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WHAT’S SHAKIN IN EVL:.......PAGE 6 March 8 - 14, 2018

Volume 13 ~ Issue 11

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The annual Pond Skimming Spring Party on March 24 is a day of fun in the sun. The actual Pond Skimming competition starts at 1pm on lower Yodeler. Pond Skimmers wearing outrageous costumes will ski down the slope in an attempt to skim across an ice water filled pond at the bottom, but those who are unsuccessful usually get the most applause. Prizes are awarded for the best skimmer, best costume, best child and best crash Registration takes place slopeside

of the Yodeler Lodge at 11am, and the minimum age to participate is 8 years old. The fee is $5 and children under 18 must have a parent signature. All participants receive a one-day pool pass for the Holiday Valley summer pool complex. Spectators are encouraged to cheer for the chilly participants. A mini-snowbar and cookout outside the Yodeler Lodge will feature margaritas, beer specials and “cheeseburgers in Paradise”.

Everything kicks off Friday at Madigan’s for the Ellicottville’s Masquerade Party.

Welcome to Ellicottville’s annual celebration of the last days of the ski season, Winter Carnival and the Mardi Gras parade. Friday night, March 9th, everything kicks off with Ellicottville’s Masquerade Party. This year’s party will be held upstairs at Madigan’s from 6-9 pm. This party is not like any other. Here the Mardi Gras King and Queen for the

weekend will be crowned. Those in attendance will be choosing the royals through applause. 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. Food to fit the festivities will be available See “PARTY” Page 7

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Spring is on the horizon and so are the many fun events that warmer weather in Ellicottville bring to the community each year. Ladies are invited to spend a weekend of pampering and relaxing during the town’s annual Girls Getaway Weekend, which will take place on Friday, June 1- Sunday, June 3. “This year, we are looking to double the amount of attendees and hope to get everyone ready for all Ellicottville Brewing Company offers tours of their expanded facility.

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Inside this Issue...

Insiders Guide... Pg. B2 & B3

Insiders Guide to E’Ville’s Mardi Gras Celebration

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brewers in the world are AnheuserBusch, MillerCoors, Heineken, Pabst, and Diageo, (producer of The nation’s independent breweries Guinness). These top five produce are doing battle with giant multi- just over half the world’s beer supply. national beer producers. And they See “BREW” Page 7 are winning. The five largest beer

Tops’ Operations Strong Tops Looks to Restructure Operations

Styx to Perform in EVL

Summer Music Festival ; June 30th - July 1st

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By Chad Neal Another ski season is coming to a close. The bittersweet ending to the camaraderie that the winter brings together in Ellicottville isn’t without celebration though. Holiday Valley hosts their Winter Carnival this weekend and Ellicottville has their own Mardi Gras celebration in the village, and revels on levels seen in New Orleans. Holiday Valley has....

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

On February 21, 2018, Tops Markets announced its Chapter 11 filing. A television segment on Spectrum News highlighted the frustration that some shoppers felt when they heard the news. That frustration is palpable when you listen to their personal dilemmas. There is a portion of the shopping public that comes to rely on their hometown stores because they have issues with transportation. Stores that are on bus lines or within walking distance of livable communities become very important. News like a Chapter 11 filing makes those customers nervous. What does a Chapter 11 filing mean to Tops’ loyal customers? All told there are 169 Tops stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. That is a lot of

Ellicottville, NY – The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx and the Buffalo Philharmonic will headline the 2018 Summer Music Festival. Join us for Independence Day Weekend, when the first fairway at Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course becomes one of the best outdoor concert venues in the region. Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx will take the stage Saturday night June 30th celebrating the “40th Anniversary Grand Illusion Album Tour”. Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert with his six piece band showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The set includes all eight top

See “TOPS” Page 7

See “FEST” Page 8

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Publisher’s Word “I Love a Parade”

This will not be your average weekend in the village – not by a long shot! The beloved “Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade” is finally upon us, and with it comes uncontrollable laughter, smiles, and a whole bunch of fun! This weekend’s a guaranteed good time - costumes, parades, live music and zany goings-

on in the Village and at the ski areas. You won’t want to miss one of the wackiest parades ever on Saturday March 10th at 6:30pm right down the main drag. The parade is once again free for all to participate, so get your group together, get a theme and get involved by calling the chamber office at (716) 699-5046, or download the app at www.ellicottvilleny. com. This year’s Mardi Gras events will kick off Friday night at the Madigan’s with the “Bacchus Ball” – where music, food and a cash bar are all on order. More importantly, this is your opportunity to make a case why you and your significant other should be King and Queen of the newly re-vamped Mardi Gras parade. It’s a special honor. Meanwhile, whether you’re

a skier or just an interested observer, you simply must head over to Holiday Valley this weekend! Cookouts and the ever-popular Snow Bar at Yodeler will all keep you entertained on Saturday. Sunday brings the colorful costume competition and my favorite – the “Dummy Downhill.” If you’ve never seen this, you’re missing out! So, dear readers, you better rest up and prepare for one heckuva good time this week! Mardi Gras and Winter Carnival come but once a year! See you out there… JZ P.S. – If you love Ellicottville more than you can express and you would like to be more involved send me an email, we are always looking to expand our team at The Villager: info@thevillagerny. com

