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WHAT’S SHAKIN’ IN EVL:.......PAGE 6 March 29 - April 4, 2018

Volume 13 ~ Issue 14

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Brewpub Parking Lot Changes

Presidential Visit

Bad Weather Forces Another Change in Brewery Parking Lot

President Trump to Visit Western New York this Summer

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Story by John Thomas Staff Writer At last month’s Town Planning Board meeting Town Engineer Mark Alianello reviewed a proposal from the Stillhouse Brewery to change the specification for the parking lot surface at the new brewpub. The zoning for the area and the original brewery plans call for an asphalt surface parking lot. At the time the proposal was to change the lot specification to roller compacted concrete. The Engineer said the new surface was an acceptable alternative and the board acknowledged it was Engineer’s role to approve the change.

You may notice some black SUVs with tinted windows rolling around the area in the next few weeks. It is a security measure the Secret Service is conducting at Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course. The premise is being eyed by advisors to President Trump for a couple rounds this summer, after he visits Toronto and then Buffalo for a tour around the area. President

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In the first of a series of meetings for the Town and Village’s Smart Growth Initiative, about 50 people gathered at Town Center last Thursday night to take part in an exercise designed to determine how the community wants to grow

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Easter… Passover… Spring... Pg. 5

Bunnies, Eggs, Matzah, Baskets, Blessings and Traditions

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On February 16, 2018, the ladies of the Ellicottville Ski Club at Holiday Valley held their 13th annual “ESC Ladies’ Day”. As a result of the day of skiing, and the dinner complete with raffles and live auction that followed, the women raised $9200 to benefit this year’s recipient, the Nannen Arboretum.

Alianello To Retire

Town Board Considers Community Energy Choice

This is the season when, here in the southern tier, we see green sprouts pushing through the frozen earth, ready to produce hardy spring blooms. Animals are getting ready to give birth, maple sap is flowing, and spring rains are washing this old earth clean. It is a rebirth of huge proportions! Celebrate it!

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New Church Services Offer More Relaxed Approach to Worship

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Ellicottville has exciting news to share. It has been more than 60 years since St. Paul’s....

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

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Ladies of Ellicottville Ski Club at HV Present $9,200

It was economic development and business that brought the most comments for the evening. in the next several years. The Town and Village recently sent out the Smart Growth Survey to convene a dialogue between the citizens and the Town/Village Boards. The state is preparing to release $10 million in grants for downtown redevelopment projects in Western New York, and our local governments are a part of that action. In his opening remarks, Mayor Burrell explained the Empire State Development Corporation, who will be awarding the grants, wants input from the applying communities. The Mayor also mentioned the Town had

Trump’s Security Secretary has contacted police agencies in the western New York area to inform them that the President has looked at golf courses in the area to play, including the prestigious course at Holiday Valley. The tour the President is planning is a “Town Hall” type summit for cities in the area including Buffalo and Toronto sources told The Villager, there will

Donation to Arboretum

Town/Village Residents Participate in Smart Growth Initiative

Story By John Thomas Staff Writer


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By Ned Chala

Survey Reveals Desires

Wednesday, April 4th, 8PM


Cut to a month later and a long snowy cold March. At Monday night’s Planning Board meeting Town Planner Gary Palumbo introduced a request from Stillhouse for a last-minute agenda item to approve a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the brewpub. The Planner said the request for the TCOO was made by Mr. Bursee the week before and included a request to use a different surface for the parking lot at the business. The last-minute agenda revision was immediately objected to by one of the board members, who said, “This last minute stuff has got

What began 13 years ago as an informal ski day followed by a dinner prepared by the men of club has grown to be an annual fundraising event. To date, the women have now raised over $71,000 for various area charities. See “DONATION” Page 7

ECS Responds to Threat Superintendent Holds Meeting with Parents Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer

Retirement There was a sentimental moment at the Town Board meeting last Wednesday night. Longtime Town Engineer Mark Alianello read his formal letter of retirement. In the letter, he expressed thanks to the Town Board for working with him, saying how much he has appreciated the work. He added it

School Shooter Threat Last Friday, March 23 at 8:25 AM, a teacher at the ECS High School found a map of the school in a classroom. The map contained comments about a shooter and showed routes from entrances into the building. There were no dates or times on the map. By 8:30 the teacher had given the map to High School Principal Erich Ploetz. He showed the map to Superintendent Bob Miller who decided to call for a Shelter in Place drill for the school. The New York State Police were called, as well as the Ellicottville Police Department and the County Sheriff’s Department. Because there was no way to determine who created the map or how many other people might be involved, it was decided to move the school to a lockout out procedure. The outside doors were all locked and students were told to stay in their classrooms. Police officers escorted students to and from the bathroom and delivered lunch to the classrooms. During the investigation, it was determined a student had created the map, and there was no outside threat. The students were sent home about 12:30. On Tuesday night the school held an informational meeting with about 200 parents attending. Mr. Miller said the recent violence that has taken place across the

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Outgoing Town Engineer Mark Alianello with Niles Pierson, the new Town/Village Engineer. Story and Photo By John Thomas; Staff Writer

Ellicottville Girl’s Getaway Weekend : June 1st -3rd, 2018 : Ellicottville NY

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Publisher’s Word “So What’s Next?”



