleen Moriarty said if the board decides to opt-out it must pass a resolution saying so and send it to the State Workmen’s Comp division. The board passed a resolution to opt-out at this time. The Board reviewed the draft

Inter-Municipal agreement between the Village and Town for sidewalk plowing. In it, the Village agrees to plow the Town’s sidewalks. There was some discussion about people not using the sidewalks by HoliMont, and how someone should monitor the town’s sidewalks to be sure they are plowed after a storm. Language was added to the agreement to say the Village “should plow the sidewalks as needed on a daily basis to ensure the safety of pedestrians”. A motion was passed to approve the agreement with the change. Ms. Moriarty said the change would have to be reviewed by the Village Trustees. The public hearing for Local Law #1 - 2018, the exemption from property tax for Cold War Veterans was closed. The board then discussed it. No one specified who qualifies as a Cold War Veteran, but the motion was passed. The board considered the “Think Differently” resolution from the County of Duchess NY. (Writer’s note: Think Differently is far better grammatically than Apple’s Think Different ad campaign from about eight years ago. Since then the proper formulation of adverbs has all but disappeared.) The resolution encourages state municipalities to make their communities more welcoming to residents with special needs. It was mentioned both HoliMont and Holiday Valley have adaptive ski programs that are “truly amazing.” The meeting was adjourned so the board could go into executive session.

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Reenactors that visited the school in uniform and spoke about life as a Union soldier. They told the students about the importance of the fife and drum in communications on the battlefield. The PTO Talent Show was a big success, and the students had a great time performing for the crowd. Ms. Poulin talked about a seminar she attended on helping students graduating from high school transition into the workplace if not attending college. It outlined county resources for job seekers, how to negotiate the process for applying for civil service jobs, and the many career paths open to graduates.


Cont. From Cover At the urging of new board member John Zerfas, the board has been discussing electronic signs like the one recently installed at the base of Holiday Valley. Town Planner Gary Palumbo submitted a draft of proposed electronic sign regulations to be included in the revision of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Palumbo is suggesting they be referred to as “digital displays”. He said he had checked with other digital signs in other communities to find out what they permit. He suggests the digital portion of the sign be limited to no larger than 32 square feet. There was a discussion about how frequently the signs could change messages without becoming a distraction to drivers. In the current regulations, the signs can only change displays twice a day. The Planner said other signs he saw changed every 30 seconds or faster. Supervisor MacAndrew suggested the speed limit of the roadway at the sign faces could be taken into consideration. Current code says digital displays cannot have animations and blinking or flashing displays, and the Planner said that would be preserved. Palumbo also proposed such signs could only be on the property of the business, not be allowed in residential, conservation, or agricultural districts. Time/Temperature signs, such as already exist

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A Free Weekly Publication Serving Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities.

The villager ellicottville march 1 7, 2018 volume 13 issue 10  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities.