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June 18-24, 2009 Volume 04 ~ Issue 25 A FREE Weekly Publication Serving Ellicottville and Surrounding Communities
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Architectural Digest Of Ellicottville

Our Local Centenarians Have Their Own Slant on Style

This week’s Architectural Digest focuses on three remarkable women in our area. Each of their homes is sided with clapboard, painted white, and scrupulously well maintained
- and while they may lack the flash of 21st century homes (vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, berber carpeting and the like) you can see a different kind of beauty in them that
celebrates simple homespun pleasures and honors cherished mementos from the owner’s life. Pictured left to right: Florence Higgins’ window, dining room with caned chairs
and light fixture. At right: Esther Westendorf in front of her home.
BY ANNE LONDON It is interesting to note that offers a gracious entryway and honors cherished the road near a cheese factory as dental assistant in the
each has enjoyed a long and presumably to let visitors mementos from the owner’s at the intersection where Kent practices of both Doctors D.
With Women’s Weekend upon successful professional career know that nice people (or one life. Road makes a loopy turn onto C. and Wilbur Northrup above
us, I trust you will allow me in an era when most women’s nice person anyway) lives Let me tell you about Hencoop. Fixed in her memory today’s M&T Bank. Her
the indulgence of writing for a job title was simply housewife inside. Each of their homes is Florence Higgins. She’s a spry are the winters (she thinks it current house was purchased
change about three remarkable – and that each is as sharp as sided with clapboard, painted little lady who turned 100 last was colder then) when she with husband Bill, a local
women I’ve met while a new penny, flashing smiles white, and scrupulously January and has the mind of an walked to school on unplowed ‘shovel operator’ (I think that
researching homes for my like those of bright eyed youth well maintained - and while 18-year-old. She tends her own roads through snow so deep means excavator) in 1957.
Architectural Digest column. who view the world around they may lack the flash of garden and keeps house for she couldn’t see the tops of This house is reputed to be
Two of them turned 100 in the them as being full of wonder 21st century homes (vaulted herself on a corner that looks fence posts along the way. 200 years old and is filled with
past year; one is a youngster of and unlimited possibilities. ceilings, recessed lighting, out on Maples Square (that’s Eventually, Florence moved gems like an elegant ceiling
only 94 – all do quite nicely, There is commonality in berber carpeting and the like) what she calls the intersection to Ellicottville where she light fixture that once hung in
thank you, living in their own their homes as well. Even you can see a different kind of where Maples Road makes a lived on ‘Pengilly Hill’ in the the Gowanda Hotel as well as
homes and managing their by today’s standards, each is beauty in them that celebrates 90 degree turn toward Otto). Northrup family’s Elizabeth
rather substantial properties. spacious, well designed, and simple homespun pleasures She was born a mile or so down Street house while she worked SEE HOME PAGE B-2

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Day Trippin’
New Installation: Venture Out to Griffis Sculpture Park this Saturday
architecture and the industrial
forms of Buffalo, NY where he
lives and works.
In the Griifis Sculpture Park
exhibition, Hibbard will show
eight major pieces from the
past three years. They show the
range of his work and include
both monumental towers and
horizontally-based pieces.
Hibbard has exhibited his
sculptures in many group
Obstetrics and Gynecology exhibitions including two
Area Artist Exhibitions at
the Albright-Knox Gallery,
Delivering the Best to Western New York Buffalo, Diane DeBilzan
Gallery, Laguna Beach, Calif.
J. Kevin Fitzpatrick, M.D. Ilene Alt, N.R. Michael Joseph Hibbard’s sculptures are massive structures, and the NCECA Exhibition at
often reaching over 10 feet high. They are made from angular
facets of welded sheet metal and recycled material such as the Pittsburgh Center for the
Emily F. Williams, M.D. Elaine Pazik, N.P. Arts. Hibbard’s work is part
shredded tires and plastic bottles.
Emmekunla Nylander, M.D. Bridget Burruano, of many corporate collections.
BUFFALO - Michael Joseph Michael Joseph Hibbard’s He received his BS degree in
P.A. Ceramic Design from Buffalo
Hibbard will exhibit his large- sculptures are massive
Rosann Lana, M.D. Wendy Zitzka, C.N.M. scale metal sculptures this June structures, often reaching over State College in 2007.
in two outdoor exhibitions. 10 feet high. They are made The Griffis Sculpture Park
Lisa Gelman-Koessler, M.D. exhibition is sponsored by the
A solo exhibition of eight from angular facets of welded

(716) 712-0862 works by Hibbard will be held

at Griffis Sculpture Park in
Ashford Hollow, New York,
sheet metal and recycled
material such as shredded tires
and plastic bottles. Hibbard
Ashford Hollow Foundation,
Modern Corporation, and Metro
Environmental. For information
with an opening reception paints his sculptures, at times contact
held this Saturday, June 20 at in a single bold hue, but more or call 716-667-2808. The
2pm. The exhibition will run often in two colors to emphasize Heckscher Park installation
through October 31, 2009. An individual planes. is sponsored by the Town of
installation of four of Hibbard’s While made from welded Huntington, NY.
pieces, along with a work by metal, the sculptures have a For further information
Luisa Caldwell, is now open lively sense of movement, contact Michael Joseph Hibbard
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A mile or two west of
Florence Higgins, you’ll find the 95-acre former dairy farm
of Esther Westendorf. Esther,
a mere 94 years old, was born
on the property in the same
house where she lives today. Esther’s property traces its roots to the days the Holland
After earning her degree at the Land Company sold land near Ellicottville that was plotted
SUNY college in Plattsburg in large sections; the Westendorf property, immense as it
and teaching elsewhere in seems, was one of the smaller tracts, just one-quarter of
a section in size.
New York, Esther returned
to become the schoolmarm Westendorf property are, to a buggy to take the family
of a one room schoolhouse like the house, historic and to Sunday school and used a
here on California Hill Road. marvelously well preserved. bobsled when the snow was
Esther’s property traces its There is a large dairy barn that too deep for her to walk the
roots to the days the Holland was the granddaddy of many mile to school.
Land Company sold land near sturdy barns built around Medora’s home is older
Ellicottville that was plotted in Cattaraugus County, while than she is. Though the 40
large sections; the Westendorf other buildings like the milk acres on which it stands were
property, immense as it seems, house and the carriage house undoubtedly used as farmland,
was one of the smaller tracts, are set into the landscape in the house is more of a salt box
just one-quarter of a section in a way that makes an ordinary style which fits right in among
size. photograph of them look like a the attractive newer homes
Around the 1850s, when the Grandma Moses painting. that line Medora’s country
“Serving the Twin Tiers for 20 Years railroad served Little Valley but
no trains ran to the county seat
On to Cattaraugus, another
lovely Centenarian (born
Thinking about these women
with Sizzlin’ Country!” in Ellicottville, it is believed
that a short stagecoach line
February 10, 1909) and another
lovely home. This is Medora
led my mind back to the time
when I was encouraging my
linked the communities and Ball, whose career spanned mother to leave her home in
Esther’s home served as many years as a Registered Ohio and move in with me.
a rest stop along the way. Nurse at Children’s Hospital She hesitated because she felt
Nowadays, the main room of Buffalo while she also cared that Ellicottville was just for
where travelers presumably for her husband, Ellis Ball, ski-minded 30-somethings and
stretched their legs is a cozy who suffered severe injuries that she, in her 90s, would not
kitchen full of cheerful flowers while fighting in World War I. fit in. Little did she realize that
that Esther nurtures to dress up Like Florence, Medora our carefree little community
the curious wavy glass paned remembers the difficulties she was settled by fearless men
windows and the inviting front had as a child getting around and indomitable women and
door entranceway. in the wintertime. She says that many of them are still
The outbuldings on the her father hitched up horses around to inspire us.

Medora Ball’s home is older than she is. Though the 40 acres on which it stands were
undoubtedly used as farmland, the house is more of a salt box style which fits right in
among the attractive newer homes that line Medora’s country road.

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Olean, NY 14760 (800) 877-9749 Florence Higgins is a spry little lady who turned 100 last January and has the mind of
an 18-year-old. She tends her own garden and keeps house for herself on a corner that
looks out on Maples Square (that’s what she calls the intersection where Maples Road
makes a 90 degree turn toward Otto).