Retro finished HM chalet is sure to catch your eye. 3/2 tucked between Sunset Slope and the Main Chalet. Wrap around deck to enjoy views! MLS#B1084214…$325,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

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

Affordable, furnished & equipped, 3 bedroom, 2 bath getaway spot just 2 miles from the village! MLS#B1021423…$137,000 Harry Weissman: 716-680-2173




Last weekend was one to remember – peace, music, warm sunny days and spring skiing. Generosity and good nature ruled the day. Older folks, young parents with their kids, and every age in between - lounging in the sun, digging some great tunes, and celebrating – well, life! But what a terrific way to say ‘so long’ to a wonderful winter season and ‘hello’ to warmer days


Just minutes from everything, this updated chalet offers 3 BR, 2 BA, new kitchen, cozy wdstove, quiet country rd., w/2 car garage & pond. MLS#B1098113…$279,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

Beautiful setting for this farmhouse, with 7 acres, 5 fenced pastures, 3 stall barn, 3 BR/ 2 BA, deck, trails – needs some additional work. MLS#B1065062…$119,000 Amy DeTine: 716-583-3769

This 3/2 condo sits across from HV. Fully furnished makes moving in a breeze. Desired split flr plan gives you all the space you need! MLS#B1003259…$199,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




and new pursuits. Biking, hiking, golfing, fishing and enjoying a summer of great entertainment should have all but the most ardent snow worshippers stoked for what’s to come! So, dear readers, it’s high time we move along and get ready for “what’s next” – and in Ellicottville, New York, you just know it’s going to be great fun! Until next week…JZ

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Kathy Weinstein ........ March 29th Levi Swanson ........ March 29th • Nicole Murphy ........ April 1st MaryAnn Bianco ........ April 3rd • Elizabeth Lowes ........ April 6th ELLICOTTVILLE! 181 Years! Established 4/3/1837 Michelle Turner ... April 3 • Rochelle Dunkleman ... April 8 Tim Burns ... April 9 • Steve Gustafson .... April 10

Ellicottville Food Pantry Donations Needed - Collections From This Week

Building lot on prestigious Greer Hill – the last ski in/out available. 0.3 acres short walk to the Village of Ellicottville and all it has to offer! MLS#B1096251…$238,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

Views of HM in this 5/4 chalet. Vaulted ceilings, stunning stone FP & amp; walls of windows allow for a panoramic views from any rm! MLS#B504356…$769,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234

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




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

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

Newly built 3/3.1 TH is located in the village of Ellicottville feat. heated garage, central air and a bedroom on each floor. Deck off the main level! MLS#B1089845…$327,000 Cathy Pritchard: 716-983-4234




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

Just bring your personal gear! This studio unit at Wildflower is impeccably designed, great updates. Sold Furnished! MLS#B1106655…89,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

Updates throughout. 5 bdr/3 full bath. Walking distance to the village and slopes of HV. Large fenced in yard, 2 sheds, attached 2 car garage. MLS#B1097423…$235,000 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409




Development opportunity in heart of WNY’s most popular skiing destination! Appr. to build a 2 unit TH or apply for single family home. MLS#B48769…$44,900 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

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

Slope views in this 5 BR/ 3.5 BA chalet – living and family rm, 2 FP, huge open kitchen, on 5 acres with pond, with Finger Lakes trail above! MLS#B1016839…$499,000 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 519 - Year to date 14,204

Ellicottville FD Easter Egg Hunt On Saturday March 31st, at the Village Park at 1:00 Kids should be there 15 minutes ahead. If the weather is bad we will move it to the Fire Hall.

Celebrating Dekdebruns

Chamber Ski Day Took Special Time to Celebrate a Job Well Done

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!

Letter to The Community Thank You HoliMont Ski Patrol!

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

Well maintained TH, fully furnished. Many updates incl. kitchen & great location on the slopes at Holiday Valley. 4 bdr/1.5 bath. Nice deck. MLS#B1067609…$324,900 Melanie Pritchard: 716-480-8409

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

On Saturday, March 17th HoliMont Ski Patrol invited the families of three former Ski Patrollers who died in the past year, including Bill Burrell, to a remembrance service dedicated to them. It was such an honor to be invited for this very special day, that included their “Last Sweep” of the

Hills, slides of their lives and a speech given for each of the three patrolmen. Thank you Steve Slater for speaking about Bill. Thank you Gary Morog for helping to organize the celebration and a thank you to all the HoliMont Patrolmen who participated and to Mike Bailey for his Bag Pipes.

Bill was so lucky to be a part of the HoliMont Ski Patrol Family for over 25 years. and we learned what a close knit family the patrollers are. Again thank you for honoring our relative and friend! John Burrell, Donna Brookes, Kathy Kerns & Ingrid Hansen.