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Ellicottville Food Pantry Donations Needed - Collections From This Week

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700 Club Fundraiser Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor; possible without all the hard On behalf of The Ken work of Vicky and Moose Brown 700 Club, we would Brown of the Depot.   We also like to thank all of those who want to thank our major donors contributed in so many ways who sponsored our luncheon to making our 18th Annual – Cattaraugus County Bank, Fundraising Party a success. Hodgson Russ and Team As a result of the funds Pritchard, ETA Realty. raised through the luncheon, In spite of the cool weather we donations and our auction we served lunch to over 250 and, will be in a position to help fortunately, many stayed after out many local organizations lunch for the auction. It was again this year. also successful again, thanks We would particularly like to the generous contributions to thank the management of from local businesses, our two Holiday Valley for once again ski areas and members of the allowing us to hold the event public. Throughout the event on the Yodeler Lodge Terrace. 50-50 draw tickets were sold In spite of the weather, which and the winner pocketed $250! turned quite raw at times, we The beneficiaries of our had an enthusiastic crowd. fund raising will be the local The lunch could not have been organizations we plan on

supporting. Last year we donated $9000. Our donations in 2018 are expected to bring our total donations back to the community close to $80,000 since the humble beginning of the club 18 years ago, when Kenny Brown and 9 of his friends decided to do their bit for our community. Last but not least we want to thank all of our members, not only for their financial contributions to the Club, but also  for the many hours they, and their friends spend each year organizing the party, serving food and drinks, and generally assisting in any way to make the event a success. The motto of the Club, “Help Us Help Others”, was exactly what Kenny Brown intended for the Club 18 years ago. It still describes the appeal the Club makes to this day. Thanks to everyone for helping us continue with that work. Anyone 70 years of age or older who would like to be a part of the organization should contact one of the members named below. The Ken Brown 700 Club Steering Committee: Don Ames 244-1135, Werner Gerbes 945-2199, Ron Moro 699-2061, Ollie Hazard 699 -4091, Dave Jones 699-8335, Terry Mark 244-1684.

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Letter to the Community

“We rented a house at HoliMont last week, Monday through Saturday. As you know, we woke up Friday to at least 16” of snow. I thought we’d have a difficult time getting to Holiday Valley or in to town. I
 was surprised to see the roads clear at 9 am and in town, the DPW was already hard at work clearing downed trees and sidewalks. Living east of Pittsburgh, we are used to snow , however we would still be cleaning up. You can be proud of your Villages workers and the efforts of your Road crews. Thank you for an enjoyable week” G 
 reg, from Pittsburgh

Letter to The Community Penguin Paddle Thank You

A basic Thank You is easy, a deep-seated, sincere Thank You, not so much. The support that the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley has received from the greater Ellicottville Community has beennothingshortofmiraculous. It is easy to be a supporter when the sun is shining, there

is a gentle breeze and the skiing is good. Penguin Paddle Saturday arrived with warm temperatures, rain, a cloudy day and a minimum amount of skiers. But in the afternoon the people came! Penguin Paddle was supported by happy enthusiastic staff and friends, even people

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Are you ready for a funfilled 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 employeebuilt sculptures 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 carnival! If we 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 have to get to the bottom of Yodeler with spilling the least amount 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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By Brooke Szpaicher Remembering a legend, a man who wore two different ski boots, giant mittens: the King. Some of you may remember this gentleman, Mr. Ken Brown. Although he may not have been the first king or the only king, he will always be our king of Mardi Gras in Ellicottville. He brought the “spirit of Ellicottville alive, he would meet strangers and soon become friends,” Vicki Brown told me when I took a few minutes to chat with her! He is responsible for bringing thousands of Canadian women to Ellicottville on Corbetts’ Ladies Day bus trips. Corbetts continues his tradition and still introduces people to Holiday Valley. “I remember a time he “escorted” the Toronto Police down to Ellicottville,” Vicki

laughed. The Ken Brown 700 club just celebrated its 18th annual Fundraiser. After starting the club in 2000, Ken and nine other 70-year old skiers wanted to have a great time and contribute to local charitable organizations at the same time. Since his passing in 2002, the Ken Brown 700 Club now has approximately fifty members! (If you’re 70 or older, be sure to check this out!) Aside from his huge heart and love for the community, Ken had an animated personality that most know him for. When asked, in a past interview, how he won king so many years in a row, he responded, “I bought the votes.” He would hand out loonies, Krispy Kreme donuts, and roses to the ladies during the parade. (It’s funny,

because I remember as a kid being so excited when “the King” was coming down the street for this parade). “The last few years of Mardi Gras, he was all lit up, battery packs covering his entire body! I think I actually have one of his hats downstairs,” Vicki mentioned. (BES) “What do you think of when you think of Mardi Gras?” (VB) “I remember riding the Mardi Gras chair, two person, slowly to the top, for the daytime parade down the Mardi Gras hill. Everyone was dressed up, especially the kids! I was small enough at one time, I could ride up in between my parents, under a blue poncho-like cover they provided for the ride See “BROWN” page 8

