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Approximately thirty breweries and close to twenty wineries are expected to appear at this Saturday’s Beer and Wine Festival at Holiday Valley, inviting everyone to sample their wares. Pre-sale tickets are $35 ($40 at the door) and are available through Friday at Holiday Valley, EBC and Wegmans. Tickets include a $5 food voucher and a commemorative glass for tasting. Photos/Gary Kinn

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A stroll around the Internet will reveal the presence of dedicated fans of micro brews. All kinds of interesting-sounding beer names will pop up, and many of these small American breweries will be attending the 6th annual Holiday

Valley Beer and Wine Festival this Saturday, November 14. About thirty breweries and close to twenty wineries are expected, inviting everyone to sample their wares and have a good time. Establishments on the list include the Middle Ages Brewing Company of Syracuse, which describes itself as “a British style real ale brewery.” Venture into

the Town of Garrattsville, not far from Cooperstown, and you will find Butternuts Beer and Ale, home of Porkslap Pale Ale. The bellybouncing pigs on the label indicate, according to the brewer’s website, an “approachable beer for common men and women.” From Vermont’s ski country, Otter Creek Brewing of Middlebury is rolling out their

Raspberry Brown Winter Ale. Closer to home, Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo is promoting their seasonal brew called Horace’s Private Stock. Visitors can expect to sample plenty of winter ales and brewery standbys. Wine lovers are also in luck. Festival see Beer page 3

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‘American Deal,’ a Musical by Tom Naples, Takes Stage at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre in Buffalo
By Jeanine Zimmer Tom Naples is a Western New York historian and musician. To prepare for his newest endeavor as playwright, Naples moved from his home in Buffalo, NY to reside temporarily in Ellicotttville where he was to concentrate on the worldpremier of American Deal, a musical depicting the Great Depression in America which he co-wrote with Road Less Traveled Productions’ resident playwright and winner of Best Playwright in the past three Artvoice Best Of Buffalo Polls, Jon Elston. After Naples’ earmarked 6-week rendezvous in Ellicottville had passed, he realized he had fallen in love with the area and decided to stay. He bought a home here in September. “I love the way the clouds come into the mountains,”

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reflected Naples. “Ellicottville is a place you can party and have fun, but it is also a place where you can be alone to reflect and work.” For the next two weekends, you can catch Naples’ work in production see musiCaL page 2

Sneak Peek
In This Issue . . .

Village Installs New Snowflakes
Residents Attend Monday’s Village Board Meeting to Discuss Holiday Lighting

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By Anne London Most developers just build houses and leave it go at that. Mike Incorvaia is a developer whose motivation is a little more layered. His buildings stand as extensions of his passion for the amazing world we live in and his concerns are as much about the trees, streams, flowers and distant vistas in and around his development as they are about the homes’ fireplaces, Jacuzzi bathrooms and up-to-the-minute kitchens.

The Ellicottville Village Board unveiled their new LED Snowflakes at the start of Monday’s board meeting. A DPW employee had constructed the snowflakes by copying one purchased earlier in the year by the board. Earlier this week, the DPW installed the snowflakes on the light posts down Washington and Monroe Streets. Mayor Charles Coolidge also explained to those in attendance at Monday’s meeting that lights will again be placed on the trees downtown, however, in smaller numbers. Photos/Gary Kinn

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By John Thomas Everyone has a passion in life, but many people spend many years finding it. A lucky few find their passion relatively early in their career. Cattaraugus County native Mike Depue went to work for Michael Skurnik Wines, a company that represents wines from all over the world. But after traveling to so many exotic locations, Mike still enjoys a chance to come into town. “I go to Ellicottville for recreation and fun, because it’s near where I grew up.” This Saturday he will be at the Beer and Wine Festival at Holiday Valley showing wines that he represents.

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Ellicottville’s Village Board held their regular monthly meeting this past Monday, Nov. 9. The board unveiled their new LED Snowflakes at the start of the meeting. A DPW employee had constructed the snowflakes by copying one purchased earlier in the year by the board. Earlier this week, the DPW installed the snowflakes on the light posts down Washington and Monroe Streets. A number of residents and business owners raised concern about the Village Board’s plan to cut back on

the number of lights that they will display in village trees. Mayor Charles Coolidge said that last year the Village placed up to three strands of lights on the small trees, and up to 12 strands on the large trees; this year’s plans call for one strand on small trees and three on the large trees. Many of those in attendance felt the lights create a “winter wonderland” effect that brings attention to the village from those outside the community. Others suggested that more snowflakes of different types and sizes should hang around the

village. Coolidge said that the plan to cut back on lights is a safety issue. “It is the board’s job to protect residents.” He added that last year the number of lights plugged into the outlets caused blown fuses, burnt electrical cords and a minor electrical fire. The new plan is to have no more than three strands of lights connected to each outlet. In response to questions about why the Village hasn’t switched over to LED style lights, the mayor said that the Village Board would like to see LigHts page 3

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he was the manager of Forbush Lumber, Salamanca, New York. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish where he served as a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister, Catholic Charities Chairman, Mr. & Mrs. Club, the Salamanca Zoning Board, the former Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1025, he enjoyed Bowling & Pool Leagues, and he supported many charities. Surviving besides his wife are a son: Joseph W. Thompson of Salamanca, New York; 2 brothers: Frederick (Gail) Thompson of Little Valley, New York and Edward (Shellie) Thompson of Carrollton, New York; and several nieces and

nephews. Funeral arrangements under the direction of O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, November 9, 2009 at 10am in Our Lady of Peace Parish, Broad Street, Salamanca, New York with Rev. Patrick Melfi, pastor, as celebrant assisted by Deacon Michael Anderson. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Salamanca, New York. The family suggests memorials to the donor’s choice. E-condolences can be sent to john@orourke-orourke. com

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at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre in Buffalo. The musical has been running Fridays-Sundays since October Cont. from front page 30 and will end November 22. The text of the production was adapted from authentic letters written during the 1930’s, contemporary testimony from Americans who survived the Great Depression, and real quotes from Woody Guthrie and Frances Perkins. Likewise, the songs compiled for the musical are all focused on this piece of history in America as well and reflect the determination, optimism and humor of the time. Naples has spent the last three years focusing on the Great Depression and the music, stories and photography that American Deal, which Naples came from it. He has done co-wrote with Jon Elston, is a extensive work on the Great musical depicting the Great Depression at the Library of Depression in America. Congress, the FDR Library,


and the Smithsonian. He has interviewed many Depression and Dust Bowl survivors. In March of 2009, he wrote and directed the music to Buffalo State’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. He has also produced a CD titled, Whose Names Are Unknown, which is a collection of Depression era songs performed by a variety of current performers. Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP) is a professional theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new theatrical works by Western New York playwrights, as well as presentations of esteemed modern dramas of outstanding literary merit. RLTP is located in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center in the theater district of downtown Buffalo. For ticketing information call 716-852-50000 or visit www. roadlesstraveledproductions.org

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Cont. from front page organizers have invited wineries from California, New York, and Italy. The Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival took root in downtown Ellicottville in 1997, according to local brewmaster Peter Kreinheider, owner of Ellicottville Brewing Company. In search of a larger venue, the event moved to Holiday Valley a few years ago. The festival has grown over the years but is kept “manageable,” according to Kreinheider. “Most beer festivals are three or four thousand (in attendance), but we capped this one at two (thousand).” What was originally a brewer’s festival or social get-together became more of a “team effort” with support from Holiday Valley, Boston Culinary Group, and Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, NY. Southern Tier Brewery co-founder Phin DeMink is a busy man this weekend. The business, which began beer distribution in 2004, is in the process of closing down and moving to a new location near the original site. They’ll be offering a final day of tours on Saturday as they tear down equipment and set up a new brewery, which will continue to offer a tasting room. They plan to offer more


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One of the highlights of the weekend is an auction to benefit the Ellicottville Memorial Library, which is expected to raise approximately $1,200. Other proceeds from the festival benefit the New York State Brewers Association, which promotes the interests of breweries and pubs on the state level.

taps, including a few guest taps. Holiday Valley chef Tim Brushingham will prepare a five-course beer tasting dinner Friday night at the main chalet. According to Kreinheider, “We keep some of our specialty beers hidden away during the year just for this event.” The festival itself runs on Saturday from 3:30-7:30pm at Yodeler Lodge. “Afterwards, people come downtown and have fun. There’s music in the air, and we try and get all of the bars to feature the brewers who are in town for the weekend. The festival kind of marks the end of the summer/fall season.” One of the highlights of the

weekend is an auction to benefit the Ellicottville Memorial Library, which is expected to raise approximately $1,200. Other proceeds from the festival benefit the New York State Brewers Association, which promotes the interests of breweries and pubs on the state level. Tickets for the Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival are available at Holiday Valley, the Ellicottville Brewing Company, and Wegmans. Presale tickets are $35, or $40 at the door, and include a $5 food voucher and a commemorative glass for tasting. Details can be found online at www. holidayvalley.com

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Cont. from front page make the switch, since they could install up to 80 strands of lights in one outlet safely and with a much lower electric bill. He added, however, that the Village just does not have the funds budgeted for LED lights this year. The yearly electrical costs for the lights are about $5,000, and the combined costs for the conventional lights, installation and maintenance is about $1,500 a year. Residents suggested possibly starting a fundraiser, or asking the Chamber of Commerce if they could help cover costs. Coolidge said he would be willing to give a breakdown of costs for the LED lights and Snowflakes to people who wish to begin a fundraiser or decorate their own stores. The DPW plans to install the lights over the next couple of weeks. The board discussed the planned agreement between the Village and the Town of Mansfield over HoliMont’s plan to install and connect a sewer system with the Village’s system. Trustee Bob Kaine voiced concern that the project might just linger, and that work would not begin for a number of years. A representative from HoliMont said the plans are to begin construction once they sell most of the first group of houses, and that the project could be finished within six years. The other major concern board members expressed was the timeframe for beginning of payments to the Village. The tentative agreement calls for a payment of $550,000 over five years, with the first payment being made just prior to PLAT approval. The present plan calls for 225 hookups at $1,750 per connection, though the costs are linked to the yearly rates in which the sewers are connected and therefore could increase or decrease. The initial agreement called for this to occur within one year, or the Village could opt out of the agreement. Coolidge said he would like a longer period, in case the DEC requires the Village to finish their nitrification project before they can connect the systems. The board decided to have Village attorney Bob Simon work over the wording of the contract for next month, to guarantee the fairest contract for all members involved. Howard Morton presented the board with the DPW Report, noting that his crews had picked up leaves and brush from around the village, repaired bad spots in the village


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streets as needed, repaired a leaf blower, and removed and stored benches from Main Street. The DPW installed part of a new gutter on Mill Street, and has almost finished closing down the park for winter. His crews also hauled concrete blocks to the new salt barn and began construction of the building. Morton said OSHA visited his department, and said his crews must be trained to work in confined spaces. He said that the training is free, after he finalizes some paperwork. Morton informed the board that he met with FEMA, and that the organization has agreed to cover 87% of the cleanup and repair costs caused by this summer’s rainstorm after receiving finalized paperwork. The board accepted the DPW Report. Constable Howard Gifford presented the board with his report for the month of October. He said there was one verbal domestic argument with no charges pressed, and Village and Town police departments responded to one alarm call jointly. He added that the Town police department answered four alarm calls while he was on vacation. The Village forces issued 12 parking tickets, and received $50 in fines. Gifford said he spent three hours teaching children bicycle safety for the Cub Scouts’ Bicycle Rodeo, assisted with the Children’s Halloween Parade, and worked traffic detail for a bicycle race through the village. The board accepted the Constable’s Report. Village Engineer Mike Smith informed the board that Aqua Logistics programmed the sewer pumps to restart after a failure, and that they tuned pump 1 to prevent it from pulsating. He said the crews cleaned the wet well, installed insulation panels for the UV tanks and plugged off a pipe in manhole 545 on Donlen Drive. The crews also performed a number of dig requests around the village, ran the pumps at the pump station, performed all regular maintenance and switched over to winter operating procedures. Smith informed the board that he sent the Village’s application to the Rural Development Fund. The application is asking for funds to offset the cost of the state mandated improvements to their wastewater treatment plant. He said he hopes to have a reply by next month. Board members expressed concern that construction at 26 Elizabeth Street may have went forward without approval by the Planning Board. The board briefly discussed the possibility of imposing fines on people who do not get

approval for their projects, and the possibility of increasing the cost of permit fees. The board took no action on these issues. The board accepted the Zoning, Engineer’s and Building Inspector’s Reports. Trustee Patra Lowes said that she received applications for the Christmas in Ellicottville and Christmas Stroll at the end of October, well short of the 90 days prior notice the Special Events Committee requests for applications. The board discussed the proposed horse parade that the planners of the Christmas in Ellicottville mentioned in their application. Coolidge said that he has no desire to close down Washington Street for the horse parade, and the board voted down having the parade. The board agreed to send a letter to the Chamber of Commerce informing them of their decision, and set a meeting of the Special Events Committee for 8am on Thursday, Nov. 12 to discuss other aspects of the applications. Concerns were raised about detour routes used during special events. The board was informed that low tree limbs on the side streets might have damaged mobile homes and tractor-trailers. The board agreed to look into the matter. The board accepted the Special Events Report. Trustee Bob Brogcinski presented the board with a plan to move some funds from the Village’s checking account into HSBC’s money market savings account. He said the new account is government backed, with collateral between 105 and 110% possible. Brogcinski said the fund offers the Village better bid amounts, and will pay half-apercent interest that, while low, is still better than the current zero percent they receive. The board passed a motion allowing the mayor to sign the necessary paperwork to open the account. The board discussed the new health insurance plan, which allows Village employees to buy their own insurance from Independent Health, and then the Village would reimburse them. The board approved the plan. Coolidge informed the board members that the sales tax refund to the Village for the second quarter was about $97,000, down about $9,000 from last year. He added that, after checking into some unknown claims, the Village paid all of its bills reported at the last meeting. The board accepted the Treasurer’s Report, and agreed to pay all bills. The next Village Board meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at 6:30pm.

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down Jefferson Street (Friday and Saturday). The Wingate by Wyndham will offer photos with Santa, along with many fun and exciting, interactive children’s activities. Get into the holiday spirit with the sounds of The Seneca Junction Strolling Quartet as they saunter the downtown business district, or listen for caroling by the Ellicottville Central School Chorus and Four Effect Carolers. Keep your eye out for Jilly-Bean the Strolling Stilt Walker, and even a live reindeer! Other highlights of the weekend include kids cookie decorating at EBC, Christmas storytelling with Melanie Pritchard, ski movies behind the Gin Mill and Dekdebrun’s, and late night store hours at many of Ellicottville’s fine boutiques. Enjoy

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hot chocolate at Dina’s, a complimentary glass of wine (with dinner entrée) at The Barn, “Tom & Jerry’s” at the Silver Fox, and free chicken wings at Madigan’s. Featured presentations for the Christmas in Ellicottville weekend are the Holiday Horse Parade (Saturday at noon), Mike Randall’s “A Christmas Carol (Saturday at 7pm at St. Paul’s Church – tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the E’ville Library), and new this year: a Family Holiday Square Dance at the American Legion (Sunday from 2-4pm). There will be plenty of entertainment and exciting activities to keep the entire family busy during the Christmas in Ellicottville celebration! For a complete schedule and list of times, log onto www.ellicottvilleny.com

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The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the dates for all of the 2010 events. It is going to be another great year of festivals! Starting off the New Year is the Winter Blues Festival (Jan. 8-9, 2009), and as the ski season progresses, the annual Mardi Gras celebration (Mar. 13-14, pictured above left) swings in, filling both the village and the ski slopes with zany costumes and parades. Summertime offers many fun and exciting events, including Women’s Weekend (June 12-13), the Summer Festival of the Arts (July 2-4, pictured above right), Taste of Ellicottville (Aug. 7-8), the return of the International Bowhunting Organization World Championships (Aug. 11-14), and something just for kids – Children 1st Festival (Aug. 14). Oldies Weekend (Sept. 17-19) takes us into the Fall season, followed by Ellicottville’s biggest festival of the year, Fall Fest (Oct. 9-10). And as the season circles back around to wintertime, residents and visitors can look forward to enjoying yet another Christmas in Ellicottville (Nov. 26-29) and Christmas Strolll (Dec. 4). For complete details of each event please log onto www. ellicottvilleny.com and go to the events page.

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apartment in that “normally we don’t have neighbors that are this concerned.” Nonetheless, the board approved the special use permit, but stressed to Candino’s representative that nightly rentals and parking in the yard would not be tolerated. Next at the public hearing, Sprague Development heard from the board regarding the parking spaces on the west side of its new building, the current home of Coffee Culture and Subway, regarding the parking spaces next to Madigan’s. Board members questioned the Sprague representatives about the expansion of parking, and made it clear that they had concerns about the size of the parking spots and the fact that they needed a barrier between several of the spots and the doors to the building and the utility meters. The board asked the owner to install barriers. The representatives expressed frustration at the board’s “nitpicking of details” regarding the construction of the building. The board approved a motion for the special use permit, but with stipulations that the parking would be addressed. Michael Nickolson Construction’s home on 26 Elizabeth Street had its permit

The Ellicottville Village Planning Board met this past Tuesday evening. The proceedings began with a public hearing on two matters: Sprague Development’s proposal to establish seven apartment units on the second floor of its building on Washington Street and Paul Candino’s Special Use Permit for his home and accessory apartment at 9 Madison Street. Paul Candido’s home and recent build of an in-law apartment drew two letters to the board by concerned neighbors, Jonathan Miller and Mark Rivers. Miller expressed concern in this letter that the in-law apartment would be used for nightly rentals (which is currently not allowed in the village.) Rivers, in his letter to the board, “strongly objected” to the permit of the “careless out-of-town owner.” Additionally, two neighbors were present at the meeting who questioned the board as to “why a permit would be issued after the apartment had been built?” The board didn’t particularly have an answer to this except to say that the owners could be fined for a code violation. Board member Jack Kramer expressed concern about the

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OLEAN - The Santa Claus Lane Committee and Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off its lighting program fundraising campaign. Businesses and stores throughout Olean will sell Santa Claus Lane buttons and paper holiday bulbs for $1 each to their customers from now until mid-December. The buttons, which feature the holiday lights in Lincoln Park, and the red, green and yellow paper bulbs, symbolic of the real ones that adorn the city streets and parks, are available for customers to purchase. The fundraising is similar to what was done in 1986 when the original decorations were purchased. The former Olean Business Improvement Association (since merged with Olean Area Chamber of Commerce to create Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce) raised $81,137

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from 137 contributors to bring back the downtown decorations including 20 custom garlands, 59 growlite trees, 44 stars, two trees, a 15-foot Santa, and more. Olean businessman Louis Marra was credited as providing the impetus for the revival of Santa Claus Lane. Santa Claus Lane has come to mean more than just a parade and the night that the lights are turned on. It has become six weeks of “celebration and song” throughout our community. Sophisticated animation is now included in Lincoln Park, in downtown Olean, and people from all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania view the displays as they attend the numerous concerts and activities included in Santa Claus Lane. “All funds to purchase ornaments, new figurines, garland and even the electricity for the lighting come straight

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from the Chamber and its 38 corporate sponsors. Although this support is annual, the committee realizes that it needs to build its lighting fund for the continuing of future parades and lighting,” stated Joe McLarney, Santa Claus Lane committee chair. Several stores have signed on to sell and collect funds from the buttons and bulbs. Buttons: the City of Olean, McCarthy’s Emporium, Ray’s Hairstyling, Caya’s Canopies, ChuckWagon Restaurant, Green Acres, Jones Realty, Olean Creative Mailing, Paper Factory, Pepper & Crandall, Premier Banquet Center, Singer Sewing Center, Uptown Florist, WPIG/WHDL, WOEN/WMXO, and WXMT. Bulbs: Key Bank, Community Bank, Olean Area Federal Credit Union, and Five Star Bank. For more info, call GOACC at 716372-4433 or e-mail santa@ oleanny.com

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SALAMANCA - As part of this year’s Silver Bells in the City celebration in Salamanca, the MusicMakers will make a special appearance on the stage of the Ray Evans Seneca Theater. The performance, originally slated for Dec. 12, has been moved to Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7pm. The band will perform an array of Christmas tunes while honoring Salamanca’s native and Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans, for whom the theater is named, including “To Each His Own,” Golden Earrings,” “Buttons and Bows,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Silver Bells.” Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. To learn more about Silver Bells in the City, contact the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce at 945-2034 or visit their website at www.salamancachamber.org

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have lived in Cattaraugus County most of my life and I learned about so many different programs and resources that I never even knew existed. The Leadership Cattaraugus experience is one that I will always remember and the tools that I learned I will carry on in my professional and personal life for many years to come,” said Mark Moser of Employee Services. “When I committed to joining Leadership Cattaraugus class of 2007, my expectations were, I would meet new people and expand my contacts. I would enhance my leadership skill set and maybe understand the County I work and live in a little bit better. What I took away from Leadership Cattaraugus far exceeded my expectations. From day one, I was engaged in a relative topic that affects us all. The programs were interesting and allowed the group to be creative within their own presentation. I looked forward to the learning experience each month. It broadened my horizons in a fun, fast paced, ever changing environment. It started out like we were business associates, but when it ended … we were friends,” commented

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ST. BONAVENTURE - The dynamic Ethos Percussion Group will perform at 7:30pm on Thursday, Nov. 19 in the third concert of the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Ethos Percussion Group has inspired audiences throughout the United States since 1989 with its exceptional musicmaking and collective devotion to the world of percussion music. The group plays with “expert togetherness, sensitivity and zest,” raved the New York Times following a concert at Lincoln Center. The ensemble members are all accomplished solo artists whose distinctive musical perspectives combine to create Ethos’ diverse programming and performances. Equally at home in contemporary

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BRADFORD, Pa. - The Bradford Creative and Performing Arts presents the stars of TV’s “America’s Got Talent,” Nuttin’ But Stringz on Monday, Nov. 23 at 7:30pm at the Bromeley Family Theater in Pitt-Bradford’s Blaisdell Hall, BCPAC president Shane Oschman announced this week. American Refining Group is a BCPAC Benefactor for this event, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is a presenting sponsor. “We were fortunate to book the uniquely talented Escobar brothers - Tourie and Damien who make up Nuttin’ But

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Stringz - just as they’ve taken off nationally,” Oschman said. Runners-up in 2008’s “America’s Got Talent” competition, Nuttin’ But Stringz combines classical violin with pop, R&B and hiphop. “The Brothers Escobar have forged a powerful and new kind of entertainment merging Vivaldi and 50 Cent, DMX and Bach,” Oschman said. Younger brother Damien said, “We play our violins so hard and with such force that we destroy a bow a show!” They both attended the legendary Juilliard School of

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BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has started construction on several new projects, including a $5.42-million, 103-bed residence hall and 104-space parking lot. Even as it begins that housing project, construction is continuing on the Harriett B. Wick Chapel and the electrical service upgrade for the campus. “This is part and parcel of the continued transformation of our campus as we seek to accommodate our fastgrowing student population,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “All of the new facilities will reflect a consistent design and accentuate the beauty of the campus.” Preparation of the site for the new residence hall began this week after the project was approved by the University of Pittsburgh board of trustees on Oct. 30 and a key roadblock to construction was removed on Nov. 2, when the Pennsylvania

Pictured above is the site preparation that has begun for a new 104-bed residence hall at Pitt-Bradford. The project is expected to be completed by August of next summer.

Department of Environmental Protection gave the Bradford Sanitary Authority permission to add 45 equivalent dwelling units to its sewage treatment system. Of those, 33 are needed for the new residence hall. Rycon Construction Inc. is the general contractor for the building, which has an anticipated completion date of Aug. 15, 2010. The new residence hall, which will mirror ReedCoit House, will be built across from Fisher Hall in an existing parking lot. The new residence hall is being built to house more of the university’s burgeoning student population on campus. The university has experienced five consecutive years of record growth. This will be the third residence hall built during that period. To compensate for the parking spaces that have been lost to construction of the new residence hall, the campus is building a new parking lot at the end of Taylor Drive, which abuts campus. TEDCO

Construction Corp. of Carnegie was awarded the construction contract for $678,000. A new access road will connect the new parking lot with the west campus entrance road. Construction began last week on the road, and the lot should be available soon. Although the parking lot will initially have a crushed limestone surface, it will be paved next summer. The third active construction project on campus is that of the Harriett B. Wick Chapel. General contractor Carl E. Swanson & Sons Construction has completed 15 percent of the project, which should be ready by Sept. 1, 2010. The $2.5 million 150-seat chapel is being built on the west end of campus, facing the Tunungwant Creek. Meanwhile, a $2.5 million to $3 million upgrade of the university’s high-voltage electrical service is 80 percent complete and is expected to be completed by January. “When completed, this project is expected to significantly improve the reliability of the electrical supply and provide additional capacity for campus growth,” said Richard Esch, vice president for business affairs. The switchover to the upgraded campus infrastructure is scheduled for Nov. 25. Finally, the university has begun planning for the renovation of science labs and classrooms in Fisher Hall. The renovations will be performed in phases, beginning next spring. An initial meeting with design professional IKM Inc. of Pittsburgh was held last week.

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A self-described “troubadour guitar type player,” Steve Johnson said he always knew that he wanted music as his life. He started playing the guitar when he was about twelve, and started writing songs at around fifteen. “Between God and Bob Dylan - that’s where my inspiration comes from,” Johnson said. He listened to Dylan as a kid, and that’s partly what got him into the guitar and singing. “I wasn’t so good at singing as a kid and I was like, well, if he can do it, than anyone can,” he said. Johnson’s current band, The Steve Johnson Band, which is playing at the Beer and Wine Festival this Saturday at Holiday Valley, is a change from his first band, Big Leg Emma. Although the group includes some of the former members of Big Leg Emma, which played the venue in the past, the sound and focus are different. “I started it as an acoustic side project, so I wanted it really

stripped down and simplified,” Johnson said. The band – and its sound – has grown since its smaller beginnings. “I love playing slow and small, but I’ve got this yearning inside me to play really loud sometimes. Now we’re back to hitting it pretty rocking,” Johnson said. He sees the band continuing to grow in the future. “I have this big vision of full orchestration; I just want to keep building on it. Maybe someday I’ll get it, fill the sound inside my head,” he said. The band’s musical style draws on the diverse backgrounds of its members. Johnson’s background is folk, Amanda Barton on fiddle comes from the bluegrass tradition, keyboardist Steve Davis is strong in soul and gospel, and Daniel Witherspoon on the drums brings a West African tribal beat. The sounds meld together with Johnson’s spiritual lyrics. With such a variety of influences, the band draws a wide range of fans - “the hippies, the yuppies, and everybody in between,” Johnson said. He

enjoys sharing music with so many different types of people, both in their audience and their fellow musicians he said. The band has been touring nationally, playing venues such as Great Blue Heron Music Festival and opening for groups like Rusted Root. “I remember listening to them as a kid, and I never thought I’d be in the same realm as that,” Johnson said. Reaching this point with the band was “surprising, yet not surprising,” said Johnson. Johnson said the band decides on the songs they play based on the feeling and energy of the crowd. That is the best part of performing for a live audience, he said, “the energy bouncing back from the house to the stage.” The band’s show at the Holiday Valley Resort will be a return performance for some of the band members who have played there with Big Leg Emma. “I think it’s gonna be a great event,” Johnson said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

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By John Thomas e n Everyone has a passion in life, wbut many people spend many eyears finding it. A lucky few efind their passion relatively early .in their career. k Cattaraugus County dnative Mike Depue attended Cattaraugus High School, and tthen moved on to Buffalo State dCollage anticipating majoring ein urban planning. As so many students do, he worked nin restaurants while attending fcollege, working as “a busboy, .bar back, bartender, manager,” .he tells me. Completing his ndegree in urban planning, “as fa matter of course,” Mike econtinued to work in the food eand beverage industry. l “I was fully immersed in the twine and restaurant culture eat that point. I had a good job and I just stuck with it.” He nmoved into the management eside of the business, becoming eCEO of the restaurant group tUltimate Restaurants, managing eseveral of the Buffalo area’s finest establishments, including tBacchus and City Grill. y A couple of years ago Mike ewent to work for Michael eSkurnik Wines, a company that srepresents wines from all over ,the world to restaurants and sretailers throughout New York State, Manhattan, Connecticut dand New Jersey. The wines they srepresent come from “just about every wine producing region in ythe world.” In talking about the ewine producers the company drepresents, Mike points out, e“They are hand crafted wines; da lot of them are family, passed tdown from generation to hgeneration, grape growers and .fine wine makers. We’re really tnot about representing the big corporate brands.”

Besides visiting fine restaurants and wine stores, Mike DePue’s job with Michael Skurnik Wines has other perks as well. “I get to travel to some really great places to oversee the wine making process and learn about our producers around the world.”

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Besides visiting fine restaurants and wine stores, the job has other perks as well. “I get to travel to some really great places to oversee the wine making process and learn about our producers around the world.” Mike emphasizes the need to meet the wine makers face to face. “A lot about representing these wines is understanding the personal history and passion of the growers. That’s why we feel it’s important to make the trips to these places and see the vineyards and walk in the vineyards and see the winemakers themselves.” In the past few years these trips have taken Mike to Australia, Spain, Italy, South Africa, and Napa Valley. But after traveling to so many exotic locations, Mike still enjoys a chance to come into town. “I go to Ellicottville for recreation and fun, because it’s near where I grew up.” This Saturday he will be at

the Beer and Wine Festival at Holiday Valley showing wines that he represents: Lock River from California, an Australian winery called Woop Woop, featuring a Shiraz and a Chardonnay, and a sparkling wine from Domain St. Vincent, in New Mexico. Mike has many friends in Ellicottville. “I’m long time friends with Peter (Kreinheder) of the brew pub (EBC).” He has great respect for some of the businesses in town. “Shannon has a great little wine store (E-Ville Spirits), and she’s got a good group of loyal buyers,” adding, “I just started doing some good business with Jim Carls of Dina’s.” And like so many restaurant people he finds that the wine and food business is a great passion. “It gets in your blood. That’s where good food and wine is for me. It’s part of my everyday life.” Lucky indeed.

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A Lofty Home and Lofty Idea Called Lofty Mountain Grandeur
By anne london Most developers just build houses and leave it go at that. Mike Incorvaia is a developer whose motivation is a little more layered. His buildings stand as extensions of his passion for the amazing world we live in and his concerns are as much about the trees, streams, flowers and distant

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Each home is sited on its own property of approximately five acres. It also comes with deeded rights to shared wonders such as the three quarter mile nature trail accented with picturesque Amish-built fences, the fishing pond, the meandering stream, waterfall, gorge, and leantos that provide shelter for picnics on rainy days.

vistas in and around his development as they are about the homes’ fireplaces, Jacuzzi bathrooms and up-to-theminute kitchens. Mike and his business partner Donald Matre started with a hymn and a tract of land on Bailey Hill Road in East Otto. The hymn is “How Great Thou Art” and the lyrics that sang out to them are “When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur … and see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze … then sings my soul.” The tract of land, Mike feels, is the most magnificent in Cattaraugus County or maybe anywhere. After naming it “Lofty Mountain Grandeur,” he provided it with an entrance sign, a roadway, a hiking trail, and then took the steps you would expect of a good steward of the land seeking to maximize the enjoyment it brings to future resident families. Put simply, each home is sited on its own property of approximately five acres. It also comes with deeded rights to shared wonders such as the three quarter mile nature trail accented with picturesque Amish-built fences, the fishing pond, the meandering stream, waterfall, gorge, and lean-tos that provide shelter for picnics on rainy days. More outdoor adventures await just down the road. There is hiking, jogging, bicycling, bow hunting, berrypicking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and, of course, your unique opportunity to appreciate both art and nature at the same time at the neighboring Griffis Sculpture Park. Only slightly further, you have Holiday Valley and HoliMont ski resorts, shopping and dining in Ellicottville, and the fun of Allegany State Park. As day turns to dusk, it’s hard to imagine a more soothing place to unwind than back at your Lofty Mountain Grandeur home lounging on the stone and cedar deck or treating your muscles to the bubbly therapy

As day turns to dusk, it’s hard to imagine a more soothing place to unwind than back at your Lofty Mountain Grandeur home lounging on the stone and cedar deck or treating your muscles to the bubbly therapy of the Jacuzzi in your master bedroom’s ensuite. Your home is timber framed, custom designed, energy efficient, and built with top quality everything including modern SIP panels, radiant heating, black walnut flooring, Eastern pine beams and other rare features like kitchen ceiling planking from a 100-year-old barn.

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The Fisherman’s Lighthouse; The Curse of the Deep Sea
tongue in groove wooden slats and spiral staircase that led up to the lantern room. Not much of man for words, he seldom spoke, with eyes darker than those of fallen angels - one really didn’t feel the need to say anything. The darkness within tells a story of how a fisherman off the port of Sicily became known as the lighthouse keeper. But there is more to this man than meets the eye, for he has endured, and seen, what many men have come to call the curse of the deep. A curse so ridden, it is never to be mentioned. The events that unfolded that one night on the open waters of the Mediterranean left him changed forever. They say a man finds his fortune aboard a fishing ship out to sea. What they don’t say, is a man may lose himself if the sea finds his fortune. Good fortune must have been with our now young man of only 27. A man of great strength and power, he possessed a strong will and attitude. Today being his first voyage out to sea, he was in charge of making the catch of the season. There had been rumors of a new breed of fish populating the waters off shore that is known to only come to the surface of the water during the night hours. Gathering his belongings, he headed to the docks, and to ultimately where his life truly began. The dead of the night brought with it dense fog that swept over the docks. As a group of men boarded a small fishing vessel off the northern docks of Sicily, an eerie feeling of dread overshadowed their emotions. Something felt horribly wrong, as if they were not supposed to be here. As the last man stepped aboard, the boat eased off the docks and cast into the dark waters in hopes of a great catch. Gaining some momentum, around the corner and off to the left, atop a small hill sat a lighthouse, tall in stature, with a lantern so bright it could be seen from the heavens. Blinding them with each passing wave, trying to get their attention, it beckoned them not to go into the deep. Unscathed by what he was feeling, the young fisherman thought nothing of it, comparing the night to a slice of pie, kinda like falling on a bed of red roses in the buff. What’s

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There is an old saying, which goes: “If your dog is fat, then you need more exercise.” author unknown The other day, I happened to see an info-commercial on TV that left me appalled. The ad was peddling a new doggie mat which allows your pet to urinate on a small piece of artificial, special turf if you don’t wish to walk your canine family member outside. Okay - let’s be honest. At times, walking outside in cold, blustery weather can be a hard sell for both you see reCipe page 11 and your pet. But it doesn’t need to be! Let’s look at some helpful hints to keep fitness safe and appealing. This Week’s Recipe: Calamari Fritti, Served with Dipping Sauce First, begin with a longer warmup outside of 15-20 minutes and INGREDIENTS: end with a longer 15-20 minute 1 lb. clean squid with tentacles, cool down. During your trek, bodies cut into 1/3 to 1/2-inch-thick rings remember to pace yourself and 2 cups all-purpose flour keep moving during your entire 2 Tbsp. seasoned bread crumbs walk. 2 Tbsp. dried parsley Staying hydrated is vital when Salt and freshly ground black pepper exercising outdoors. In physical Fresh lemon, cut into wedges activity, your body perspires. Vegetable oil for deep frying If fluids aren’t replaced, then Milk for flour coating dehydration occurs and your Dipping sauce (your choice - I would go with a cream sauce) ability to regulate your body’s temperature becomes strained. METHOD: Drink before, during and Pour enough oil into a heavy large saucepan to reach the depth of after physical activity to stay 3 inches. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour, hydrated. However, avoid bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Working liquids containing sugar, salt, in small batches, toss the squid in milk, then into the flour mixture caffeine and alcohol - these will to coat. Carefully add the squid to the oil and fry until crisp and work against you. very pale golden, about 1 minute per batch. Using tongs or a Very importantly, dress for the slotted spoon, transfer the fried calamari to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Place the fried calamari and lemon wedges on a As always, whether it’s a fancy pasta dish or as simple weather. Keep your hands and clean plate. Sprinkle with salt and parsley, serve with dipping as calamari fritti, always remember if you put love into it, feet warm with insulated wear. you’ll be creating more than just great food. (Remember to protect your pet’s sauce and lemon wedge along with some greens for color.

The wind blew in gently through the half opened window of the lighthouse where an old man sat in his wicker rocking chair. Nothing more than the ominous light of the moon shined upon his portentous, weathered looking face. The chair was given to him by his father, who got it from his father, who in turn was built by his father’s father. Outside on the beach, the waves crashed up against the rocks with thunderous force. The sky was clear, the stars were bright, and the warm air outside carried with it a subtle, alluring aroma of a passing ocean breeze. Breathing out deep bellows of breath, he just sat, rocking back and forth with his trusty dog by his side. Atop a small table to the right of him flickered a halfway melted candle with a pool of wax flowing down its tubular base. A glass of red wine, barely touched was placed next to a lit cigar hanging partially out of an ashtray. The gray smoke escaping its burning tip lingered upwards towards the second landing alongside the

there to worry about? They’re just going fishing, right? The captain aboard the vessel knew the waters were treacherous, and he did not favor going into uncharted territory. Yet, into the quiet abyss, they sailed on. Below the deck, within the quarters, the men all sat around a table playing cards, smoking cigars and out-bragging each other about their nightmarish fishing stories and catches of a lifetime. Below the ship, deep within the waters, something was coming, rising up to get them. Unaware of what was going on, an argument broke out amongst the men over someone cheating with the cards. “You can’t do that!” yelled one of the men, “ it’s called cheating!” Moving the table aside, they grabbed a hold of each other’s shirts, staring each other down. “Let go of me!” shouted a man, as they rustled about the room, knocking everything over in their path. Their squandering was soon disrupted as out of nowhere the vessel began to shake and rock with great force,

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E’VILLE - Please join us at The United Church of Ellicottville, 53 Elizabeth Street, on Saturday, December 5 from 11am-5pm for the church’s 1st annual Christmas Bazaar 2009. This year will mark the first year our church will open the doors to the community for a craft, bake and holiday decoration sale. We look forward to a funfilled day with a lunch available of homemade chili and pizza by the slice from a local pizza shop. Children are welcome and at 11:30am and 1:30pm for $3 each will be treated to a reading of the book, T’was the Night Before Christmas, along with a trip to a hands-on craft table for a chance to make some jewelry and a holiday picture with foam stickers. Each child will also receive a snack of cookies and milk. Coffee, tea and cookies will also be complimentary to all who join us! On Sunday, December 6, the church is also hosting its annual Cantanta! See you there!

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Let’s start with the Michael Vick saga. First thing’s first. Do we need another criminal in Buffalo? Lynch’s hit and run was tough to take. And another on a weapon possession in California. What happened to the blue collar football player from the 60’s and 90’s? I know it’s tough to stick with Trent Edwards. However, maybe there’s a chance that a winning head coach comes along and has the full and final power on player personnel and coaches. The Bills’ mid-season report card starts with injuries. Let’s facit it - the offense begins with the offensive line, which has been plagued with injuries. Which leads to no pass protection, hence sacks and a lot of them. The running game that looked promising early has disappeared since Lynch’s return. The passing game is nowhere to be found. We have the best 3 wide receivers who we can’t get the ball to, hence frustration. The defense which is still our backbone of our team spends way too much time on the field, which leads to fatigue, hence too many points. Special teams has one solid pillar still. That is our punter, Brian Moorman. The rest of them have become pretty much average since the beginning of the season, hence no more exciting punts or kick returns for TDs. Now the coaching. Mr. Wilson has never fired a head coach during the regular season. Dick Jauron and his staff need to be held responsible for their players and team mistakes. Not being prepared for Sunday games, game plans awful, penalities, fumbles on punt and kickoff returns, hence losses and a lot of them.

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illegal aliens. There are no death panels. Grandma is not going to be sent to a FEMA concentration camp and agents of ACORN aren’t going to sell your children to a White slavery/prostitution ring. What it does do is encourage a bit of healthy competition among the nation’s billion dollar insurance companies. It gives you your choice of providers. Isn’t that in the greatest spirit of American Capitalism? Competition? No one cares. The debate is no longer about health care. It’s devolved into an us-versusthem conflagration that will never end. There is no debate among us. Why should congress be any different? I’ve come to the unpleasant conclusion that I simply don’t like these people. I don’t even like the ones I voted for and am likely to vote for again. They just seem dirty. Maybe smarmy is the word I’m looking for. Either way, I don’t really need some scumbag with a thousand dollar Rolex that I most likely helped pay for, telling me that my government is costing me money. The multi-colored charts, diagrams and graphs that these idiots use during debates to prove they know what they’re talking about prove that. How much do those cost to print? Who pays for them? How many congressional aids did it take to produce them? If we were to take all of the money being swallowed up by the U.S. House of Representatives in order to get to a simple debate, all our health care problems could be bought and paid for. How sick is that? Comments? E-mail Doug at shakedowndoug@hotmail.com

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Cont. from page 6 “The passion for music and the violin saved my life,” Tourie said. After that, they were relentless and played the New York City subways for pocket change. “We would play the trains, and we had a captive audience. We broke down the trains on a marketing level,” Tourie said. “Damien chose the C train for its demographic, and I tackled the A train. We raked in over $300 each in two hours, and we did it three times a week.” Damien continued, “The subway is the equivalent of playing several performance hours each week and we were able to refine our technique before a live audience. The subway was the gateway that landed (us) a manager and a record deal.” In 2005, with the help of their manager, James Washington, they entered a local talent contest at the legendary Apollo Theatre and won. As a result of the media attention surrounding the event, they have appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “The Today Show.” Their CD, “Struggle From

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a load roar, sending it soaring into the upper atmosphere like a freight train out of hell. Quickly running back down the stairs and out of the front of the lighthouse, the old man hurried towards the shores of the beach. Running as fast as he could through the thick sand, he came up to the ship that had come to a safe halt on the docks. With the men roping off the ship, the old man yelled, “You men alright? You know it’s not safe to be out on the open waters at a time like this.” The stench of fear permeated off the men aboard the ship, and the captain himself, unsure of what had happened, came down and looked into the old man’s dark eyes, saying to him, “I saw something out there. It nearly wiped us out, but we got the best of it, and if it was not for our harpoon, we surely would have sunk. You might want to take a look at this.” Slowly walking with the captain, they headed towards the back of the ship where they had it tied off. With each nearing step, it became clear. The old man, nearly losing his breath, stopped dead in his tracks, grabbed a hold of the captain’s arm and just stared. Gripping intensely, the captain said, “What’s the matter with you old man?” Not a word passed his lips, as he was too occupied staring at the hole in the beast’s head. Realizing who the old man was, the captain blurted out, “You’re that fisherman who shot this beast many years ago, the one who tends the lighthouse and warns men about not going out onto the waters in the dead of night.” With nothing to say, the old man turned around and began to head back to the lighthouse. “Wait, before you go,” said the captain, “how could it be that you’re still alive?” He didn’t answer. “Take this,” said the captain. He handed him a bag, shook his hand and the old man went on his way. Back in the lighthouse, he stood at the square window, with the breeze blowing in his face. Slipping back into his thoughts, he mellowed out, motionless and silent. The old man sat back in his chair, re-lit his cigar, and watched as the sun rose over the horizon. Oh, and the calamari never tasted better in all his two hundred years of life. As always, whether it’s a fancy pasta dish or as simple as calamari fritti, always remember if you put love into it, you’ll be creating more than just great food. Lukas Tremblay is an aspiring Chef and writer. He currently works at Balloons Restaurant in Ellicottville.



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CATTARAUGUS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF THE AGING TO DISTRIBUTE EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES: The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging has announced distribution dates for emergency food boxes. The Department of the Aging will be giving away food boxes containing single-serve, shelf-stable meals to people over the age of 60. The food box contains enough food for five (5) complete meals. Each meal meets onethird of the recommended dietary allowances for an adult. These emergency food boxes are available to help people prepare for a possible emergency such as a winter storm and/or the H1N1 flu pandemic. To receive a shelf-stable emergency meal box, a person must be over 60 years of age and must come prepared to fill out a registration form. The boxes will be available on a first come, first served basis. The purchase of the meal boxes was funded through the federal government as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For further information on the meal box distribution, including distribution dates and locations, please contact the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging at 716-373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901. Rape Crisis Training: Cattaraugus Community Action’s Victim Services Division is sponsoring a Rape Crisis Training on November 12, 13, 16 and 17, 2009. Training will take place at CCA’s Salamanca offices, located at 25 Jefferson Street. These sessions are FREE and open to the public, volunteers, organizations, and partnering agency members. The training will include topics such as child abuse-mandated reporter training, uncovering personal biases, vicarious trauma/PTSD, and several other related topics. If you are interested in attending the training or would like further information, please contact Nicole at 716-945-1041 ext. 122.

Vacation Rentals: Plan your next getaway, wedding, reunion, golf or ski vacation with ERA Vacation Properties. Visit our website at www.ellicottville.com for virtual tours of our properties, or call 716-699-4800. Commercial Space For Rent: 42 Mill Street, Ellicottville, NY. 900 sq. ft. Ample parking. Please call 716-699-4516. Lease terms. Spacious, Newly Remodeled 1-BR Loft Apartment: In the Village of Ellicottville. Washer/dryer. $575/month plus utilities. References required! Call Jim at 716-572-9192. Home For Rent: 4-BRs, 2 baths, 2 kitchens, minutes from the slopes. Ski on land! Snow removal, no smoking, no pets. Security & lease a must. $1,100/month. Call 716-479-3057. Home For Rent: 6-BRs, 3 baths, 3 kitchens, 3 fireplaces, steam room, minutes from the slopes. Ski on land! Snow removal, no smoking, no pets. Security & lease a must. $1,200/month. Call 716-479-3057. 4-BR, 2.5 Bath House For Rent: 30 minutes from Holiday Valley. $1,000/month plus utilities. References & security deposit. Available immediately. Call 716-372-1380. Beautiful 1-BR + 1 Loft Apartment: For rent above back Gin Mill. $575 includes heat & water. Call Anton 716-868-4612 or Jim 716-699-2949. FOR RENT: Luxury 2 & 3-BR townhomes in Salamanca. Private entrances, FP, granite counters, Berber carpet, stainless steel appliances, washer, dryer, grounds keeping, snow removal, electric, water, garbage, sewer included. Various lease lengths available. Prices range from $900 to $1,100 monthly. No pets. Call to set up your appointment today! Palmer Rentals, 716-945-1906. FOR RENT: Beautiful 3-BR, 1.5 bath home with large yard & many extras. Other apartments & beautifully renovated homes for rent in Salamanca area. Call 716-945-0238 (Laura).