Villager on the Street Every time the Marzella family from Ridgway Pennsylvania comes to Ellicottville they are sure to get their fix of their favorite little paper around. (Left to Right) Jovana, Rick and Julee Marzella. “We love coming to Ellicottville, it is the perfect day trip! The Village is so quaint with so many wonderful shops and restaurants. And, when I get a night out with the girls, we grab The Villager, check out the music schedule and enjoy the rest Ellicottville has to offer!’ - Julee M.

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. Last meeting to be held: Saturday, April 14th at 10am – Town Center

Ellicottville Girl’s Getaway Weekend : June 1st -3rd, 2018 : Ellicottville NY

Summer Music Festival

Uprooted Featuring Micheal Glabicki of Rusted Root To Appear

Ellicottville, NY – The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that another act have been added to the 2018 Summer Music Festival Lineup June 29th to July1st. Back by popular demand, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root. It was 29 years ago that Michael Glabicki left college to start a band. He spent two years creating his vision and learning the craft of songwriting. That vision soon became Rusted Root, the multiplatinum band out of Pittsburgh, and Michael became one of the world’s most

unique voices. In many ways he is starting this process again by creating an entirely new sound landscape! This process has led to Glabicki’s new solo project, Uprooted!  This band is bringing back parts of Rusted Root of old, including more percussion and more female vocals, as well as bringing it into a new place with new material.   He will carry on playing Rusted Root’s entire catalog of music on tour with re-inspired versions, as well as continuing to bring new and exciting music under the new name of Uprooted.  Members

from the most recent touring band for Rusted Root (Dirk Miller- electric guitar, Zil Fessler- drums, Bobby Schneck Jr.-bass) as well as a new female singer, Daisie Ghost Flower will be joining as the backing band on this new adventure.   Also performing at this year’s Summer Music Festival will be Dennis DeYoung “THE MUSIC OF STYX” and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with fireworks. Stay tuned for more, we’re not finished yet! For tickets and information visit

St. Paul Lutheran Church New Church Services Offer More Relaxed Approach to Worship

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Ellicottville has exciting news to share. It has been more than 60 years since St. Paul’s Church has called a full-time pastor to shepherd its flock. The Rev. Daniel Buringrud began leading that church in a half-time arrangement with St. John Lutheran of Allegany, NY in the summer of 2015 following a lengthy pastoral vacancy in Ellicottville. In December of 2017, the membership voted to call Pastor Dan on a fulltime basis as soon as other arrangement could be made for St. John’s parish. Now that St. Paul’s no longer shares their pastor

with any other congregation, the decision has been made to move their Saturday evening contemporary “Thrive” service to the 9am time frame on Sunday mornings beginning on April 8th. This service has a more relaxed approach to worship and the music is supplied by an accomplished praise band comprised of all local musicians. The Children’s Sunday School, coffee hour and Bible Class will follow at 10am and the more traditional worship service will commence at 11am. This service is designed to be a more liturgical worship experience with the pipe

organ, piano and specialty instruments providing the musical accompaniment. This realignment of the days and service times is in response to the realization that families are spending less time together as a family unit. The placement of both services on Sunday morning will help to ease the strain for those attending either worship setting. St. Paul’s mission statement is: Everyone’s welcome, everyone’s loved, everyone is family. Check out their website: stpaulsellicottville. com. They welcome your visit! Call the Church office with questions 699-2265.

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Senator Young Present Citations at Annual Dinner

(Left to Right) Little Valley Fire Chief Dave Shinners, Firefighter of the Year First Assistant Fire Chief Vance Hess, Senator Cathy Young, and EMS Provider of the Year Truck Lieutenant Second Adam Bertino.

LITTLE VALLEY – Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I – 57th District) presented citations to two Little Valley Fire Department volunteer firefighters during the Fire Company’s annual banquet Saturday. Senator Young presented

citations to First Assistant Fire Chief Vance Hess, who received the department’s Firefighter of the Year Award, and to Truck Lieutenant Second Adam Bertino who was honored as Little Valley Fire Department EMS Provider of the Year.

Senator Young noted it takes character and a deep sense of community to volunteer as a firefighter or an EMS provider. “The men and women who volunteer to provide the rest of us with fire protection and emergency medical care sacrifice time away from their families to care for the rest of us,” she said. “Most of them have served their communities for a decade or more. Our volunteer firefighters and EMTs deserve our thanks and praise for all they do for our community.” Senator Young also thanked the family members of volunteer firefighters and EMTs for all the sacrifices they make that enable their loved ones to serve their communities. “The men and women who volunteer to protect us are heroes,” she said. “We rely on them and our community wouldn’t be the wonderful place it is without them.”