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HoliMont Update Swing Your Knees Across Your Skis

By Dan Balkin This tip has a bit of international intrigue. It came to me from Bob Kirke, a Canadian instructor at HoliMont. Bob is an instructor’s instructor – completely devoted to his craft and his students. He picked up this tip from a member of the Canadian Ski Instructor National Demonstration Team who picked it up from an American instructor at an international ski instructor “Interski” conference in Europe. I have always viewed sport instruction in general and ski instruction in particular as akin to throwing mud against a wall – some of it might stick and some of it might not. I have often heard tips that are an A-Ha moment for someone else – and it does not even register with me. Sometimes I have my A-Ha moment with that same tip a season later. Yes, we process things in different ways. That said, I think it was Gandhi who said “It’s always the simple things that take your breath away.” The utter simplicity and usefulness of this tip falls into that category. Imagine saying this: “Wow

– that was a seriously silly idea to plow my life savings into Enron and Pan-Am stock instead of Apple and Google.” If someone said that repeatedly as he skied down the hill it might have a slightly depressing effect on his psyche and would probably not improve his skiing. On the other hand, if you say, “As I ski, I am going to swing my knees across my skis” – it has a rather cheerful, pleasant and uplifting ring. As soon as Bob said it, I tried it and I immediately loved the sensation. Why? Let me count the ways: #1 By thinking of swinging both knees, you activate both legs. We are often so downhill ski dominant (the downhill ski being the ski that bears most of our weight in a ski turn) that we often neglect to think about turning BOTH legs as we initiate our ski turn. The sensation of swinging BOTH knees across our skis also helps to get the uphill leg turning. Look at how her left (or uphill) knee swings across her skis as she turns left and her right (or uphill) knee does the same as she turns right. #2 If you think about swinging your knees

across your skis slowly and progressively, you will come on and off your edges in a steadier and more deliberate fashion – just like the great ski racers do. In other words, you will be less inclined to make sudden motions that cause your edges to jam into the snow. To paraphrase Johnny Depp in his pirate mode: “Ski edges jam in snow – no good.” #3 Look at how the skier in the photo has swung her knees from one side of her skis to the other side of her skis in the course of making two turns. Notice the symmetry in her legs – they are both tipped at the same angle through every phase of her turn – one of the telltale signs of an accomplished skier. Swinging your knees across your skis will not bring any certainty to financial decisions – but who cares about such matters we know our real treasure is wisely spending the finite amount of time allotted to us skiing with our family and friends. Hmmm, there is only one way to come back to earth after such chin-stroking philosophical musings – après ski – works every time.

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ECS Winter Sports Winter Sports Banquet March 19th

ECS Winter Sports Banquet is scheduled for March 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the High School Cafeteria. All student-athletes will need to make reservations prior to Thursday, March 15 by returning reservation cards to the high school office. For reservation purposes please indicate the total number attending. There will be no cost to our student-athletes,

compliments of the Sports Booster and cost is $ 4 for senior citizens $ 7 for adults. Reminder that we have a dress code for all banquets that asks all our attendees to dress neatly! Parents and studentathletes are asked to remain for the entire program and to be courteous to each of the programs and players. We anticipate to be finished by

8:00 pm. All of our studentathletes are encouraged to be in attendance. The members of the Board of Education, Administration, Coaches and Community are extremely proud of the dedication, character and sportsmanship that our student-athletes show at all our competitions. Congratulations to all ECS teams!!

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The constitution of the eye isn’t always about vision. Six muscles allow the eye to move up and down, or side to side. Glands in our eyes produce tears to keep the eye lubricated, and tiny blood vessels carry nourishment to the eyes to keep them healthy. Other eye components provide protection. Two eyelids for each eye are made up of skin, muscle and tissue to keep the eye free of debris while covering the eye with liquid each time you blink (an average of 12 times per minute). A fringe of eyelashes also keeps particles out of the eyes, serving as a windscreen for your baby blues. Then there are the parts of the eye that allow us to read, watch TV, adjust to a dark room and gaze in wonder at waterfalls. Your eyes are pretty much an elaborate digital camera that can focus instantly and with amazing accuracy. How Eyes Really Work: Located on the front surface of the eye, the cornea performs like the lens of a camera. The colorful iris in the eye controls the amount of light entering the eye by automatically adjusting pupil size. When more light is needed, the openings in the eyes, or the pupils, enlarge. When too

much light is coming in, pupils shrink. A lens can be found behind the pupil that focuses through a process called accommodation. Once light reaches the back of the eye, the retina converts what we see into electronic signals. The optic nerve sends these signals to the visual cortex in the brain which turns the signals into an image. And it all happens at a record-breaking speed of 13 milliseconds. Healthy Nutrients for Healthy Eyes: Eating the right kinds of foods can keep your eyes healthy and working properly. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the top eye nutrients- Found in green vegetables like Kale, brussels sprouts, beet greens, pumpkin, broccoli, asparagus and carrots, peas. summer and winter squash are good food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, Zeaxanthin may help protect eye’s tissue, lens and macula, may also help prevent glare and light sensibility (1) Beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in orange foods like carrots, and sweet potatoes are important eye foods. Also, leafy greens, eggs, citrus fruits, berries, almonds, sardine and salmon. These foods may reduce the risk of eye disease, including macular degeneration. Vitamin C and E, zinc and Omega 3 foods. Berries, nuts and seeds, wild caught sea food, red bell peppers, papaya, kiwi fruit, are great nutrients as well. Our eyes are constantly exposed to sunlight and artificial lighting, which can generate free radicals that have harmful effects on ocular cells. After middle age, our natural antioxidant production decreases, and the pigments in our eyes change.

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What’s Shakin’ In E’ville: Whether Outside or In, Ellicottville is the Town to Be In

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It’s Mardi Gras weekend and Ullr the Snow God has smiled upon the ski slopes of Ellicottville with cold temps and lot’s of the white stuff so this should be a great party. As always there’s lots of music to be heard in our village so let’s have a look, shall we? We’ll start this party Thursday at The Gin Mill from 9-11pm with Joseph & Johnson. These two fellas play an acoustic percussive set of covers from the 60‘s through the 90’s and it’s a great way to relax after skiing all day. 26 beers are on tap and the kitchen is open till 11pm during the week. Down the street at Madigans, Party Squad will be playing from 9-12am. These Buffalo musicians do classic rock covers from the 50’s till today and have been entertaining E’ville crowds for as long as Madigans has been open. FRIDAY The official start to the weekend begins at Balloons from 7-10:30 with Darkwater. This Bradford band plays alt/ progressive/indie style covers and originals that are great to dance to. James Drakes and Jonathan Fisher from Pittsburgh (we won’t hold that against them) will be in the back bar playing an acoustic set of alt/indie music and Dj Xcite will be hangin and bangin in the sound booth from 10-2am with some boogie for your shuffle. Madigans is up next with the Official Mardi Gras costume party from 6-9pm. The King and Queen of the Mardi Gras will be crowned and costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 day of and Cajun style food and prizes will be part of the fun. Dj Cobra Con will follow in

the sound booth with some mosh mosh revolution for your Harlem shake from102am. Next we have Villaggio from 9-12am with Kickstart Rumble. These WNY musicians play Rockabilly and 50’s style dance music and know how to get a crowd rockin. Finnerty’s will have Strictly Hip, unplugged duo, 9-12pm. These guys play Tragically Hip covers and the crowd loves them. Closing out the evening is The Gin Mill with Joe Quick from 9-12am. Joe plays country covers and originals and lists his influences from Luke Bryant to Vince Gill. There are always 26 draught beers and the latest kitchen in town open till midnight weekends. SATURDAY We start the day up at the Yodeler Lodge with the Snow Bar, which will operate from 12-4:30pm. The Mo Porter Band will be playing afterward from 4-8pm inside doing classic rock covers from the 60’s till now. Next up is Madigans with the return of Party Squad from 5-9pm playing those classic rock covers that you love to dance to. Dj TSwift will follow in the sound booth with some bang for your hang from 102am. Let the A-team behind the pine pour some of those foo foo shots you youngens love to drink. Next out of the gate is Balloons with Cats On Holiday from 6-9pm. This Cleveland band plays roots/swamp/ zydeco style music and has put out 5 cd’s so ask about merchandise. Ryan Melquist and Qwister will follow in the back bar playing techno style reggae and Dj kage will be on

the house sound with some slide for your glide on the two dance floors till 2am. Ellicottville Brewing Company joins the party with Flossie and the Gunslingers in The Igloo from 7-11pm. They play classic and southern rock and blues covers. Listen to some music while you work your way through the 16-24 different style craft beers. The McCarthy’s Irish Ale is very good. Back over on Washington Street at The Gin Mill from 9-12am is Live-N-Kickin playing some progressive and alt country music. Wear your cowboy boots and do a little two steppin. Dancin and drinkin and food till midnight. Finnerty’s will have The Rig from 7-10pm playing everything from Stones to Clapton to Pink Floyd and Dj Gilroy will follow with some funk in the trunk for some dancing till 2am. Villaggio will close it out with Black Rock Zydeco from 9-12am. They are a Buffalo band and according to their website they play infectious rhythms spiked with Louisiana funk and jazz. SUNDAY Ellicottville Brewing Company will have MWA (Mike, Will and Aaron) who say they play everything from Dr Dre to Zac Brown. They will be in the Pub Bar from 1-3pm. The Gin Mill closes out the weekend with Two Guys Drinking Beer from 8-11pm. These fellas have been playing in E’ville for as long as I can remember and they play a rousing acoustic set of oldies from the 60’s-90’s and they like to get the audience involved. There are usually

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Cont. From Cover and music will be playing for those that want to make use of the dance floor. There will also be a costume contest at the Ball. Come out in your best Mardi Gras costume! Tickets for the Masquerade party can be purchased at the Chamber website, www.ellicottvilleny. com, and are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Saturday morning kicks off Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley with a weekend filled with activities on the hill. Holiday Valley will offer Face Painting in Customer Service,