Furniture Repaired, Refinished Or Replicated: New Solid Cherry Adirondack Chairs For Sale! FIVE POINTS, 716-938-6315. Visit fivepnts.com Interior Finishing By Tom Clauss: Painting, plastering, remodeling, repairs, restoration work, electrical, plumbing & more. PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SPECIAL: DISCOUNTED PRICES! Free estimates. Call today! 716-949-9155. PERKS CONSTRUCTION: General contracting & remodeling, including drywall, painting, flooring, tilework, stonework, finish work, siding, electrical, plumbing & more. Your local carpenters with over 30 years experience! Insured, many references. Call Jeff Perks at 716244-3559 or Josh Perks at 716-969-5115. Caretaker Services For Your Home: House & pet sitting available for your home or condo in & around Ellicottville. Reliable & dependable, references available, reasonable rates. Contact Ian at 716-801-1915. Board Your Pet: At East Otto Country Kennel. Over 10 years of quality pet care. Clean & comfortable with covered outdoor patio, playtime 3 times a day. Grooming available. 716-5924011 or www.eastottocountrykennel.com. Woodcrest Pet Spa and Kennel: Treat your pet to the SPA experience at 140 Lincoln Ave. in Salamanca. OR maybe they need a vacation. Take a tour of our Kennel on Sawmill Run in Little Valley, at WoodcrestKennel.net or call SPA 716-945-2700, KENNEL 716-945-5799.

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Ellicottville Board Meetings For November: Village Board-Monday, Nov. 9 at 6pm; Village Planning Board-Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5:30pm; Town Board-Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6pm; Town Planning Board-Monday, Nov. 16 at 6pm. All meetings take place at the Village/Town Hall, 1 W. Washington Street in Ellicottville, unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public.

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WRITERS: Become part of a growing team! The Villager newspaper of Ellicottville, NY is looking for feature writers & writers to attend the Ellicottville Town/Village Board meetings. Please send your resume and writing samples to: PO Box 178, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Job Opening: Office & personal assistant for 89-year-young, healthy, retired executive. If you can offer professional organization, patience, direction, and intellectual discussions with an upbeat personality, you should apply. Job sharing with another professional will include: 1) Personal assistant; office based in Ellicottville. 2) Maintain daily schedule accurately. 3) Basic e-mail, typing, telephoning, internet ability. 4) Attend presentations, classes & lectures. 5) Safe driving skills locally & within Western New York, using our vehicle. 6) Willing to learn to play badminton or tennis as a regular or temp. 7) Organize & attend monthly evening discussion groups & activities. 8) Occasional weekend duties. 9) Be creative in finding regional activities, meals, restaurants, concerts & events to attend. 20-35 hours per week. References & driving records will be requested. Please respond by e-mail to Lori@Northrup.com or to PO Box 6, Ellicottville, NY 14731.

Alliance Community Church, 6748 Route 417, Killbuck (next to Post Office), 945-4292 Sunday 11:00am Community Church of Eddyville, 7705 Toad Hollow Road, Little Valley, 257-3703 Sunday 10am

First Baptist Church of Great Valley, 5049 Route 219, Great Valley, 945-4629 Sunday School for all ages 9:30am, Sunday Worship Service 10:45am & 6:30pm

Faith Baptist Church of Mansfield, 7968 Reed Hill Road, Little Valley, 257-3645 Adult Bible Study/Sunday School 10:00am, Sunday Worship 11:00am & 7:00pm Wednesday 7:00pm Prayer & Bible Study

Little Valley United Methodist Church, 109 Court Street, Little Valley, 938-6150 Sunday School 9:15am all ages, Worship 10:30am Solomon’s Porch Ministries, Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, 699-5751 Saturday 7:00pm, Sunday 10:00am St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2 W. Washington Street, Ellicottville Saturday 5:00pm with Communion

Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 22 Jefferson St., E’ville, 699-2592 Mass Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 8:00am & 10:30am

Crafters For United Church of Ellicottville’s Craft Bazaar: Christmas is coming and so is the United Church of Ellicottville’s craft bazaar to be held Saturday, Dec. 5. The bazaar coincides with Ellicottville’s Christmas Stroll. The church is seeking crafters who would like to sell at the event. Cost to set up is $20, which includes an 8’ table. Those interested in reserving space at the bazaar should contact Cindy Goodin at 716-699-6451. In addition to crafts, the bazaar will offer a white elephant sale, raffled items, baked goods, activities for children and a hot lunch. Donated items are greatly needed to make this fundraiser a success.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6360 Route 242 East, E’ville, 699-2265 Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 10:30am

The United Church of Ellicottville, 53 Elizabeth Street, Ellicottville, 699-4003 Sunday 10:00am, Communion held the 1st Sunday of each month, Sunday School 10:15am

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Notice of Formation of HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/05/09. Office location: Cattaraugus County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, PO Box 1803, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Purpose: Any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE: Articles of Organization of CATT RAFTING ADVENTURES, LLC., filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/10/2009. Office location: Cattaraugus County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY may mail a copy of any process to FRIEDMAN & RANZENHOFER, P.C., 74 Main Street, PO Box 31, Akron, NY 14001-0031. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any business permitted under the Law. BottomLine of WNY, LLC: Notice of formation of the above Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) on 10/20/2009. Office location County of Cattaraugus. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: The LLC, 644 Grandview Avenue, Olean, NY 14760. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of B.P. Liquidation, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/27/09. Office location: Cattaraugus County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Peters & Ploetz, Attn: Ross A. Peters, Esq., 1 Washington St., PO Box 682, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Hog-Shed Studio Pottery and Brookside Studio Watercolors Hosted their Annual Holiday Open House Last Weekend
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East Otto Country Artisans Open Their Doors

Direct from Ontario, ‘The Wrong Crowd’ Deejayed Into E’ville Last Saturday for a Fun Night of Celebration

Double Diamond Hosts ‘Sunglasses at Night’ Party

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Canada’s Much Revered Rock Band Performed to a Packed House Last Friday in Salamanca
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