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The 2020 Virtual Elisa’s Run for the Arts on June 13th was a tremendous success! Family and friends participated from all over NYS and from at least 12 other states as well!

Starting Friday, July 3rd and running every Friday through Aug. 28th from 5:00-8:00pm, the town’s businesses spill onto the stone pavements of Ellicottville’s downtown, showcasing their wares, offering free samples, and hosting drop-in activities. Be it sidewalk chalk, sponge candy snacks, or sips at the winery, Stroll the Streets is fit for all ages - children and adults.

As we enter into Phase 3 of re-opening, we see a light at the end of the tunnel. But with that light comes a new reality, one with masks and hand sanitizer, temperature checks and social distancing. Our new reality still has a lot of holes, and each of us small business owners has been busy doing their homework to figure out ways to keep our clients and customers safe and satisfied.

During this week's Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Membership meeting, business owners discussed the idea of closing Monroe Street to allow downtown businesses an opportunity to expand their services in an outdoor setting.

The May meeting of the Ellicottville Village Board was held once again virtually, this past Monday, May 18th. This month's meeting included a public hearing and vote on the 2020 Village Budget. Mayor John Burrell also reported that he has attended many conference calls the past month navigating the COVID-19 Regulations as they have been changing daily.

As unemployment skyrockets and businesses continue to shut their doors, the hardships pile up. Schools across the country have stepped up to the challenge, continuing to provide its students with breakfast and lunch. The Rotary Club of Ellicottville stepped in to provide even more. 

Ellicottville Central School District has come a long way since the 1970’s and 80’s when it used to be hallways that led to trailers for classrooms. As students move on from ECS, there hasn’t ever been an outlet to keep Alumni connected. The Alumni Association decided it was time to develop a website where graduates could keep up with each other.

Due to recent budget cuts from New York State, the Library no longer receives the critical bullet aid that helps offset overall costs. In light of this, the Board of Trustees requested an increase in funding from the Ellicottville Central School tax levy.

With the countdown to Mother’s Day 2020 coming in hot, the pressure seems to be a little higher than years past. Mothers have taken on so many extra roles and rarely get a break during these COVID times. To make this day magical for mom, Ellicottville has all of the ingredients.

In these uncertain times, it is hard to know exactly what to do, how to act, or what to feel the umpteenth time you read this phrase as an article opener. Jessica Maynard-Gilbert, founder and CEO of Ava Grace Fashions in Ellicottville, has not let closed doors and ever-changing predictions affect her sunny attitude. Instead, she started a revolution.

With Spring now upon us, so many of us are busy with projects around the house and preparing our garden plans. And certainly we don’t need reminded that we are living amidst a culture shock time period. In direct result, there has been a ‘growing’ emphasis on the importance of gardening and what you choose to grow. In chatting with Clint Peyton, Ryan Peterson and Brandon Triscari, owners of The Biodome Project in Jamestown, NY, I got the inside scoop on why this is the perfect time to ‘dig in’ to your very own vegetable garden.

Cover your face. Protect those around you. Look good doing it. Daff’s Laura Solly and Twisted Threads’ Tracey Wappman have joined forces to provide chic, effective face coverings.

The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce held a membership meeting this past Wednesday via ZOOM. On the agenda was a new idea to help drive online sales of gift cards for local merchants. Executive director Brian McFadden had seen similar programs in other communities and explained to the meeting participants how the program would work.

While it has been a challenge to find a decent selection of meat at many chain supermarkets across the region due to panic shopping, one local small business continues to offer its community a full inventory of fresh cuts and other food products daily.

The Food Bank of Ellicottville, powered by Community Action, wants you to know they are here for you. “Do not worry about groceries and basic personal care items, we can provide that,” says Nancy Rogan, volunteer.

Known for its potent potables, the Ellicottville Distillery has established itself as a western New York staple. When the pandemic hit, it quickly changed gears — creating much-needed hand sanitizer for the county and beyond.

Ellicottville merchants discuss unique ways to celebrate Easter this year. Plus: the Town's virtual birthday party; helping others; downtown coupon book ...

In light of the National COVID-19 Pandemic, it has been hard to wrap our heads around all that is happening. Seemly overnight we were living in a different world. Ellicottville, in its truest nature, is evolving quickly with this fluid crisis as Steelbound Brewery & Distillery has converted its facility to produce hand sanitizer on a commercial scale.

The Ellicottville Village Board held a Special Meeting via conference call this past Wednesday to discuss a temporary suspension or moratorium on all short term rentals. There have been concerns regarding certain short term rental businesses that have marketed Ellicottville as a safe refuge for people who live in urban areas to seek shelter from the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Overnight, COVID-19 brought the restaurant industry to its knees. Layoffs, closed doors and economic uncertainty dominate news cycles and social timelines. Facing his biggest challenge yet, Nick Pitillo rallied his family — and community — to fight back. 

Public skateparks are popping up in communities across the U.S., encouraging our youth to get outdoors and be active.

Every Fall, the anticipation of winter and skiing strikes this small town and the hearts of those in the greater Western New York area who love to ski. Of this group, there is a small subsection of ski racers who have been dreaming of racing since the moment the lifts stopped turning in the spring.

As a ski town, Ellicottville has the unique opportunity to host parties specific to our collective love of winter. There’s one in particular that once upon a time was a crowd favorite, a get together that showcased heinous colors and high-waisted pants.

Willow was rescued 5 years ago and has been living her best life since. Over those years, her owner, