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Volume 12 ~ Issue 11

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Pond Skimming at HV

Music Notes

Welcome To Mardi Gras

Witness or Experience Chilly Water Rides Next Saturday

Annual 3-Day Celebration Kicks Off this Friday

5 E. Washington St. ~ 699-1226 THE RED HOTS

Saturday, March 11th, 3PM TIM BRITT

Saturday, March 11th, 7PM

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PARTY SQUAD Saturday, March 11th, 5PM

7 Monroe Street ~ 699-2199 BLACK ROCK ZYDECO

Friday, March 10th, 9PM LEERON ZYDECO

Saturday, March 11th, 9PM

20 Monroe Street ~ 699-4162 BREAKAWAY BAND Friday, March 10rd, 7PM

The annual Pond Skimming Spring Party on March 18 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 See “POND” Page 9

Wine & Cheese Fundraiser

CATS ON HOLIDAY Saturday, March 11th, 6PM

EVL/Franklinville Lions Club Event this Saturday

Welcome to Ellicottville’s annual celebration of the last days of the ski season, Winter Carnival and the Mardi Gras parade. This year, being the 25th anniversary of the parade, is larger with more fun. Friday night, March 10, Madigan’s will host the Second Annual Junior Bacchus Ball. The party is upstairs from 7-9pm with New Orleans styled food, music and fun. During the party, the weekend’s royalty will be

crowned from those in attendance. Prizes will be given for costumes and, well, just because you’re there! You could walk out of the party with tickets to a Summer Music Festival concert, gift cards to an Ellicottville establishment, or even a crown. Tickets for the Ball are $30, $35 at the door, and are available throughout Ellicottville’s merchant community, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce and See “GRAS” Page 9

Summer Music Festival

Fourth of July Weekend: Grand Funk Railroad, BPO & Carl Dixon

20 Washington Street ~ 699-2530 MO PORTER TRIO

Friday, March 10th, 9PM LIVE & KICKIN

Saturday, March 11th, 9PM TWO GUYS DRINKING BEER Sunday, March 12th, 8PM

Sneak Peek Inside this Issue...

By Kerra Trivieri

Lions Club is gearing up to host its 2nd annual Wine and Cheese The Ellicottville-Franklinville Silent Auction (WCSA) event this Saturday, March 11 from 4-9pm. Established in 1988, the Ellicottville-Franklinville Lions Club is part of Lion Clubs International, the largest service

Dekdebrun Retiring... Page B5

Dekdebrun to Take on Advisor Roll in the Interim

Story and Photo By John Thomas; Staff Writer “I want to set the record straight; the store is not closing.” That was the first thing Greg Dekdebrun said when we talked on Tuesday. But, he did admit the large signs festooning the outside of the store saying, “retirement sale” have caused a bit of confusion. He went on to say he has put the store up for sale but emphasized it will stay in operation. Mr. Dekdebrun said he is in negotiations with multiple potential buyers. Part of those negotiations include Dekdebrun staying on part time to act as an advisor to the new owners. The reason.....

Alpine Title Win... Page B4

NYSPHSAA Alpine State Title Awarded to Ellicottville Alpine Ski Team By Anna Hagley Once a year, several schools come together on one mountain to compete in the NYSPHSAA Skiing Championships. This two-day event ends with only one team receiving the honor of the state title, and this year, the Ellicottville Girls Alpine Ski Team came out on top. Not only did they win the title, but they did it being one...

See “WINE” Page 9

Winter has its final grips of the season on the area and thoughts are turning to warmer temperatures and summer fun. The Big Kickoff for Green Season fun in Ellicottville is the Summer Music Festival, produced by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and presented by Holiday Valley

Resort, June 30 through July 2. Friday night, June 30, Holiday Valley’s Main Lodge will be the home to the annual kick-off party and chair lift rides to the top of the hill will be available for those wanting to get a breath-taking view See “SUMMER” Page 9

22nd Annual Food Drive

ECS Approves Girls Golf

HV Ski Patrol Collects for Local Community

Superintendent Warns of Coming Fiscal Restraints

Story by John Thomas; Staff Writer

Mardi Gras Weekend is here and what better way to kick it off than by giving to those less fortunate and in need. The Holiday Valley Ski Patrol is proud to sponsor the 22nd Annual Food Drive to benefit the Ellicottville Food Pantry. Members of the ski patrol will be collecting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and/or cash donations at Tops Market this Friday, March 10 from 5-9pm and Saturday, March 11 from 9am-6pm. You can also donate during the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday beginning around 6:30pm. Patrollers will be pushing grocery carts on both sides of the street during the parade in their red jackets with white cross accepting your generous donations. To help you enjoy this weekend’s festivities, a string of beads will

At the ECS School Board meeting on Tuesday night, the girls on the golf team made a presentation asking the board to create a girl’s golf team. The five students had created a power point presentation to make their proposal. They pointed out currently they play as part of the boys’ team; but that forces them to tee-off from the men’s tees, making them less competitive. They said several schools in the area have separate girl’s teams. The ECS boy’s team has plenty of members and doesn’t need the girls to make a team. The young golfers said there is a lot of interest in the school for a girls’ team and could lead to scholarships for the team members.

See “PATROL” Page 9

See “ECS” Page 9

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~ The Villager ~ March 9 - 15, 2017

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Immaculate 2 unit home featuring in-law An affordable HoliMont area home suite above the garage; walk to shop, offers 1600 sf, 3 BR, 2 BA, huge great dine & nightlife. Great Investment! room w fireplace & creek side setting,

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Spacious & gracious living in this 3 BR/ 3.5 bath townhouse with partially finished basement & no assoc. fees.

One of Ellicottville’s gems, this home offers 3800 SF, 6 BR/ 4.5 BA, two fps, 1 acre lot, close to HoliMont .

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Incredible slope views in this stunning 5 BR/ 3.5 BA chalet – professionally decorated on 5 acres with pond.

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This quaint 1/1 is the perfect starter home or first vacation home. Minimal sq. ft. to maintain w/ great setting.

Brand new beautiful 3 BR/ 2.5 BA log home nestled in the woods with high end finishes and huge master suite.

A private wooded setting awaits you for this unique & bright chalet just three miles from the village & ski slopes!

5+ ac. & vast views! 4/3 located less than 1 mile outside of the village featuring a 2 car garage!

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March 9 - 15, 2017

Publisher’s Word

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“I Love a Parade”

where music, food and a cash bar are all on order. More importantly, this is your opportunity to make a case for why you and your significant other should be King and Queen of the newly re-vamped Mardi Gras parade. It’s a special honor, as this is the 25th Anniversary of the parade! Meanwhile, whether you’re a skier or just an interested observer, you simply must head over to Holiday Valley this weekend! Cookouts This will not be your average of the wackiest parades ever and the ever-popular Snow weekend in the village – not on Saturday March 11th at Bar at Yodeler will all keep by a long shot! The beloved 6:30 p.m. right down the you entertained on Saturday. “Winter Carnival and Mardi main drag. The parade is Sunday brings the colorful Gras Parade” is finally once again free for all to costume competition and upon us, and with it comes participate, so get your group my favorite – the “Dummy uncontrollable laughter, together, get a theme and Downhill.” If you’ve never smiles, and a whole bunch of get involved by calling the seen this, you’re missing out! So, dear readers, you fun! chamber office at (716) 699This weekend’s a 5046, or download the app at better rest up and prepare for one heckuva good time guaranteed good time - costumes, parades, live music This year’s Mardi Gras this week! Mardi Gras and and zany goings-on in the events will kick off Friday Winter Carnival come but once a year! Village and PARTY at the ski areas. night - atMarch the Madigan’s SQUAD 12th@ 9pm See you out there… JZ-C You won’t want to miss one with the “Bacchus Ball” –

~ The Villager ~ Page 3


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Ellicottville Food Pantry

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

Donations Needed - Collections From This Week

Please donate your deposit paid cans, bottles and plastic containers to help Ellicottville Public Charities support The Ellicottville Food Pantry and others from Cattaraugus County. Just call Sherman 716-912-8306 or drop them off at 21 Madison Street in Ellicottville. Collected this week 1,031 - Year to date 14,100

Photographers Group Forming

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

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achievement was as a coauthor on the new “Keystone Fly Fishing - Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania’s Best Water”. Currently he resides in Warren, PA where he owns and operates Gary Kell The Fly Fishing Coach providing fly fishing instructional services. Gary’s adventure in fly fishing started on Fisherman’s Paradise, in 1967 while attending Penn State in the 716.699.5350 Open Daily at 11:00 am heart of some of the best fly fishing in the world. This Great Entrees • Gourmet Pizza • Brew House Beer journey has taken him across the country from east to west, south to north and most recently from the Bahama’s to Belize. Although the first half of the journey was in pursuit of trout, the later years expanded to include many warmwater and saltwater species. We Accept Wellness Cards For more info www. Ellicottville Oasis Spa has relocated

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Winter after winter folks skiing and riding on the slopes of Holiday Valley are unaware that there is surprise hiding just off the trails throughout the resort. In 1992, Holiday Valley placed carved Clan Rocks to pay homage to the Seneca Nation, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, who occupied the land in Western New York where Holiday Valley is located. Within the Seneca Nation, there are eight clans and each clan is represented by an animal with certain respected traits. Seneca storyteller, DuWayne Bowen provided the information about the Seneca Nation and the meaning of each clan animal. Holiday Valley designed the Clan Hunt Challenge for children enrolled in Holiday Valley’s Children’s Mountain

Adventure Program to explore the resort while learning about local Native American culture. The program challenges kids to have a “Clan Hunt” using the Clan Rock map where they explore the resort with their instructor in search of the secret Clan Rocks. Once all the Clan Rocks are found, the kids head to The Fort, hidden away in the woods of Tannenbaum, to find out how the clans all tie together. Not only is this a great mountain adventure where kids learn how to follow a trail map, but they also learn about Native American culture in the Western New York area. 8 Seneca Nation Clans: Snipe Clan – doh-wees’ doh-wee” - The snipe clan had the fewest members. The snipe is a water bird. He is a gentle bird, but has a piercing cry. Beaver Clan – “nah-gohnyaht’ goht” - The beaver is the busiest of all animals. He is admired for his working skills and perseverance. He is such a good worker that he can work during the day as well as the night. Heron Clan – “joh-eh-seh” - The great blue heron is noted for his great patience. He is an excellent hunter. He is admired for his great hue of blue. Hawk Clan – “gahgeet’dahs” - The hawk is one

of the best hunters in the world. He is swift, silent and deadly. He can see a rodent from his flight 1,000 ft in the air. Deer Clan – “nyo-geht” The deer is admired for his swiftness, grace and beauty. He is one of the most revered of all the animals. The deer is so respected, he is the only animal included in the bird clan families. Turtle Clan – “haht’ nohwah” - At the time of creation, the great turtle gave permission to build the earth upon his great shell. The Iroquois People call the Earth … “Turtle Island” Bear Clan – “nya-gwi” The bear is revered by both man and animal. Bears are excellent warriors, wise, protective of young, fat and full of humor. Wolf Clan – “hoh-tie-yohnee” - The most intriguing clan. The wolf is feared for his warrior and hunting skills. He is strong and swift. He is admired for his family loyalty. He will take one mate for a lifetime. The wolf clan is part of many Native American people. The native wolf clan goes from ocean to ocean. If you are looking for a fun activity to do on the slopes, stop in Customer Service to pick up a map and go exploring! See you on the slopes!

Let’s Hear it for the Holiday Valley Snowmakers and Groomers!

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Despite over 190” of natural snowfall, the roller coaster weather cycles this year have put the Holiday Valley mountain crews to the test. Fortunately the snowmaking system is able to make up where Mother Nature has left off. Holiday Valley has invested over $13 million in their massive snowmaking system, and in the past 6 years has built an automated system that is remarkably energy efficient and effective. It is unusual to make snow in March, but this past weekend Holiday Valley fired up the automated snowmaking system for 58 hours to take advantage of the cold temperatures and produced 156 acre feet of snow. (In laymen’s terms that means they could have covered a football field with 156 feet of snow!) Throughout this season, Holiday Valley has made enough snow to cover its 220 acres of snowmaking slopes with almost 6 feet of snow. The result is that there should be plenty of snow for spring events like Winter Carnival this weekend, Pond Skimming next weekend and a fun bump contest at the end of the year. For those of you who want to know the details, here’s a basic course in Snowmaking 101. Holiday Valley operates an air/water snowmaking

system, meaning that compressed air and water travel through a total of 40 miles of underground pipes to hydrants on 95% of the slopes. Under ideal conditions in full operations, the system can make 2.8 acre-feet of snow per hour According to Steve Crowley, Director of Mountain Operations and former head of Snowmaking, ideal snowmaking conditions are 18 degrees wet bulb with about a 10 to 15 mile per hour wind from the west and frozen ground. Wet bulb is the air temperature adjusted for the humidity, as the amount of water in the air affects the rate of evaporation; the dryer the air the quicker water evaporates and the more cooling takes place. Here’s a simplified version of how snow is made… water and compressed air move up through the snowgun pipe and at the top, the water sprays out through nozzles and breaks up into fine droplets. The compressed air coming out through the nozzle further breaks up the droplets and as the air expands it has a cooling effect to help freeze the fine droplets. The newer snowguns are “internally nucleated” which means that the air and water are mixed inside the head of the gun. This is ideal because it is a more controlled environment

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and as the mixture exits the nozzles it expands, causing the ice crystals to form faster by the super cooling effect of expansion. Once a nucleus forms, other molecules of water freeze around it to form a crystal. As they fall from the 30-foot towers, the crystals continue to freeze and accumulate in mounds on the ground. A new snow crystal is like an egg with a liquid center inside the frozen shell, so the mounds are left to “cure” the snow. The mounds are affectionately referred to as “whales” and some skiers and riders actively seek them out to play on. The groomers eventually plane the mounds when the curing process is complete and we’re left with a wonderful corduroy skiing surface. Holiday Valley’s snowmaking system is comprised of 540 tower guns (including 250 automated guns), 50 ground guns and 590 hydrants. Most of the snowguns are manufactured by HKD. The newest guns installed in 2011 through 2016 are HKD Tower Impulse guns, which are adjustable for air temperature and humidity. As the air temperature and humidity drop, the amount of compressed air can be decreased, which saves energy. In 2005, Holiday Valley installed automated snowmaking on Cindy’s Run, which allowed snowmakers to turn all of the guns on at the same time. The latest round of automated snowmaking is the HKD Klix system, which was installed on Mardi Gras in 2011, on Yodeler, Morning Star and the Candy Cane loop in 2012, on Sunrise, Edelweiss See SNOW page 5

March 9 - 15, 2017

Possible Spill Causes Alarm

~ The Villager ~ Page 5

Excess Preservative Leaks onto Siding

Creosote leaked down the side of the railroad trestle over Mill Street after workers installed new ties for the tracks

Story and photo by John Thomas Staff Writer

Several citizens were concerned last week by some work done by railroad maintenance workers on the rail overpass on Mill Street. Apparently, the workers were replacing some ties on the tacks over and leading up to the trestle over the road. A resident who asked to remain unidentified said he and his wife were walking in the area and were nearly overcome by fumes. The odor apparently came from the creosote the workers were using to protect the ties. The couple complained of “horrific headaches,” and said it appeared the workers has simply poured the creosote over the ties allowing the liquid to spill onto the ground and down the concrete sides of the trestle. “It looked like they just poured the stuff over it,” said the man. Another resident who went by later said he could plainly see the creosote on the ground and where it had flowed down the sides of the trestle and onto the side of the road.

No one witnessed workers dumping anything on the ties. The first resident returned home and called both the DEC and the EPA in New York City. Later in the day, other residents observed a crew from the DEC at the site working to clean up the spill. In a statement sent to The Villager, the DEC referred to the black oily substance on the ties as “preservative.” The statement went on to say the crew had “cleaned up the spills using speedy dry. A boom was placed at the outfall of a small ditch to contain any runoff.” Speedy dry is similar to kitty litter. Several days later, in examining the area of the suspected spill, it was plain to see a black oily residue had run down the concrete sides of the trestle, and there was some creosote puddled on the steel supports of the bridge. The faint odor of the creosote still hung in the air. In looking around the area, there was a pile of fresh ties, still wet with preservative by the tracks. There was no evidence of any large areas of ground contamination. If the maintenance men had been dumping the preservative over the ties, it would have left a large splash pattern on the ground. Nothing like that was observed. The creosote on the side of the trestle likely came from newly installed ties. The tracks in the area are part of the Buffalo Pittsburg rail line owned by Genesee and Wyoming Railroad Services Inc. located in Oakmont PA. The company owns and operates freight rail services throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Mike Williams, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Genesee and Wyoming Company, said “railroad

ties are not treated with creosote in the field. It’s possible that the railroad’s contractor received some wet ties from its supplier.” The DEC seemed to agree with the statement saying, “preservative emanating from a pile of new ties not yet installed had leached out onto leaves and gravel on the railroad property.” The DEC said they inspected the site on March 2nd (the day after the apparent spill) and again on March 6th. They said some of the ties were still leaching preservative due to the warm weather. The DEC concluded, “No environmental or public health impacts were observed.” Oil-tar creosote has been used since the 1830’s to preserve wooden ships, telephone poles, railroad ties, marine pilings, and fence posts. Railroad ties are treated with creosote in a factory setting where the ties are placed in a vacuum chamber, coated with the preservative, then the air is removed from the chamber. This pulls out the air from within the wood’s structure and forces the oil into the fibers of the wood. The process is commonly known as pressure treating. Based on the information above it appears a fresh load of still wet railroad ties were partially installed on the Mill Street overpass. The new ties leaked down the trestle and oozed onto some areas of the ground. The remainder were stacked by the side of the tracks, where they dripped some creosote onto the ground. But apparently, there was no “dumping” of creosote in the area. The DEC added, “Railroad representatives and the company that sold the ties are meeting to develop further plans to contain the leakage.”

Public Hearing on Village Budget There will be a public hearing on the Village Budget at the Regular Village Board meeting on Monday March 13th. Citizens wanting to learn more about the Village’s budget process, or wanting to give input to the board are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be in the second floor meeting room at Town and Village Hall at 6:00pm.


Cont. From Page 4

and Foxfire in 2013, on The Wall, Snowledge, Crystal and Morning Star in 2014, Tannenbaum and Fiddler’s Elbow in 2015 and lower Maple Leaf and School Haus in 2016. Automation has the advantage of quick startups and shut downs from a central location, so even if favorable snowmaking temperatures exist for just an hour, the system can make snow. The Klix system also has weather stations

that monitor temperature and humidity and the guns can automatically and individually adjust to changes. The water for the snowmaking system is supplied from the ponds on the golf course and the 62 million gallon Spruce Lake, located at the top of the Spruce Lake Quad lift. Spruce Lake was constructed during the summer of 2006 and it doubled the amount of water available for snowmaking. The final and most important elements of the Holiday Valley system

are the hard working and experienced snowmaking and grooming crews. The hearty snowmakers work through the dark of night in the coldest and nastiest of weather to create each one of those delicate crystals. Once the piles of snow are created it’s up to the grooming crew to skillfully spread out the snow, just like frosting a giant cake. So when you’re out having fun on the snowmaking “whales” or cruising on the perfect corduroy, be sure to say thanks to the Holiday Valley snowmakers and groomers!

Tax Forms

We are starting to receive IRS tax forms and we should have the NYS forms and instruction booklets soon. In addition, if you call or stop in the library you can give us a list of the IRS forms you need and your address and the IRS will mail the forms directly to you with a wait time of one to two weeks.

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Signs of Spring

Evening Walk at Allegany State Park March 23

It’s the end of the season. Time to get over the winter blues, and get outside! Join a park naturalist for a “Signs of Spring Evening Walk” explaining Allegany State Park’s new wetland boardwalk. This is an elevated pathway that keeps your boots dry while allowing you to view the wetland below. Participants

will be treated to some early signs of spring that may include the display flight of the American Woodcock, chorusing Spring Peepers, newly emerged spring plants and much more. This free event takes place on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. starting at the new wetland boardwalk parking lot on

the Red House Maintenance Road. Participants should dress for the weather; bring a flash light or head lamp, camera, water, snack, and a sense of adventure. For more information please contact the Environmental Education/ Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236 or AlleganySP@