Cont. From Cover the weekend’s fun events,” said Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Membership and Events Manager Barb Pump. This year’s Getaway will begin at 5pm on Friday with a Welcome Reception at EllicottVillas - located on Route 242 East - followed by some live music and libations at Balloons. Other perks that are included with registration are two mornings of brunch, as well as coffee and cocktails throughout the weekend. A la carte activities include Hatha yoga,

Brew Cont. From Cover But, their grip on the market is slipping. For the past ten years, the major brewers have seen sales fall 14 percent. Few of them, if any, have opened new brewing facilities during the same time. In 1989 there were 1,991 permitted craft breweries in the US. As of the end of 2016, the number had jumped to 7,190 a difference of 261%. New York State is firmly ensconced in this pack with 394 breweries (of all sizes), ranking only behind California with 927. All together small breweries added $67.8 billion to the US economy in 2016, while providing 456,000 jobs. It’s the small craft beer makers that are taking advantage of the larger producers malaise. A quick search on WNY breweries brings up 28 craft beer producers; most of them started in the past 15 years. Here in the Southern Tier, beer lovers are enjoying brews from Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewery in Lakewood, and Four Mile Brewing in Olean among several more. All of these craft brewers take advantage of brewing equipment able to produce a variety of specialty beers


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customers to worry about. A Chapter 11 filing, at this point in time, means little to the customer as far as Tops Markets is concerned. A press release posted on the company’s website states that Tops’ operations are strong. Mr. Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ chairman and CEO is quoted in that release as saying “we are continuing to provide our customers the convenience, savings and friendly service that they expect from us.” The plan is for the day to day operations to remain the same. A Chapter 11 filing is made in court and must be approved. In Tops Markets’ reorganization, many things must be taken into consideration. There are over 14,000 employees’ salaries, health care, pensions and 401 Ks to cover. Most of

a Safety Patrol Cookout (105pm) at the base of Yodeler as well as the Snowbar (12-4:30) and live music (4-8pm). Saturday night the Mardi Gras Parade will kick off in the Village. The parade lines up at 6pm and starts at 6:30. Sunday Holiday Valley will hold its Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast at the top of Champagne Warming Hut beginning 9am. There will be Face Painting in Customer Service again (10am-2pm), a Safety Patrol Cookout at the base of Yodeler (10am-5pm), Ski Club Hotdog Cookout (noon), and the Snowbar. The costume contest on the slopes will line up at the Edelweiss lean-to at 11:45,

Sunday morning at Holiday Valley, and what would Winter Carnival be if not for the Downhill Dummy? Get that brave mannequin ready for the trip down the hill. The contest starts at 2pm and continues until the last dummy is tossed. Throughout the weekend the Ski Patrol Food Drive will be taking place outside for Tops Markets, they will also collect during Saturday’s parade to benefit the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Come out and see another thing that makes Ellicottville easy to find, hard to leave. For more information, visit or

jewelry and scarf making, workshops on essential oils, beauty bootcamp, and much more! “The ‘Mixology Madness’ is going to be even better this year with specialty cocktails geared specifically towards women, with a kick of excitement,” added Pump. “For ‘Canvas n’ Cocktails,’ they will have the choice to paint an amazing spring flower to be painted on barn wood this year. Also, the Beauty Bootcamp activity will be a fun opportunity to learn different tricks for their hair as well as other things to get them prepped for the excitement that will take place later on in the evening.” Sunday will then round out

the weekend of fun with a relaxing coffee bar at Katy’s and a delicious brunch at Balloons. As always, Girls Getaway Weekend is a great way to get together with girlfriends and do some exciting activities around good company - a great kickoff to the beautiful warmer months ahead of us. New this year: only preregistration will be accepted. Payment will not be taken any time during Getaway Weekend. Everything is included with $150 registration fee. For more information on this amazing experience and to complete your registration, visit or call 716-699-5046.

using local ingredients. Each of these offers a choice of Stouts, Lagers, and Ales. Common to all craft brewers is India Pale Ale (IPA), a golden, hoppy, brew with a slightly bitter aftertaste that was all but ignored by the mass brewers. Consumers tired of the bland, corporate quaffs from the majors have bellied-up to these brews, making them the fastest growing segment of the industry. It’s the variety of brews available at craft producers that sets the market apart. EBC offers their popular Blueberry Wheat Ale, and a host of seasonal recipes like Fall Festival Lager, Just Peachy Fruit Ale, and Imperial Stout Chocolate Cherry Bomb. Four-Mile offers a cream ale called Four Mile Pre-Prohibition, a Mango Wheat, and a Russian Imperial Stout. While Southern Tier puts out Salted Caramel Stout, Raspberry White Ale, and a Cold Press Coffee Pumking. This list is by no means comprehensive. All three of these breweries have been expanding their business along with the explosion of the market. Four Mile is the process of expanding both production and distribution, and recently installed a new 30 barrel fermenter (a barrel is about 31 gallons). Southern Tier Brewery is

one of the largest craft beer producers in the country. Nate Arnone at Southern Tier says their business has expanded “significantly” in the past several years. Production capacity has reached 110,000 bottles per year. They recently expanded by opening their first satellite brewpub in Pittsburgh. He credits the company’s growth with the rise of the craft beer culture. “There’s a lot of good beer being brewed out there.” Ellicottville Brewing Company has locations in Ellicottville, Bemus Point, Fredonia and come this Spring, Little Valley, NY. Peter Kreinheder at EBC believes in taking a slower approach to growth. “Slow and steady. We plan to grow from 12 (thousand barrels) to 15 this year. What we are doing is creating a brand.” He’s acutely aware of the fickle consumer tastes that have led to the craft beer movement and adds there is no loyal base of customers. “It doesn’t exist in craft beer anymore. What’s hard is there are so many different options for customers, and that affects loyalty.” Now, they are in the process of building a brewing and bottling facility in Little Valley. With the bulk of production shifted to Little Valley the Ellicottville location will become “a lager house, and do more interesting high-end beers.”

the employee concerns are protected by union agreements and in the case of pensions, by law. Landlords, wholesalers and smaller vendors will have a say in the reorganization. The key is for the plan to be acceptable to those to whom Tops owes money so that Tops can reduce its debt. One of the goals is for Tops to continue to upgrade its stores if the reorganization plan is approved. Competition in the grocery industry is fierce and it seems as if every big business wants a piece of the action. Speculation is that Amazon, Walmart or other entities are to blame for Tops’ troubles. While that may be a part of the problem, a business doesn’t operate in a void. Analysts cite reasons such as Private Equity groups that buy chains and pay themselves at the cost of the business they own. Such was the case with Tops in 2007 when it was acquired by one such firm-Morgan Stanley. Dividend payouts

to Morgan Stanley investors and funds borrowed through lines of credit pushed Tops into greater and greater debt. Despite all of the controversy and speculation, Tops Markets will continue to do what it already does through the reorganization process. Local Tops management teams referred all media inquiries to Kathy Romanowski, a Tops Media Representative. As their website and press release offered generalized statements, I asked her to define what Tops refers to as an “exceptional shopping experience.” Her response included the affordability of their products as well as savings on gasoline: customers earn points from grocery purchases that can be redeemed for savings on gasoline purchases. Tops Markets also caters to the couponing crowd with multiple coupon programs. See TOPS page 8

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By Chad Neal Every once in a while an object will spark memories and sentiment, also causing emotions of some sort. Coming across something that one finds precious can make that person assume the object as a keepsake. Taking the find and bringing it to their home to place somewhere in the open or away in a safe place. Making the found treasure a knick-knack will find more conversation, and putting the memento in a safe place will assure it stays secure for the next time it is noticed, allowing for the memories and emotions of how it was received. Photos are often placed in a safe place and when they are looked at, memories flood the mind make for warm feelings, because the past is what the pictures hold and sometimes deep down we want for those days to be back. Sometimes the souvenirs we find or are given are like those pictures, be them a simple stone or a written passage of some sort, all of these causing the mind to wander to the days when the object was found or given to them. We as a species seem to be the only life forms that reminisce, but if studied enough it is noticeable that some other creatures have keepsakes as well. The tiniest things can create grand memories. What is the most random thing you have found that is precious to you?

Emily A.friendship.


Eric H.- When I was 9 I found a semi-precious fluorite rock. Many different colors in the same rock. It weighs 3/4’s of a pound.

Luke W.- My great grandfather’s turquoise bolo.

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Michaela P.- When I was like 12, I was sitting in Foster’s and some guy gave Noel a $2 bill as a tip, so he threw it to me and told me to keep it for good luck. I’ve kept it in my wallets ever since.

Calla W.A card Elizabeth J. made me when we were kids, it says Happy Saturday Callagator. But I remember she gave it to me on Friday because she couldn’t wait. One of my favorite things.

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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 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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Wednesday can only mean Wagner, Winston and wings from 8-11pm. You probably Cont. From Page 6 saw these guys for the first time when you were a little kid more than two guys drinking cuz they’ve been doing this gig for over 30 years. those 26 drafts.


brought the blankets to be loaded on a chair to go down. We would ski down the hill Cont. From Page 4 for the parade and when you got to the bottom, there was up the hill. When you got a burning ceremony of Old off, you put the blue blanket Man Winter, and there was the on a conveyor belt that then King himself!”


The Wall of Value, citing “all of these offer our valued customers great ways to Cont. From page 7 save money each and every time they shop with Tops”. She also cited their Price A partnership with Instacart Lock Guarantee, BonusPlus helps customers save time Card Savings, 10 for 10 and shopping as a customer’s order


Cont. From Cover ten hits including LADY, BABE, COME SAIL AWAY, TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS, MR. ROBOTO, plus the Classic Rock Anthems RENAGEDE, BLUE COLOR MAN, SUITE MADAME BLUE, ROCKIN THE PARADISE and more. Dennis is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist,

composer and record producer with a career spanning 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans. THE ORIGINAL VOICE… ALL THE CLASSIC HITS… ALL THE MEMORIES… ONE UNFORGETTABLE EVENING. On Sunday July 1 the Buffalo Philharmonic will be back for their 25th engagement at the Summer Music Festival.