June 18-24, 2009 ~ The Villager ~ Page B-3

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to South America and has been personality who introduced the as a decadent chocolate cake,
cultivated for thousands of French cuisine and cooking always remember if you put
years. Fermented, dried, cleaned techniques to the American love into it, you’ll be creating
and roasted to expose the nibs, culture. One who was very more than just great food. Today’s Hot Music Mix.
This Week’s Recipe: Chocolate Decadence Cake Playing the largest variety
INGREDIENTS: of music from the 70’s,
12 ounces semi-sweet 80’s, 90’s and today.
chocolate chips
4 (1 ounce) squares
unsweetened chocolate
1 ½ cups melted butter
1 ¾ cups white sugar
½ cup water
7 eggs
2 cups whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
F (175 degrees C). Grease a
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Chop chocolate squares and
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Do you worry about an
cups sugar in a saucepan until
boiling, and then pour over
chocolate. Stir until smooth.
older adult in your family
In a separate bowl, whip eggs
with remaining 1/4 cup sugar or community?
until thick. Fold into chocolate
mixture. Pour batter into a 10- Someone who:
inch pan. Place 10-inch pan - is frail or needs assistance with daily activities?
on a cookie sheet in the oven - is struggling to take care of himself/herself?
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(175 degrees C) for 40 to 50
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Tanya prides herself on being a vegetarian and a healthy - seeks a solution tailored to individual needs
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hours. Be extremely careful chocolates. This chocolate decadence cake is her favorite.
not to burn yourself on the hot
water when removing the sheet FOR GANACHE GLAZE:
pan from the oven. Dip the pan 2 ½ cups heavy cream
in hot water to remove cooled 20 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened),
cake. Garnish with whipped finely chopped in a food processor
cream and fresh raspberries
dipped in chocolate. Enjoy! METHOD FOR GANACHE:
Bring cream to a simmer in a 3- to 4-quart saucepan and
Lukas Tremblay is an remove from heat. Whisk in chocolate until smooth. Transfer
aspiring Chef and writer. He ganache to a bowl and chill, covered, stirring occasionally, until
Now there is a choice:
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Restaurant Applications for this Year’s Taste of Olean Now Available
OLEAN - Restaurant restaurants to participate in the Campus in Olean. Olean Theatre safe and secure in your home and community.
applications for this year’s Taste,” stated Meme Krahe Workshop will be hosting a
Taste of Olean are now being Yanetsko, GOACC Business Taste of Talent showcasing
accepted. Over 65 restaurants
in the greater Olean area have
Services Director. “The Taste
Committee have also invited
local talent entertainment. The
Olean Family YMCA will bring For more information, call us today at
been mailed applications for ethnic groups to prepare their their inflatables for the younger
the 19th Annual Taste of Olean
scheduled for July 26, 2009 from
ethnic dishes as a new part of the
crowd to enjoy.
The third annual Hospitality
11am-5pm on the Cattaraugus For the ‘Tastes’ segment Wall of Fame will be awarded at
County Campus of Jamestown of the event, the committee the Taste. The Hospitality Wall
Community College. The Taste is encouraging restaurants to of Fame recognizes individuals
Of Olean is co-sponsored by the present “tastes” of foods, not and/or businesses who have
Greater Olean Area Chamber whole meals or sandwiches - made a significant contribution
of Commerce, its 38 Corporate smaller portions with affordable and given exceptional service
Sponsors, and National Grid Co. costs between 50 cents and to the food service/hospitality
For restaurants to qualify, they $3.50. industry in the past and who
must be a public eating-place The Taste committee will may continue to do so.
whose primary commercial include additional activities The cost for a restaurant to vend
function is to serve food on a and entertainment to draw at the Taste of Olean is $100 for
retail basis, offers seating at more people to the fun filled GOACC Members and $150 for
the principle place of business event. The Cattaraugus County non-GOACC members. There
and is open year round in the Arts Council is currently is also a small portion of ticket
greater Olean area. Regional accepting applications from sales for event expenses.
and specialty foods, if interested regional artists to participate For more information on the
in participating, will need in the 60th Annual Art in the Taste of Olean, call Greater
to be approved by the Taste Park celebration, to be held in Olean Area Chamber of
committee. conjunction with Taste of Olean Commerce at 716-372-4433 or
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I hope you found this topic to be both interesting and informative. With the wide number of properties on the market, many buyers “silly season” and, as far as an afternoon bike ride. I was guess it’s a money thing.
are taking their time when making a purchasing decision. Making appropriate improvements and the proper staging can make the
difference when competing for buyers. I have a successful track record of assisting sellers to prepare their homes for sale. Contact our little town’s bread and wearing what I always wear Why do we allow ourselves
me at (716) 474-5646. I will arrange an initial meeting. Learn how I have earned a superior reputation. butter is concerned, it still when a group of middle aged to get suckered into believing
HINT: Sellers’ agents are increasingly conducting “extended showings” for serious buyers with the intention
of getting beyond first impressions and revealing the true nature and comfort levels of the homes they are marketing. is. However, after a few men dressed like futuristic that we need to write a check
blessedly nice weekends in astronauts passed me in the every time we go for a walk
a row, I’m beginning to have street and each and every one or a ride? Get up and go. It’s
second thoughts. Not, I might of them looked at me like I as simple as that. During my p
Andree McRae Lic. Associate Broker add, because of the volume
of business we’re doing, but,
had cucumbers growing out of
my ears. I thought this was a
little ride a few years ago one
of the things I noticed was
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summer. I’ve also decided motorcycle gas tanks. more than I had to accessorize
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months I began to take
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I wasn’t pedaling any faster
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Ellicottville, NY 14731 rampant “costuming” of wearing. The bicyclists had lot more comfortable in my
America began a few years spandex shorts and special Nike’s and cargo shorts. If
back in some out of the way, shirts emblazoned with it hadn’t been for my lungs

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A few stuffily dressed execs
were sitting around their office
advertisements as if someone
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their little rides. They had
being full of smoke, I could W
have ridden with them all day. L
Not that they’d want me. W
Ellicottville Otto Great Valley Great Valley brainstorming new ideas special shoes that actually So yeah. I’m in the wrong
concerning the company’s attached to little pegs where line of work. I think I’m going
dwindling sporting goods the pedals were supposed to to start to try to come up with
account when a miracle be and their helmets were a list of activities that haven’t
happened. The past couple something extra special. I already been corrupted by the
of years had been pretty saw people in cars wearing fashion police so I can corrupt
tough for our imaginary little driving gloves and runners them myself. The sillier the
company. Fewer and fewer wearing special hats and better. Maybe I’ll start with
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June 18-24, 2009 ~ The Villager ~ Page B-5

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