Obituary: A Blyth Spirit Ann M. Daniels – Ulmer 1958 – 2017

Ann Ulmer became a friend to just about everyone she met; a saucy creative spirit who seemed to brighten everyone’s day with her presence. She was born March 2, 1958, in Buffalo to Herbert and Elizabeth Daniels. She had lived in the Port Huron area in Michigan for the past 30 years. She suffered the death of her son Dillon and the breakup of her marriage in quick

succession, which prompted her move to Ellicottville. Ann quickly made friends in her new hometown, and soon was a regular at Katie’s Café. An artist who made jewelry and ceramics, she gave most of them to friends. For the past five years, she pursued a spiritual journey seeking enlightenment through world travels, meditation, and yoga. Those who knew her admired her energy and creativity. Very few people have the kind of zest for living Ann had. When she spoke, everything she said was about being honest, and being fair and kind. Her energy was as boundless as her curiosity; she was interested in everything. It’s hard now to imagine her still and quiet. Ann’s journey with us in Ellicottville was brief; she leaves us with many fond memories, and will be missed. Ann Ulmer was a loving mother and raised three

children. She is survived by her son, Coleton Ulmer, a daughter, Brooke Ulmer, four brothers, Chris (Kitty) Daniels, Timothy (Lisa) Daniels, Thomas (Donna) Daniels, Paul Daniels, and a sister, Elizabeth (Dan) Daniels-Kapa, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her son, Dillon Leif Ulmer on September 9, 2007, her parents, Herbert and Elizabeth Daniels, and her aunt, Ann McNamara. The town sends its condolences to Brooke, Coleton and her siblings. Services are being held in the Port Huron area. When her family comes to settle her affairs, some celebration here may be held at that time. In the meanwhile, donations may be made to the Ann and Dillon Scholarship Fund by sending checks to the Smith Family Funeral Home 1525 Hancock St., Port Huron, MI 48060.

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Fitzpatrick and Weller Honors Steve Krzes

Mr. Steve Krzes, from Springville, New York, is being honored by Fitzpatrick & Weller, Inc. in Ellicottville,

New York for his 45 years of employment. He began working for the company in February of 1972. Steve is the Director of F&W’s Quality Control Program and the past Director of the awardwinning safety program. “Having an employee serve the company for 45 years is truly a milestone,” said Fitzpatrick & Weller’s President, Greg Fitzpatrick. “Steve’s attention to detail and strong work ethic has helped keep our customers

satisfied for many years. His efforts into directing our safety program have been instrumental in helping our employees work in a safe environment.” Fitzpatrick & Weller, Inc. is a hardwood products manufacturer, employing 98 people in Ellicottville, NY. F&W provides hardwood lumber and hardwood components to both the domestic and international markets and has been in business for 122 years.

Say Goodbye to Winter

Final Performance of the Season: Music By the Fireside at ASP, Mar. 18

We’re almost there. Just a little ways to go and we can put winter behind us. One of the best ways to spend one of these remaining chilly evenings is to come warm yourself by fireside at Allegany State Park while listening to some great music! This month’s “By the Fireside” performance is the final one of the season, and features local musician Will Lowry.

Will has performed in a variety of settings, everywhere from local coffeehouses to large music festivals, from living rooms to Greenwich Village in New York City. He recently released his fifth album of original music in November of 2016, entitled, Colours & Lines. With a background in folk, blues, and classical guitar Will is known for his unusual skill

as a guitarist as well as his vocal style. His guitar sets the background for his singing of well-known songs and original compositions. Each song has a story and along with the music the audience is likely to hear some interesting background as Will shares his songs. His rendition of cover songs is often accompanied by an unusual bit of guitar work, or the addition of a harmonica. Often he will include a few of his original songs in the evening. “By the Fireside” takes place on Saturday, March 18th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Red House Administration Building lobby. We look forward to seeing you as our “Music by the Fireside” series concludes for this season. For more information please contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 716-354-9101 ext. 236.

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By Anna Hagley The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts has been awarded grant funding to begin renovations that may start as early as this month. They’ve been working on a master plan for over two years, which has come together via a collaborative effort between staff, board members, community members and local foundations, brainstorming and meeting to discuss how they could maximize the use of the space they have and provide as much as possible to those who use and enjoy it. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), a program through New York State, has earmarked nearly $10 million for the community in general, and appointed a number of community members to be on panel and take in grant requests. When Reg Lenna learned of this, they decided to submit for a $1.5 million grant for their redevelopment plan, which is the amount needed to reach their anticipated $4.1 million budget. Len Barry, Director of Marketing for Reg Lenna, spoke with The Ledger and shares excitedly that while no official grant amount has been disclosed to

them from DRI, they are one of the twelve local projects recommended to receive funding from Albany. Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is very grateful for the funding they’ve already received from other foundations to make their project possible. This includes 1.5 million from The Sheldon Foundation, $900 thousand from The Gebbie Foundation and $850 thousand given from The Lenna foundation. Currently, Reg Lenna has several pieces to their property, including office space, WRFA radio station, 3rd on 3rd art gallery, a small studio theatre, the main theatre and lobby as well as attached corner buildings. The master plan is extensive and includes changes to these areas. Of note, there is a conference room near the small performance space that is currently a basic room with only audiovisual hookups and a screen. Nonetheless, it is one of the most used spaces for pre performance meetings and preparations, but could be greatly improved to accommodate more appropriately. Their plan is to move this to the third floor, where they can then offer a state-of-the-art multimedia

space. Offices would then occupy the aforementioned second floor conference room. Their gallery is currently on the third floor, and isn’t easily accessible to those who want to visit. With these renovations, it will move down to the street level (where the studio theatre was), with a Reg Lenna representative available during all business hours, presenting more open availability, coffee and snacks for those who want to view the gallery pieces. Additionally, there are great visions in place for the two corner buildings as well, including transforming them into a dining and bar space, which would scroll open from a redesigned main lobby, and allow attendees to enjoy an entire evening of offerings, with the ability to socialize, have dinner and sip drinks before and after shows. The year-long project includes several plans to better serve all who enjoy this space, and they will still be offering their full calendar of events during renovation. Attendees and community members will notice that at some time, there will be alternative entrances to the lobby and box office. They will keep everyone updated of these entrance changes as they happen. Overall, these funds will be used largely to better accommodate all attendees and performers, offering them optimal space, equipment, and hospitality. Barry states that without the performers and community members, Reg Lenna wouldn’t exist, and gives thanks to all who support them. Reg Lenna Center for the Arts invites everyone to see the Oscar-winning film Lala Land, showing this Saturday, March 11th at 8pm. This PG13 film encompasses a story of those passionate about music, acting and chasing their dreams. Admission to view the film is $5. They are located at 116 East Third Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.