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Benefit for Waterfowl Sanctuary St. Aloysius Hall April 22nd

Help Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary rebuild after their avaries were completely destroyed by the snowstorm on March 2, 2018. Taste of the Southtowns will be held on Sunday April 22nd from 11:30-5 P.M. INSIDE St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin St., Springville. 7 Restaurants will be serving 50 food items including:  Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, Salmon, Beef tenderloin, Crab cakes,

Beef on Weck, Pulled Pork, Tacos, Soups, Peanut Butter Pie, Apple Pie, Brownies & more. Food Items from $2.00 to $5.00.  50 Basket Chinese Auction, Silent Auction, 2 Live bands:”Nip n’ Tuck” with Dave Tucker and “The Rustic Ramblers” with Gene Hilts on steel guitar. Get a Massage by Eric Davis for $1/ minute.  Free Admission with $10  purchase of Chinese

auction or food tickets. Proceeds benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, a 501c3 organization, the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the US with over 700 endangered and protected ducks, geese and swans and over 70 different species. For info call 716-942-6835,, w w w . gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm. com

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This has been a season for the books, but we are quickly wrapping up. Skiing and riding continue until April 8th and lifts will be open until 4:30pm from now until the closing day. Don’t let the snow melting get you down. We continue into our spring and summer events. Here are some dates to keep in mind for the upcoming months bringing us to summer.

Saturday, May 12th: Happy Half Marathon & 5K The Happy Half and 5K are here to put FUN into running. It’s not just about the distance, it’s about how you get there and what you do after the race. With plenty of fun distractions during the course, there is an awesome after party put on by one of the sponsors, Southern Tier Brewery. The day will feature a Half Marathon, a 5K ,and a Beer Mile for those who can stomach it! The Half Marathon and 5K both start and finish at Holiday Valley. The course heads north on lightly traveled rural roads that offer fast times and a great scenic atmosphere. Intersections will be controlled by local Police and County Sheriff Departments

to ensure a safe environment for all participants. And then there is the Beer Mile, yes, you heard us, the Beer Mile. It’s simple, drink four beers every quarter of a mile. We are bringing the event “out of the dark” to give you an official time, so invite your friends and challenger

them to a race! Be sure to bring the fun for your run! Holiday Valley is offering special lodging rates for that weekend. Be sure to visit and our Events & Activities page for more information or to register!

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shocks, all fun and mud! There is a 3.5 mile course or a 5.4 mile course to choose from. You can enjoy a chairlift ride up to Spruce Lake before you run the ridge line and head down the hill. If you choose to take the longer course, there is a bit more of uphill running, just in case you’re feeling extra tough! Holiday Valley is offering special lodging rates for that weekend. Be sure to visit and our Events & Activities page for more information or call 716.699.2345.

Fri., June 29th, Sat., June 30th, Sun., July 1st: Summer Music Festival Come celebrate US and Canadian holidays with music, art, and small town fun and friendship. With activities going on in the village: Pet Parade, arts and crafts show, and entertainment in the Gazebo. Join us on the hill Saturday, June 30th for Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx followed by the Buffalo Philharmonic on Sunday accompanied by fireworks. Commerce, For more information visit or for tickets contact the of Chamber Holiday Valley’s website Ellicottville

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HoliMont Update Pushed Around By A Heel?

By Dan Balkin

How sad. Heels do tend to gget a bad rap. Synonyms gfor the metaphorical use (as opposed to the anatomical use) of the term “heel” include a “cad, a scoundrel, or a rascal.” Kind of sounds like an Austrian ski instructor I used to know who went by the fitting nickname ‘Black Willy” – but that’s another story. On a positive note, I’m sure that your anatomical heels are very nice and have never done anyone harm. My heels, thank goodness, have never led me astray. Heels, however, can lead skiers astray – not in a moral sense – but in an athletic sense. Case in point: please look at the graphic. The skier to the left has created a “skidded” (non-carved) turn. Imagine for a moment that the ski you see on the left is a car. Would you want to go through a sharp turn on an icy or snowy road with the back end of your car leading the way? Of course not. You know that it would be unsafe, and that the car would be almost impossible to control. The same is true in skiing. If you begin your turn by excessively pushing your heels sideways – especially on a steeper and firmer slope – your skis will also be more difficult to control. I am not saying ALL skidded ski turns are bad. Learning to “skid” skis is an essential step


30+ Years Experience in learning how to do more advanced ski turns. But I am saying that some skiers get stuck in the rut of perpetually skidding their turns, when they could progress to the art of carving or “scarving” (skid-carving) their turns. (See the image to the right in the graphic above – even racers sometimes “scarve” – and anyone has to do it on extremely steep slopes.) This leads us back to a familiar acronym: TGIF. It does not mean what you think. It really means “Tips Go In First” – which actually means, “Toes Go In First.” In other words, instead of pushing your heels sideways to start a ski turn, you should think of directing all ten toes down the hill. That action lets the front of your skis lead the turn (ski tips) – not the back of your skis (ski tails). As you remember from seventh grade science class with Mrs. Geraldine

Hinkleboom, gravity is a mysterious force which prevents us from floating off toward Tahiti. There is a tremendous amount of gravity at work on a pitched ski slope. It is really much easier to befriend gravity by letting your ten toes and ski tips drop down the hill than fight gravity by pushing your heels and ski tails sideways. While skiing, try letting your heels follow your toes through the arc of your turns. Again, it is the same principle as letting the back tires of your car follow the front tires of your car while driving through a snowy curve. And how can you reward yourself for beginning your ski turns with your toes instead of your heels? A night at the casino? Designer label attire? The latest cell phone which will be obsolete in four months? My friends, new skis are always the answer… always.