Well I hope you have a fantastic Mardi Gras and get lots of beads and enjoy the parade and keep coming back and never forget, ALWAYS SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!

She said her stories could go on about Mardi Gras and King Brown, and boy would I have loved to spend all night there chatting! Ken Brown is a legend this town will never forget! He will always be our king! can be delivered in as little as one hour. These savings plans and services will remain in place as the reorganization moves forward. Tops’ valued customers hope only for the reorganization to be a success.

The show,” Vinyl Fever”, will feature songs form the Beatles, Billy Joel, Abba, The Beach Boys, Motown and more. The evening will conclude with everyone’s favorite 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes forever to an incredible fireworks display. This is an all age’s event, so pack up your picnic basket and bring the whole family. As always, 12 and under are free to both concerts. For tickets and information visit

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

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!

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Letter to The Community

On this past Thursday evening, our region experienced a major snow event. The first effect on Ellicottville was at 6:30 P.M., the Town Police Department called out our Fire Department to close Rt. 219 North. There were eight tractor trailers blocking the roadway six miles north of the Village on the hill. Members of the Fire Department responded to several more calls for trees and wires down on roadways and one two car accident. The Fire Station was manned until 3:45 A.M. Friday. Firemen were called out again a couple hours later at 6:00. Village DPW, Town Highway, County DPW and State DOT all responded Thursday evening in many cases working straight through Friday afternoon plowing snow and removing tree damage. In the Village, we had three streets that had to d be closed because of trees d and wires. Rockwell Avenue remained partially closed until Monday morning. Village DPW employees were one man short because of a death in his family. The rest all worked together plowing streets,

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sidewalks, maintaining water supply and running our Waste Water Treatment Facility. Streets were our number one priority. All four of our plow trucks were in service plowing and removing tree debris. Our backhoe and front-end loader were also in service. Priority number two was our sidewalks. Fortunately, our new sidewalk plow performed very well. Sidewalk plowing was hindered also by tree damage. A large tree behind the American Legion fell and took lines down that affected residences on Parkside Drive, Fillmore Avenue as well as the Town Center, Fire Station, Village North Water Well and the Legion. This happened around 10:30 Thursday night. We were fortunate that two National Grid crews were in the area and responded quickly. They were able to temporarily re-establish power quickly to all except the water well and the Legion. Our Water Department has been able to activate another well and manually keep the Village reservoir and the new Town/ Village East Tank filled since early Friday morning.

In addition to Village owned trees that are damaged, many of us have damage to trees in our own yards. Please wait until the snow is gone before placing this debris out by the street. If it is put out to soon, it will hamper snow plowing and removal. When the snow banks are gone, put it out and our DPW will remove it. I hope this letter gives you all an idea of the magnitude of work our crews faced. I personally want to thank all of the above agencies who participated in our storm challenge. Most of all, my thanks for the wonderful job our Village employees did. Several of them had their own challenges at home but came in to take care of the community. One came in with his own plow equipped truck and with his own chainsaw. He literally had to saw and clear the road to get to work. Additionally, thanks to our Village Clerk who was able to come in and field a number of telephone calls from residents and businesses. She then dispatched crews to take care of the challenges. Mayor John Burrell

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In honor of our good friend Bob McCarthy, The Rotary Club of Ellicottville, donated $250 to the Ellicottville Historical Society. Bob would always make sure that a portion of the funds raised by Rotary went to the Ellicottville Historical d Society. Jim Salamone y commented that The Rotary g will continue with Bob’s , tradition of supporting this great group as we feel it

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The Rotary is proud to help the society continue to fulfill their mission of studying and preserving our local history for generations to come. The Rotary Club of Ellicottville meets at 5:30 PM every second Wednesday at the American Legion. We welcome new members and extend an invitation to attend a meeting to get a feel for our mission.

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Insiders Guide to E’Ville’s Mardi Gras Celebration

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Another ski season is coming to a close. The bittersweet ending to the camaraderie that the winter brings together in Ellicottville isn’t without celebration though. Holiday Valley hosts their Winter Carnival this weekend and Ellicottville has their own Mardi Gras celebration in the village, and revels on levels seen in New Orleans. Holiday Valley has

many activities throughout the weekend including the Dummy Downhill, and the ever-popular Snow-Bar built and run by the Snowmakers that make sure the winter season is ski season. There is so much going throughout the village all weekend long. The Mardi Gras parade Saturday evening is the only diversion from all the entertainment and partying, and the parade is a party itself, including the beads


and swag given away and the laughter, costumes, and enjoyment that comes with it. Everyone loves a parade. To give a little insight into this weekend’s events and where they take place, here is an insider’s look at the Mardi Gras celebration this weekend. To learn more about the musical groups performing this weekend check out “Whats Shakin’ in Eville” column on page A6 right here in the Villager.