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The third event in the 2016-17 Clare College Jazz Concert Series is Sal Andolina and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Big Band will take place Tuesday March 14 from 7-8:30pm at St Bonaventure University. The Clare College Jazz Series welcomes this hardswinging, wall-rattling big

band back for a 2017 encore engagement. Last year, saxophonist/ clarinetist Andolina led the group of BPO allstars through big band classics from the swing era, such as “April In Paris,” “Accentuate The Positive,” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.” Buffalo

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Mardi Gras & Winter Carnival Weekend, Ellicottville’s Festival number two, is here. In spite of our on & off winter, the skiing at both Holiday Valley and HoliMont is still good. This will be another of the really FUN weekends that are provided us by The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and further enhanced by Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival. Check out The Villager event line up and these two websites, www. and for more details. Like most festival weeks, our music and other FUN STUFF is going to be great. Starting today Thursday March 9, 2017 through Wednesday March 15, 2017 we will have sixteen Bands doing nineteen shows, six DJ’s, two Karaoke shows, The Ellicottville Mardi Gras Parade, Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival, plus all the great food and beverage specials that happen in our FUN clubs and eateries, making Ellicottville THE FUN place that it is. THURSDAY starts the week with two bands. We begin at 8:00 PM in The Gin Mill with Joseph & Johnson doing their neat and good time acoustic, folk rock to country music tunes, that are done in their unique style will, as always, create a really FUN Gin Mill Music Night. Then at 9:00 PM Thursday, Madigans will have The Party Squad, Buffalo’s Premier Party Rock Band, doing their first show of a three show weekend. They, as always, will be creating a wonderful night of classic rock tunes and FUN in Madigans Party Bar. The Party Squad always creates a really FUN Thursday in Madigans. FRIDAY will be a five Band and three DJ evening. One of the DJ’s will include Karaoke. The FUN begins at 6:00 PM in Madigans with Ade Adu doing his neat, solo, acoustic version of the sound & styles of Bob Marley, Dave Mathews and Richie Havens. His music includes dance, hip-hop, reggae, rock, R&B and jazz. Another, a FUN show is on the way to Madigans. Following Ade Adu, DJ Nelz & DJ Tyler Swift will take over in Madigans upstairs Party & Dance Hall till close. Then at 7:00 PM Balloons will have Breakaway on stage. This five-piece WNY Band performs a wide variety of cover tunes from several eras, such as The Beatles, 70’s Funk, 80’s Hair Metal and tunes from

the 90’s to today. They will create another FUN Balloons Music Evening. Following Breakaway, DJ Kage will keep the FUN times rolling with neat danceable tunes and party promotion till close. Next at 9 PM Villaggio will have Black Rock Zydeco on stage. Here we have a six-piece Cajun Creole Band that performs Louisiana dance music with influences like The Blues, Rock, Jazz and even Country. This should be an excellent show. Then at 9:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Mo Porter Trio on stage. This will be a smaller version of this Rock N Bluzey Band. Their play list will still be classic rock to blues done in a FUN, party time way. As always a really good time will happen. Also at 9:00 PM Friday The PUB in Great Valley will have DJ Felony and his Karaoke Show on stage. Like always, The PUB Patrons will have two options, be part of the show or just kick back and enjoy The Local & FUN PUB Good Times. Then at 10:00 PM Jamie Smith from The Porcelain Bus Drivers will take the stage in Balloons Back Bar doing a solo show featuring some of The PBD tunes. SATURDAY will be a nine Band and three DJ evening. We begin at 3:00 PM in two locations. First, The U Bar of Holiday Valley’s Lodge will have The Robin Benedict/Brennagh Burns Duo on stage. This acoustic duo from Canada does close harmony, mainly original tunes in a very friendly and crowd involved way. They will make an excellent music Saturday happen in The Lodge. Also at 3:00 PM Finnerty’s will have The Red Hots performing. Here we have a Jazz type Band that plays cover tunes from the last several decades. The spirit of their music is eclectic and charming like the Band. This will be a great music afternoon. Next at 4:00 PM Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Lodge will have The Mo Porter Band doing their second show of the week. They will be a five-piece Band for this show. So we will hear their normal and FUN Rockin Bluzey show. Then at 5:00 PM Madigans will have The Party Squad return for their second show of their three show week. Again excellent cover tunes done in their unique style will make a really FUN music evening happen in Madigans. Next at 6:00 PM Balloons will have Cats On Holiday on their stage. This fivepiece, hard rockin, swamp poppin, group has been here before. They play a neat blend of American Roots, Country, Cajun and Blues that will have The Balloons crowd Rockin & Rollin all evening. After Cats On Holiday a DJ will keep The Party going with FUN Tunes and Party Promo till close. Then at 7:00 PM Finnerty’s will host their second show of the day. That being Tim Britt doing his solo acoustic show. Tim is influenced

by Dave Mathews, Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor. His tunes are mainly original. However he does perform to the requests of his audience. This will be a FUN show. Then at 8:00 PM Ellicottville Brewing Company will begin their 80’s Disco Party. This will be an 80’s music, costume and dance party, that will feature DJ Gilroy playing rockin dance tunes from the 80’s and an 80’s costume event that will be judged for the best dressed 80’s costumes. Just stop in EBC for details. Next at 9 PM Villaggio will have LeeRon Zydeco & The Hot Tamales doing their Cajun Roots show. According to their web-site, they play a spicy upbeat mix of Zydeco, Cajun, Caribbean, Blues, Tex-Mex and New Orleans party funk in a manor that will promote our Mardi Gras weekend. Then at 9:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Live & Kickin on stage doing their live music for all occasions show. This three piece, good time, rock band, plays to the desires of their audience and as always, creates a great party time. Moving to 10:00 PM Ryan Melquist & Friends will return to Balloons Back Bar with their neat Classic, Folk to Porch Rock Music show. A FUN Balloons music evening is on the way this Saturday. Also at 10:00 PM, DJ Nelz & DJ Tyler Swift will return and take over Madigans upstairs Party & Dance Hall till close SUNDAY, will have two Bands and a Karaoke Show performing. First at 4:00 PM The Party Squad will be doing their third show of the week in Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Lodge. This will be part of Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and will be an excellent show. Then at 8:00 PM The Gin Mill will have Two Guys Drinking Beer doing a Sunday show. As we always say, Ron and Terry, the two guys from The Band West, will make another FUN Gin Mill Music & Party Night happen. At 9:00 PM Madigans Upstairs Party Bar will have Rob Zimmerman doing a Karaoke Show. Good times will be happenin in Madigans this Sunday for sure. MONDAY & TUESDAY will be music free. However, Monday Balloons will have their excellent twenty-five cent wings available from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Then Tuesday, Madigans will be hosting Taco Tuesday. Jay, the creator of Madigans delicious Tacos, serves them at only one dollar each until they run out. WEDNESDAY, at 8:00 PM, our music week becomes complete in The Gin Mill with Joe Wagner & John Winston doing their traditional, acoustic classic folk to southern rock music show. Wednesday is always a great night of Gin Mill music & FUN. t C.U. Round The Music Scene Good Stuff No Worries.