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Titian painting, circa 1530, called The Madonna of the Rabbit portrays a beautiful picnicking Mary sitting front and center with her young baby on one hand, and her other hand gently resting upon the back of a pure white rabbit.

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. Have you ever wondered why Easter just can’t be on the same date every year? How much simpler things would be! But it’s not, and here’s why. The early Christian church held the belief that Christ’s resurrection took place on a Sunday. With that as a foundation, the First Council of Nicaea in 325 determined that Easter should always fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox (which IS always on March 21). In consequence, Easter remained without a fixed date but proximate to the full moon, which, incidentally, coincided with the start of Passover on the 15th of the Hebrew month Nissan. But, let’s not forget that, using a different calendar “the Orthodox Easter celebration usually occurs later than that celebrated by Protestants and Roman Catholics,” per Encyclopedia Britannica. Got all that? These two traditions do share

the same overall message of hope. The stories are very different, but the bottom line is that hope springs eternal: spring has come, Christ is risen, The Jewish refugees have gone home. Truly, Alleluia! This is the season when, here in the southern tier, we see green sprouts pushing through the frozen earth, ready to produce hardy spring blooms. Animals are getting ready to give birth, maple sap is flowing, and spring rains are washing this old earth clean. It is a rebirth of huge proportions! Celebrate it! A visit to Watson’s middle table introduces you to an array of chocolate bunnies, foil covered and marshmallow eggs, crosses, sheep, duckies and all things Easter, along with some chocolate buffalo to confuse you. Have you ever wondered why bunnies and eggs spell Easter? I looked for clues in history and found that there is no shortage of rabbits portrayed in art. I found a lovely Titian painting, circa 1530, called The Madonna of the Rabbit. Google it or, more fun still, take a quick hop over to the Louvre and see it for yourself. In this pastoral scene, a beautiful picnicking Mary sits front and center with her young baby on one hand, and her other hand gently resting upon the back of a pure white rabbit. Who knew? Then, I found a TIME article telling us this - “Many scholars believe that Easter had its origins as an early AngloSaxon festival that celebrated the goddess Eastre, (Eostre) and the coming of spring, in a sense a resurrection of nature after winter…” Carole Levin, Professor of History and

Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska added this tidbit … “Some Christian missionaries hoped that celebrating Christian holy days at the same times as pagan festivals would encourage conversion, especially if some of the symbols carried over. Eggs were part of that celebration. Apparently, eggs were eaten at the festival and possibly buried in the ground to encourage fertility.” And then, there were the Christians who Lent-fasted from all things “animal” including meat, cheese, cream and eggs. Many, being poor and frugal, hard boiled the eggs and tucked them away for Easter Sunday when they would then distribute them amongst the poor, or eat them themselves. So far, so good. But how did we end up dying the eggs? Well, it wasn’t just the poor who received the eggs. Turns out the late thirteenth century royals got into the act, dying eggs bright colors, especially royal red, or covering them in gold leaf to be given to their royal peeps. Not to be outdone, the Vatican (ok, so they took 200 years to decide to do it) sent the sitting king an egg hidden in a silver case as a seasonal present. And then, of course, the royals, not to be outdone, picked up on the idea of gifting glitzy eggs in the 19th century, hired Mrs. Faberge to create jewel encrusted ones, always with treasures tucked inside, to be given as gifts. So, ok, we’re getting somewhere. Now, remember See “ROOTS” page 8

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Madigans will have Dj TSwift bangin out the tunes on the house sound till 2am. Challenge the bartenders to make one of those shots with 5 kinds of liquor; they love that. Always the first and last Tuesday of the month The Gin Mill has the Hick Ups from 7-10pm. These guys have or are still playing with various other bands and put this group together to play a little more bluegrass, roots style music; a fun way to take a midweek break. Our weekend always ends on Wednesday with Wagner, Winston and Wings from 8-11pm cold beer, barstools and wings. Murica! Well that does it for this week. Things will be a little quieter until mud season is over and we who live here enjoy that. Just remember this is truly a four-season resort and we’ll mention some of the other things that you can do here in town as it becomes more weather appropriate. Keep coming back and please remember, ALWAYS SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!! and having him play here in Ellicottville would be great for the local commerce. The exact dates are still yet undetermined, but the Villager was told it would be in July. The Villager will release more details as the story unfolds and the exact dates and places that President Trump will be visiting. The Secret Service has been noticed already in the area and are planning to have a preemptive security briefing with town officials starting on April Fools Day.