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Saturday, March 10

10AM-5PM.....................Safety Patrol Cookout - Base of Yodeler Family events at Creekside Lodge 12-3:30PM ......DJ dance party, beverages for mom & dad, appearances from Mr. Happy & Mudslide Mable! 1PM.....................Kids obstacle race - outside Creekside Lodge 1:45PM..............Kids scavenger hunt - playground adjacent to Creekside Lodge 1-3PM ................Tubing for kids - bottom of Rail Fun Park 3PM ....................Cardboard Box Race - next to Handle Tow 12-2PM..............................Face painting - Creekside Lodge & Tannenbaum Lodge 12-1PM ..............................Kayak Race - demo by expert kayakers - lower Cindy's 12PM-4:30PM..............Mountain Crew Snowbar - Base of Yodeler 12-3PM .............................Mercy Flight Raffle at Snowbar 1-3PM ..............................Win Sum ski racing on Foxfire 1-3PM ..............................Snowbar lawn games 2PM ..............................Bikini/Beer Race on Yodeler 4-8PM ..............................Live entertainment - Mo Porter - Yodeler Lodge 6:30PM..............................Mardi Gras Parade - Downtown Ellicottville

Sunday, March 11 9AM ....................................Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast - Top of Champagne Warming Hut 10AM-5PM.....................Safety Patrol Cookout - Base of Yodeler 11:45AM...........................Line up for costume parade - Edelweiss Lean-to on Mardi Gras 12PM .................................Costume parade - Mardi Gras 12:15PM ...........................Costume judging - Bottom of Mardi Gras 12-1PM ..............................Hot dog cookout at Creekside Lodge 12:30-3:30PM ...............Win Sum ski racing on Foxfire 12PM .................................Lederhosen Ski Club hot dog cookout - Outside Holiday Valley Lodge 12PM .................................Ellicottville Ski Club wine & cheese party - Outside Holiday Valley Lodge 12PM-4:30PM..............Mountain Crew Snowbar - Base of Yodeler 12-3PM .............................Mercy Flight Raffle at Snowbar 1-3PM ................................Snowbar Lawn Games 2PM ............................. Dummy Downhill- Base of Yodeler - $5 Entry*

Madigan’s on Washington Street in the center of the village is very well known for its party atmosphere and

celebrating Mardi Gras is something they do best. This year the parade can be watched from the upstairs dance-floor as they have placed several windows across the front of the building. Madigan’s is always doing something new. This weekend along with thousands of beads being handed out- great tunes will be pumped out as well. Friday evening the Masquerade party will take place and the upstairs will be transformed into a New Orleans wonderland. This is the prelude to the parade where the King and Queen will be crowned. The

private gala is from 7-9pm, tickets are $35 advanced, can be purchased through the Chamber of Commerce and $40 at the door. (Another locally known secret that not many visitors realize is that is Madigan’s serves lunches Tuesday through Friday. There is also Taco Tuesday and gourmet dinners are served on Friday and Saturday evenings. More known as a night spot to unwind and dance, play pool, foosball, darts or watching Chive TV along with the sports on the many televisions in the bar, Madigan’s has a full menu.)

The Gin Mill

20 W. Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY• (716) 699-2530 The Gin Mill on Washington Street is another very popular spot in the Village. Also, in the center of everything, the Gin Mill draws the crowds in with their huge front windows showing off the bar inside with all the décor they have on every inch of the building. Great food at

affordable prices is another draw for the Gin Mill, and the fact that they have live music several times a week makes them a place to stop and visit whenever you’re in town. This weekend is nothing short of entertaining with their music line up for the Mardi Gras weekend.

Annual Ski Patrol Food Drive Benefits the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Ski patrol will be collecting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and cash donations at the Tops Market in Ellicottville on Friday, March 9 4:30 PM - 9PM. & Saturday, March 10 from 9:30 AM. - 5PM or bring your donated items and/or cash to the Village Mardi Gras Parade. Please note this schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm times and location. *Entry forms for Cardboard Box Race & Dummy Downhill available at

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original island bar in the front with the nice sized raised stage, and the newer one in the back. Balloons has been known recently for bringing in some well-known acts

from across the country to wow the patrons. Michael Kerns, owner of Balloons is a fan of great music and any chance he gets to bring in a superior band, he does. Some of the acts he has had are Jeff Jensen, Victor Wainright, Joe Louis Walker, Jason Ricci, Southern Hospitality, Bryan Lee, Frank Bang and the Cook County Kings, B.D. Lenz, JP Soars, Poppa Chubby, the Sauce Boss, Brandon Santini, Damon Fowler, Nick Moss and Gracie Curran among others and Kerns is working on some new ones as well. It is also a popular place on Monday nights with $.25 wings.

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located where Cadillac Jacks previously served the public on Monroe St. between Cupcaked and Gado Gado. Their other restaurants are on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo and Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. The Public House is Craft Casual. They hand make everything on the menu. They specialize in Craft Beer and have 20 beers on tap as well as 50 bottles and cans.

Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras in Ellicottville have become one of the largest celebrations the town and village see throughout the year. Knowing that Ellicottville makes for great times and memories, keeps the jovial spirits coming

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