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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”.

starts at 6:30 on Saturday night. But there’s more! Before the parade, musicians will be strolling the streets, stilt walkers will amble around, jugglers, face painting, henna artistry, and even ice sculptors will be around the village as well! Come down and experience Ellicottville and make sure you check out the village starting at 3pm. Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival begins Saturday morning. The annual tradition of the Snow Bar starts at noon on both Saturday, and Sunday. Live entertainment will abound. A full schedule of events at Holiday Valley will be

available on the Chamber website as soon as all activities and participants are final. 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 2 p.m. and continues until the last dummy is tossed. Come out and see another thing that makes Ellicottville easy to find, hard to leave. For more information, visit or

this weekend’s Mardi-Gras festivities, including the parade. “In addition to the wine and cheese, patrons can enjoy complimentary cake celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Lions Club International,” Sterry added. “We will also have many interesting items up for bid at our silent auction, including gifts donated by local merchants in Ellicottville and Franklinville.” Handmade quilts, framed photographs, collectables, and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants will be available at the auction as well. Proceeds from the event will go to help the Lions Club of Ellicottville-Franklinville complete many communitybased projects that are planned for the remainder of this year. “We will be refurbishing the

park benches that are found up and down Main Street in the Village of Ellicottville,” said Sterry. “We will be replacing all of the wooden slats with new, freshly varnished boards as well as repainting the castiron legs.” Additional projects to be completed this year include putting together gift bags for senior citizens during the holiday season, offering a poster contest and eyesight testing to local students, as well as providing financial aid to young people who need glasses that cannot afford them. Donations to local food banks each year are also given. For more information on the Lions Club International, visit http://www.lionsclubs. org or to learn more about our local Lions Club, visit http://franklinvillemachiasny.

Don refers to Max as ‘the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet.’ Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. While Grand Funk Railroad would be an awesome show by itself, in Ellicottville we believe in taking it to the next level. This year is no different as the opening act on Sunday is none other than Canadian classic rock legend, Carl Dixon, fronting Carl Dixon and The Last Buffalo. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Carl Dixon remains one of Canada’s stellar singers and musicians. He’s fronted and played with some of Canada’s most iconic bands including The Guess Who, Coney Hatch and April Wine. Carl scored his first record deal in the 80s, was featured on MTV and went on to tour alongside Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and many more.

His music career took him through rock ‘n’ roll highs and lows throughout the 90s and into the new millennium. While lead singer of The Guess Who, Carl was critically injured in a car accident in Australia in 2008, sustaining 52 injuries. His remarkable comeback as a solo artist, then reuniting with Coney Hatch to score a new record deal, has only been topped by his recent return as front man of The Guess Who for two special shows in the USA in January 2016. Saturday and Sunday will also have the events in the Village during the day. Both, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm Jefferson Street will be the home to the annual Arts and Crafts Show. The Annual Pet Parade will be held Saturday at 11am, on Washington Street. Not only will there be music at Holiday Valley but at the Village Gazebo, from 1-4pm on Friday. Check the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce website for more details and to order your concert tickets. Go to or call (716)699-5046 for more information.

The Ellicottville Food Bank assists many families who rely upon these donations for Cont. From Cover basic daily needs. With your generosity, together we can help those less fortunate in the be given out for each donation community. made either at Tops Market or If you have any questions during the parade. or need additional information,

please feel free to contact me at danielpbuchanan@yahoo. com or 716-249-1169. We hope to see you during another fun Mardi Gras Weekend. The Holiday Valley Ski Patrol and the Ellicottville community thank you in advance for your support.

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Cont. From Cover online at The crown that could be placed on your head leads to the annual parade tradition, as the winners will be toward the front of the parade. The 25th Anniversary edition will be Grand Marshalled in honor of “King” Ken Brown, and members of his 700 Club lead the procession. Floats and walkers will be strolling the street, as will the Renegade Drum Corps, from Lancaster, will make the festivities complete. The parade lines up at 6pm and


Cont. From Cover organization in the world. It is one of the most active volunteer organizations in the area and this weekend will showcase their efforts “We came up with the idea for the event last year, which was held at the Wingate Hotel,” said Lions Club President and Membership Chairman Jim Sterry. “It was a success for our first time and we hope to have even more guests this time around.” With help from Elliocttville Mayor Burrell, the Lions Club was able to secure a different, and more central location for this year’s event. The Philip Vogt vacant building on Washington Street (formerly Apres) will allow the WCSA to be more visible during


Cont. From Cover of the valley we call home. Saturday night, July 1, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will play their rousing set of patriotic music as the sky is lit with fireworks. Before that, tap your toes to some great dance music along with some movie favorites, to include Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen. There’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy. Sunday night, July 2, the American Band, Grand Funk Railroad, takes to the stage slope side. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multimillion selling hit, “We’re An American Band”) and bassist Mel Schacher, ‘The God Of Thunder.’ Joining Don and Mel are true ‘All Stars.’ Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co-founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.



Cont. From Cover Mr. Lacroix, the current boy’s coach has said he would be willing to coach the girls. One presenter said her mother would volunteer as an assistant coach. In a discussion, the board felt the girls should be provided with their own shirts, and transportation to

tournaments and practice would not be a problem. Later in the meeting, the board voted unanimously to create the separate girl’s golf team. In other sports news, Superintendent Mark Ward said the girl’s ski team had won the state alpine ski championship. He said they won by a single point over the nearest competitor, 98 to 99. Mr. Ward said the team had come a long way

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March 13th – 15th Hunters’ Education Class The Cattaraugus County Sheriff ’s Office will be hosting a hunters’ education class for the gun portion only on the following dates and time: Monday, March 13, 2017 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The class will be held at the Hideaway Archery in Dayton and will be limited to 35 students. There is no charge for the class. Participants must attend both days of instruction to receive a certificate. It is preferable that participants be at least 12 years of age. If a parent wants an 11-yearold to take the class, the parent must attend and sit with the child on both days. For more information on this event please visit March 14th Holiday Valley’s Cabin Fever 2 Purchase a voucher for $25.99 Canadian or US dollars, then join in for a day of fun in the snow! Vouchers are good for either Feb. 16 or Mar. 14 and are available starting one week ahead of the Cabin Fever days. Vouchers can be picked up at Phatman in Tonawanda, Ski Chalet in Niles, OH, Jamestown Cycle Shop in Jamestown, NY, Red Door in Williamsville NY and Ski Company in Rochester and Syracuse. For more information on this event please visit activities-events/calendar/

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Cont. From Page 9 states, and that will mean New York State will have less funding for schools. He said state revenues are down and “the next five years are going to be tough.” He said the board will be “pinching pennies,” and looking to save wherever they can. Elementary School Principal Connie Poulin said the students had created a twist on the usual father/ daughter dance. Instead, they are holding a mother/ son dance on Mother’s Day. She said students are creating a Facebook page for the school. Poulin said Odyssey of the Mind is coming up and some of the students will be participating. High and Middle Scholl Principal Bob Miller said the MS/HS March Pops Concert is Thursday the

9th at 7pm, and the Winter Sports Banquet will be Monday the 13th at 6pm. He said the Pops Concert is interesting because it exposes the students to music their parents listened to. Mr. Miller said both the girl’s and boys’ basketball teams had good seasons. In a school writing contest including two districts and 17 teams, one of the school’s 6th graders placed second. March 30 and 31 will be the Spring Musical: Anything Goes. There will be a Saturday matinee on the 31st. In the Technology Report, new security cameras were discussed. The new cameras have a wider angle of view and may be able to eliminate some of the current cameras. The new system will include the servers and cameras approved for security purposes. The cameras will be accessible via a phone app. In several motions made

and passed, the board authorized the school to participate in collective purchasing of supplies with other schools. They made several personnel changes including hiring Amy Botowiak to perform tutoring duties, and Kaitlyn Reithmiller to be Boy’s Girls’ Basketball Scorer/ Timer/30 Second Timer, for the 2016/17 school year. The board authorized a contract with Pro Sound of Albany to perform maintenance on the new sound system. Apparently, the system came without an instruction manual, and some parts of it were installed improperly. It has been giving the school problems. Part of the contract will be working out the problems with the system. The contract will cover this year and next year’s musical, and by its the end, the school should know how to run the system. The board went into executive session to discuss personal.

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Another ski season has passed us by. 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 on throughout in 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 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 Sherm and Robbie’s Entertainment Page right here in the Villager.

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Sunday, March 12 9:00AM ............................ Ski Patrol Pancake Breakfast - Top of Champagne Warming Hut 10:00AM-2:00PM .......... Face Painting - Customer Service 10:00AM-5:00PM ......... Safety Patrol Cookout - Base of Yodeler 11:45AM ......................... Line up for Costume parade - Edelweiss Lean-to on Mardi Gras 12:00PM ......................... Costume Parade - Mardi Gras 12:15PM ......................... Costume Judging - Bottom of Mardi Gras 12:00PM ......................... Lederhosen Ski Club Hot Dog Cookout - Outside Holiday Valley Lodge 12:00PM ......................... Ellicottville Ski Club Wine & Cheese Party - Outside Holiday Valley Lodge 12:00PM-4:30PM ......... Mountain Crew Snowbar - Base of Yodeler 2:00PM ............................. Dummy Downhill- Base of Yodeler - $5 Entry* 4:00PM-8:00PM.................Live Entertainment - Party Squad - Yodeler Lodge

Balloons Restaurant and Nightclub on Monroe Street is another great venue for live music. Now with two different bars, the original island bar in the front with the nice sized raised stage, and the newer one in the back, both have room for live entertainment. Balloons has been known recently for bringing in some well known acts from across the country to wow the

patrons. It is also a popular place on Monday nights with .25 cent wings. This weekend will be especially entertaining as Friday night at 7pm in the front bar stage Breakaway will perform and at 10pm in the Back Bar, Jamie Smith of the Porcelain Bus Drivers will be putting on an acoustic show. Saturday night at 10pm will feature Ryan Melquist & Friends.

Ellicottville Brewing Co. 28 Monroe Street, Ellicottville, NY • (716) 699-2537 Ellicottville Brewing Company has become a destination of it’s own. EBC has grown into a huge distiller and distributor of craft beer going on 22 years now. The restaurant and brewing facility has recently built a brand new brew room, and outdoor beer garden and is still growing as EBC has opened other restaurants in Western New York, with the newest on Chautauqua Lake in Bemus Point. For

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22nd 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 10th 4:30 PM - 9PM. & Saturday, March 11 from 9:30 AM. - 6PM or bring your donated items and/or cash to the Village Mardi Gras Parade.


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local to domestic as well as a full bar. The televisions all around the bar and dining area make sure all the games will be shown from any angle. Finnerty’s Tap Room also has live entertainment this weekend for the Mardi Gras Celebration. This Saturday, from 3pm-6pm, The Red Hots play and then from 7-11pm Tim Britt will take the stage.

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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. In preparing for the patio bar season and their frozen drink specials, they have a new frozen drink machine to keep the fruity frozen libations coming quicker and longer throughout the evening. This weekend along with thousands of beads being handed out- great tunes will be pumped out as well. Friday evening, starting at 6pm, Ade Adu will be crooning and showing off his guitar skills until the Junior Bacchus Ball

begins 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 $30 advanced and $35 at the door and can be purchased through the Chamber of Commerce. Saturday the ever-popular Party Squad will be rocking the late afternoon crowd through the early evening. The dancing will commence again with the Madigan’s style party everyone loves to share. Sunday night the best singers in the world will be enjoying karaoke to close out the weekend.

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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

45 Martha Street Village Getaway! $238,800


8 E. Washington Village Stunner! $239,000

8472 Bailey Hill #9 11 Elk Creek Move in Now! Walk to VLG! Immaculate! $535,000 $429,000


P F204 Snowpine Ski In & Out - HV $190,000

32-34 W. Washington Commercial BLDG $499,900

5364 Route 242 E. EVL's Country Store! $219,000


P 6885 Springs Street Views, Views, Views! $320,000

21 Sun Up Walk to Dine & Shop! $75,000

6526 Donlen Drive Between HV & VLG $225,000

12 Dublin Terrace Classic Ellicottville! $239,000

12 Plum Creek Ski In & Out - HM $220,000

Tamarack Lodge Resort Living - HV 3 Units Available!

D! L SO 35 Sun Up Village "Chaletlier" $87,500

A201 Snowpine 6 Plum Stream HoliMont Ski In & Out Slopeside Holiday Valley $181,500 $165,000

Winter Carnival : March 11th & 12th, 2017 : Holiday Valley Resort

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Alpine Title Win

NYSPHSAA Alpine State Title Awarded to Ellicottville Alpine Ski Team

The dynamic duo, twins Hayly and Logan Fredrickson with coach and dad, Kelly Fredrickson. The girls were one teammate short and still managed to win the Alpine Girl’s State Title for the Ellicottville Ski Team.

By Anna Hagley Once a year, several schools come together on one mountain to compete in the NYSPHSAA Skiing Championships. This twoday event ends with only one team receiving the honor of the state title, and this year, the Ellicottville Girls Alpine Ski Team came out on top. Not only did they win the title, but they did it being one team member short, leaving only twin 8th grade sisters to represent their team and participate. This year’s event was held at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, and has been held there and at White Face Mountain for more than a decade, in which over 125 athletes from various geographic sections of the state come together for a chance at the state title. In fact, there are 11 sections divided geographically in the state. Ellicottville Central School has had an Alpine ski team

for the past 5 years. Dennis Obrien, head of the Ski Racing Program for NYS, states that Mark Ward, Ellicottville Superintendent, has been a big proponent of supporting, and getting a ski team going. They are part of section six, the western-most athletic section of NYS. Within each geographic section there can be more than one team, and each team works toward a nomination to the state championships. It goes without saying that much skill is needed to make it to this event and represent their geographic area or section. Obrien explained to The Villager that 7th and 8th graders must test to be eligible for these varsity ski teams, and states that “it’s quite a deal for Ellicottville… it was quite an honor” to win the title. Coach Kelly Fredrickson, who has coached the team since its start, spoke with the Villager. He explained that on their Alpine ski team

there are eight members, and that typically three members compete at state, however only two of them were able to participate in this year’s state title championships. While it isn’t necessarily unlikely that 8th graders would qualify to be part of the ski team or compete in this, winning the title and being one team member short of the norm, is quite an accomplishment. When asked if they expected to win, Coach Fredrickson shared that it was definitely not something they expected, going into the event with less than three athletes. He was quite surprised and proud of his team. Even more exciting to him, and what gives him true joy, is that these two team members happen to be his daughters, Hayly and Logan Fredrickson. The twin girls have been skiing since they were 5 years old, walking in the footsteps of Fredrickson, who has also been skiing since he was a child, and finds great enjoyment in being able to pass his knowledge on to his children. In true Ellicottville fashion, the community is incredibly proud and supportive of the school as a whole and these athletes, as so many school districts, talented students and deserving athletes participate in the athletic competition each year. This display of not giving up, even when you may be “one man short,” is a true representation of sticking to your commitments, believing in yourself and harnessing your potential. The Villager Newspaper congratulates you for a job well done.

Annual Maple Weekends Maple Weekends in New York, March 18-26

New Ownership, Same Friendly Faces!

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What better way to spend a day with family and friends at the 21st Annual Maple Weekend™ on March 1819 and March 25-26, 2017 from 10am-4pm each day presented by the New York State Maple Producers Association.  About 110 maple producers across New York will be hosting open houses for the public to see

how maple syrup and other related products are made. This family-oriented event is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Admission is free.  Maple weekends take place regardless of the weather, so please dress accordingly for your visit. Stop by some of our local producers who are part of the

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maple weekend: Boberg’s Maple - Open Sat, Sun both Maple Weekends 2298 Edmunds Rd., Cattaraugus, NY 716-492-3789. Come visit their sugarhouse and see maple sugaring in action. You can taste samples of the maple products they make. They will have various maple products for sale. Maple Glen Sugar House - Open Sat, Sun both Maple Weekends. Additional weekend tours available in March via reservation. 2266 Gowanda Zoar Road, Gowanda, NY  716-532-5483. w w w. M a p l e G l e n S y r u p . com. You’re invited to try their famous maple hot dogs and tour the new Sugar House.  The sugar house tour starts at ground level. The top floor overlooks the evaporator under a large See MAPLE page B5

Dekdebrun Retiring

March 9 - 15, 2017

Greg Dekdebrun to Take on Advisor Roll in the Interim

d that when he arrived the s town was primarily known r for skiing. He claims to o be the first person to have e dubbed Ellicottville the e “Aspen of the East.” “We y have two fabulous ski areas y that have grown over time,” r he tells me. Snowboarding g brought a new energy to m the sport. “It’s another way , to slide down a hill,” he . says, and adds, “it brought d younger people into the n sport.” The deep sidecut y to the snowboards lead , to an evolution of sidecut s Greg Dekdebrun in the Curly’s Snowboard section skis. Those new skis made s of Dekdebrun’s. the sport easier to learn. f Dekdebrun says it used to Story and Photo for the sale is by reducing take several days of lessons , By John Thomas stock; he can also reduce to have beginners coming e Staff Writer the price of the store. And, down the slopes. “Now m as is normal for ski store people are coming down the s “I want to set the record operations, they must make hill in one day.” n straight; the store is not room for the new inventory Time has evolved to the s closing.” That was the which has already been point where selling the y first thing Greg Dekdebrun ordered. He says he wants store is the best alternative. n said when we talked on to see the level of customer Dekdebrun says the store , Tuesday. But, he did admit service they have provided has been able to create many g the large signs festooning continue with the new loyal customers and wants s the outside of the store owners. “I want to bring to be sure they find the same e saying, “retirement sale” someone in here and make level of service with the new o have caused a bit of sure they are successful.” owners. Dekdebrun says he confusion. He went on to Dekdebrun’s was first will want the purchasers to , say he has put the store up opened by his father in “continue the same standards y for sale but emphasized it Buffalo in 1946. The and principals I’ve used over e will stay in operation. Mr. Ellicottville store was the years.” When thinking e Dekdebrun said he is in opened in 1961, and in of the gratitude many of his l negotiations with multiple 1986 Greg bought his longtime customers have s potential buyers. Part of father out. Over the years, expressed to him, he says, s those negotiations include he has seen many changes, “It’s made me appreciate c Dekdebrun staying on part both in the town and in the what we’ve accomplished . time to act as an advisor to sport. “Ellicottville has over the years, and I want to g the new owners. The reason changed,” he says, noting see that continue.” e e Shack each March through gallons of pure maple syrup o April. Their 4000-tap maple each year. They will serve g operation uses tubing and jack wax (sugar on snow) g man-made vacuum. They throughout the day. Cont. From B4 r use a reverse osmosis unit, Sprague’s Maple Farms s a steam-away, and a high Open Sat, Sun both Maple cathedral ceiling. The oil- efficiency oil-fired arch. Weekends. NOTE - These fired evaporator, reverse Connected to the sugar events are offered every osmosis machine, filter press shack is the pancake house weekend in March at and stainless tanks are all where you can get an “all- Sprague’s.1048 Portville-Obi under one roof.  Weekend you-can eat” buttermilk Rd., Portville, 716-933-6637 demonstrations include how pancake breakfast. They will www.SpraguesMapleFarms. maple syrup, maple cream, be offering samples of their com. Year-round, full service smaple popcorn and maple maple products and, weather restaurant, featuring breakfast permitting, you can catch a all day and many other menu hsugar candy are made.  8Visiting Maple Glen will wagon ride to the sugarbush. selections which include their Wright Farms, Inc. - 100% pure maple syrup. ,surely be one of your most etalked about and remembered Open Sat, Sun both Maple Maple production tours Weekends 9136 Laidlaw Rd., and demonstrations in both dstops on Maple Weekend. . Moore’s Maple Shack & Farmersville, 716-474-7474. authentic old-fashioned sugar ePancake House - Open Sat, WrightFarmsMapleSyrup. house and state-of-the-art Family-owned production facility. Wagon .Sun both Maple Weekends.  com. eAdditional hours throughout Wright Farms has been in rides to the sugarhouse for March and April for the business since 1840, with tastings, maple cake donuts, ePancake House include five generations of Wrights maple cotton candy, and sugar eMarch 1- April 16th: Tues- producing maple syrup and on snow. Gift shop featuring lFri from 9am to 6pm, Sat & maple products on the farm. all their maple products, a eSun from 8am to 6pm. 10444 Currently there are over 8000 large variety of country gift .Galen Hill Rd., Freedom, taps. A modern sugarhouse items, and Sprague’s Maple ,NY  716-492-2714. www. containing a 6x16 wood fired Farm gift cards for use in the The evaporator with an energy restaurant and gift shop. Moore family opens their saving steamaway system is For more info visit http:// Pancake House and Sugar used to produce 1100 to 1300 y s r e .  e e Copper Enamel Class – March 9th from 6-8 pm. - Call the library to register and/


Copper Enamel Class

or for more information. Cost - $5.00

Winter Carnival : March 11th & 12th, 2017 : Holiday Valley Resort

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vieWs froM the villaGe Scenes From Last Years Mardi Gras Weekend!

Photos By John Thomas

FOOD, FUN & FAMILY Always a VIP @ Finnerty’s Stop In Today and Check Out Our New Menu!

Featuring Chef Dave’s Internationally Inspired Creations! Menu Features: Sandwiches, Burgers, Small Plate Options, Soups & Salads! Late Night Menu Including: Chicken wings, Chicken Fingers, Mini Roast Beef Sandwiches & More!

Friday’s Are Your Days! • Fish Fry Fridays

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• Live Music: The Red Hots

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In March we are celebrating our Irish Heritage all month long!

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