from 25 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Natural Gas Program Next, the Board heard a presentation from Danielle McMullen from MEGA Energy Suppliers. They are offering Ellicottville a CCA, (Community Choice Aggregation) for its natural gas supply. They are part of the NYREV program, (NYS Reforming Energy Vision) program designed to moderate natural gas prices for municipalities and residents. Under the program, MEGA would negotiate natural gas prices for an entire year based on a discount market rate. Towns and private consumers would keep their present gas delivery company, but the cost of the gas would be set by MEGA. The delivery company (i.e., National Gas) would still be responsible for installation and maintenance of the gas lines, and bills would still be paid to them. The program would isolate customers from variations in natural gas prices that can spike in winter months when demand is high. If the Town Board approves the plan, all residents will be enrolled in the program but will be allowed to opt out if they choose. MEGA currently has 40 municipalities in the program. Before the program can be adopted, there must be 60 days of outreach and educational sessions for the community. Engineer’s Report Giving his last Engineer’s Report Mark Alianello discussed the problems with Valley Village. The road to the condos and the parking lot need work to improve the drainage. The Engineer said the Town would be responsible for fixing the road and the homeowners will pay for the parking lot, but the Town wants all the work done at once. Alianello said he had filled out two grant requests for culverts from the state with just six hours

to spare before the filing deadline. Niles Pierson talked about the ongoing process of getting GPS data and inventory for the Town’s 2100 assets into the GIS system. He said it would require someone to go to each of the units (utility hole covers, pipes, valves, pumps, etc.) and record its GPS coordinates. He said it would be costly to do it one item at a time. Mr. Pierson said a professional service would cost about $90 per hour to provide the work. A motion was made to have him send out a request for proposals. Police and Highway Reports Officer in Charge Don Auge said Mardi Gras had gone well this year. He said Dave Tobia had resigned to take a job in security. Officer Auge said he would like to hire Jesse Barber as a replacement. A motion to approve the hire passed. Mr. Scharf said an electrical contractor had inspected the highway barn and will issue its report regarding the overheating circuits. EVGV Trail Mr. Alianello said the EVGV Trail is getting closer to clearing some trees to allow construction of the trail between Town Center and Tim Horton’s. The trees must be removed before Spring so as not to disrupt the nesting of a certain species of bat. The Engineer said he had talked to two contractors about the work, and it’s going to be expensive. He added all the late snow has put a crimp on the project. The Trail Committee has applied for 501c3 status with the IRS. This will allow goods and services to be donated directly to the Trail. Alianello is checking to see if a contractor will donate the work once tax-exempt status is approved. He said, “It will be a big step forward to get that (the trail path) cleared.”

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Cont. From Cover Past recipients include Family Support for Ellicottville, the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley, the Ellicottville Memorial Library, Mercy Flight of Western New York, Susan G. Komen for the Cure of WNY, Almost Home Animal Sanctuary, Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, The March of Dimes of WNY, the Ellicottville Community Food Pantry, and last year’s recipient, Cattaraugus Community Action. In addition to donations from ESC members, nearly every local business contributed to this year’s silent and live auction as well as a ticket raffle. Laura DeCinque, co-chair of the annual ESC Ladies’ Day event commented, “Our

letter, Calarco asked for a temporary CO in order to open the pub as soon as possible. He asked to be able to delay laying down the hard surface (oil and chip) until June. Town zoning laws state if a developer wants a temporary CO they must put up a bond for the approximate cost of completing the improvements shown on the approved site plan. In this case, it assures there will be enough funds to proceed with the paving when the time comes. Mr. Alianello said the oil and chip surface is a good idea, but even doing that will have to wait for the field to dry out. The board established conditions for allowing the plan. All conditions for approval from the August 2017 meeting must be met. The developer must post security for the future paving of the lot. Parking spaces must be delineated. Hard surface paving must be complete by the end of June. Kelly Fredrickson will inspect for all other regulations. A motion was made to approve the TOCC with the conditions, which passed. The board went on to continue their discussions about electronic signs. Mr. Palumbo has incorporated input from both the Planning Board and the Town Board

to finalize the proposed amendments for digital signs. He outlined a few changes to the proposed rules since the Town Board meeting. The percentage of the overall sign that can be an electronic display was increased to 66%. But, the square footage for the total sign is still limited to 32 square feet. The shortest time for a message to be displayed is five seconds, with the same change for time/temperature displays. It is undetermined how the Code Enforcement Officer can measure the brightness of the sign, or how to quantify impairment to drivers. Board member Bonnie Koschir from Holiday Valley said their electronic sign is not dimmable. A motion was made to recommend the proposed amendments to the Town Board so they can set a public hearing. Both the outgoing Town Engineer, Mark Alianello and incoming Director of Public Works, Niles Pierson were at the meeting on Monday. Mr. Pierson started officially on Monday, and Mr. Alianello will end his service on Friday. The weeklong overlap is to help Mr. Pierson ease into his position. Mr. Palumbo thanked the outgoing Engineer for all his help during his two terms as Town Planner.

idea was to have attendees write specific suggestions for improving those challenges. After about a half an hour the grant writer called the meeting back to order to hear comments from the group. She went by each of the maps to examine why dots were placed where they were. On the parking map, many said improving parking in the village was a priority for them. There were suggestions that a parking garage be built outside the village and a shuttle service bring visitors into downtown. Someone suggested with the consolidation of the Town and Village’s Engineering Departments the Village DPW building could be converted to public parking. It was recommended sidewalks be installed from the Village to Tim Horton’s. A community pool was suggested as a way to enhance the communities’ parks. There was also a mention of establishing a live theatre venue in the community. There was a lot of general agreement about the necessity of creating affordable housing. It was pointed out that it’s difficult for seasonal employees at the ski area, making just above minimum wage, to afford to buy a home in the town. It was economic development and business that brought the most comments for the evening. One of the first comments made was by a downtown business owner who said: “it looks awful to

have empty storefronts.” There was some discussion about integrating the ski areas into the community. The concept of extending a chairlift from HoliMont into the downtown area was mentioned. Also discussed was the problem that many skiers who come to ski from the south or west don’t realize there is a pleasant village just a mile from the slopes. Someone mentioned the various businesses need to be better at cross-promoting other establishments. There were a number of suggestions for bringing in nonrecreational employers to the area. An emergency medical center was one suggestion as was creating a high-tech center to bring in Silicon Valley type start-ups. Outlet malls and a hockey rink were mentioned as well. Mayor Burrell asked how many people in the room knew the Town and Village have the lowest property tax rates in the state? Only a few hands went up. It was pointed out the valuation of properties here are much higher than elsewhere. Ms. Chihak said the community needs to do more marketing as a whole, and increase the presence of Ellicottville to a broader audience. There was a similar meeting Saturday, March 24th in which people went through a similar process. A final public meeting to aggregate the feedback from both forums and the survey will be held at Town Center April 14th.

event is so successful thanks to the area businesses as well as the ESC members and their generous contributions over the past thirteen years.“ The Nannen Arboretum is an 8-acre sanctuary for hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennial flowers and herbs. Guests are invited to experience the nature walks, bridges, and gardens such as the Japanese meditation garden, and the herb and perennial gardens. The Arboretum is located at 28 Parkside Drive in Ellicottville, is free to the public and open every day from dawn to dusk. The $9,200 donation from the Ellicottville Ski Club Ladies’ Day directly enables the Arboretum to jumpstart their 2018 goal to ensure that the walkways and paths at the Arboretum become ADA accessible. Estimates for the project are over $20,000. Other initiatives the Arboretum has determined

for 2018 are a “clean up” day to restore damage done to the trees during a March storm, a redesign of the herb garden, enhancing the Arboretum image through social media, and the recruitment of volunteers. Pat Kerl, a member of the Nannen Arboretum Society, stated, “We are overwhelmed and so grateful to all the local businesses and the members of the Ellicottville Ski Club that helped support the ladies in their annual fundraiser. And we are thrilled to be the recipient this year!” Anyone interested in making a donation, obtaining info about special events, or volunteering at the Nannen Arboretum may contact either Pat Kerl or Nan Miller at info@nannenarboretum. org. Visit the Arboretum’s Facebook page, Nannen Arboretum Society, or via Instagram at nannenarboretum

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Community Calender March 30th – April 2nd Make sure to ask for the Freshwater RV Show at the Seneca Fishing Regulation Guide when you get Allegany Resort & Casino your license! See hundreds of new and used RVs at this For more information on this event please annual show! There will be travel trailers, visit fifth wheels, toy haulers and motorhomes! fishing Save thousands on the RV of your dreams! Low interest rates & easy financing, plus April 1st thousands of parts and accessories on sale! Sprague’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and There are inside and outside displays, bring Breakfast with the Easter Bunny the whole family as there is also FREE Come join the Easter Bunny for breakfast admission! on Saturday April 1st from 9am to 1pm, For more information on this event please then join in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! visit 1500 eggs are placed to be found and allegany-rv-show/ special prizes to be awarded! Be sure to bring the camera and look for the Bunny’s Aprils 1st friends: Moose and Bear! Trout Season Opens! For more information on this event please Trout Season opens in our area on visit April 1st! The Enchanted Mountains provides some of the best Steelhead fishing April 1st opportunities in the Cattaraugus Creek. No Easter Brunch at Good Times of Olean matter if you’re an avid angler or simply a HAPPY EASTER!! We hope you can join fairweather fisherman (or woman) we have us. Call 716-379-8210 before March 15th a place where you will surely be hooked! and save $2.00 off each Adult brunch at Don’t have your license? It’s just $25 ($50 your table! We are putting out a fantastic for non-resident) and is good for one full spread in our banquet center and spilling year from date of purchase! over into The Point restaurant for this There are regulations for each County. event. Over 25 items offered including Know the length requirements and daily desserts, full breakfast options, lunch limits for each body of water you are options and carving stations with roast fishing in by visiting the Department of turkey and top round. Conservation’s website. Read the blog Adult Brunch $22.99 • Seniors (65+) – for the 2017-18 Regulation Changes and $15.99 • Kids 10 & Under – $14.99 • Kids updates from the Seneca Nation. 4&Under are FREE. Plus… Every table

will receive an Easter Egg with a surprise inside!! For more information on this event please visit April 4th Adventure Series at Allegany State Park Allegany State Park, known as the “Wilderness Playground of Western New York” is one such place where adventure abounds. With 65,000 acres of pristine forests, miles of trails, serene lakes and natural beauty, it’s hard not to find an activity to enjoy. The Outdoor Adventure Series hosted by the Environmental Education and Recreation Department offers informative, hands-on, free clinics for all those want to be adventurous souls. Each program is led by an outdoor enthusiast who shares their knowledge of, and passion for their favorite activity. They bring their gear, discuss what you need to get started and then let you try your hand at something new or take you on a small adventure or hike. These programs are open to the public and weather dependent. Registration is not required. For more information please contact the Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or For more information on this event please visit

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PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, VILLAGE OF ELLICOTTVILLE, NEW YORK: The Village of Ellicottville Board will hold a public hearing on Monday April 9th at 6:00pm at the Town & Village Hall, located at One West Washington Street, Ellicottville, New York re: 2018-2019 Budget. Copies of the budget are available in the Village Clerks office. Mary J. Klahn; Village Clerk

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Roots Cont. From Page 5 Eastre, the fertility goddess I spoke of earlier? Apparently, her symbol was a rabbit. Well, everyone knows what rabbits do best. Known for their extreme fertility, here’s a tidbit you may not know. Rabbits, European hares, to be exact, can produce a second litter of offspring while still pregnant with the first. This is called

ECS Cont. From Cover country “really has people thinking.” He stressed the staff at the school would give “150 percent to protect your kids.” The Superintendent added that several of the first people killed at Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School were teachers who were shot running toward the shooter. Miller wanted to address rumors that had been circulating since the incident. There were no weapons found at the school, and the event was not a bomb threat or drug search. He added he was very confident the episode was over and there is no more threat. School staff worked through the weekend to determine the best way to deal with the students the following week. They decided to hold a student meeting first thing Monday morning. Erich Ploetz showed a Power Point presentation that emphasized to the students they are safe, known, and loved at ECS. Mr. Ploetz said he and his students had “felt completely safe back in the building.” Mr. Miller acknowledged there were several things he felt he could have done better. Despite that confession, at the end of the parent meeting, several them said the Superintendent had handled the situation “beautifully,” and offered

“superconception.” Imagine! Eventually, the idea of giving colored eggs caught on with the regular folk and the kiddoes finally got into the act. Since eggs had to be delivered in some manner, the concept of the Easter bunny was born. reports that the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made

nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping. So, as Paul Harvey used to say, “now, you know the rest of the story.” Happy Spring!

him a round of applause. One parent said, “I feel a thousand percent better.” Inappropriate Contact Allegation The meeting with the parents was followed by a regularly scheduled ECS Board meeting. At the Board meeting, the parents of an ECS student confronted the board with an allegation of inappropriate contact between their son and a staff member of the school. Earlier in the day, the parents had delivered a sealed letter to the members of the board. In addressing the board the mother asked them to acknowledge receipt of the letter, which they did, but most said they had not had time to read it. (The Villager is withholding the parent’s names, and the school is not releasing the name of the staff member or student pending the investigation). The parents are demanding an investigation and answers to their questions. Also, the parents wanted a time frame for the investigation and Board action. Board President Connie Hellwig said they would discuss the matter in executive session and said she couldn’t at that point give the parents a time frame for action. The mother said she did not want to see the issue be “swept under the rug.” Ms. Hellwig said she would stay in contact with the parents. Elementary School Principal Connie Poulin assured the parents Superintendent Bob Miller would conduct a thorough

investigation, saying he is very caring and detail oriented. Mr. Miller assured the parents he would not sweep the issue under the carpet, and said despite the school lockout he had spent a good part of his day “dealing with that issue.” The staff member has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. Turning to more mundane matters, Mr. Miller reported staff development day went well. High School Principal Erich Ploetz has developed a Power Point presentation on dealing with the mental health of students; in particular how to identify a troubled student. The Superintendent noticed some teachers during the incident on the 23rd were taking steps on their own to protect the students. For the High School report, Erich Ploetz said his students had volunteered to stuff the envelopes for the Smart Growth Survey the Town and Village mailed to citizens. He said the total was about 4000 envelopes. The Principal wanted to thank the students, teachers, and parents who worked on the musical, as well as those who attended the performances. He played trumpet in the orchestra, and said he hadn’t realized the time commitment it would take, and admired the dedication of the students and staff. Mr. Ploetz showed a couple of posters from the science fair and said they represented “college-level work.”

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The villager ellicottville march 29 april 4, 2018 volume 13 issue 14  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities.

The villager ellicottville march 29 april 4, 2018 volume 13 issue 14  

A Free Weekly Publication Serving Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities.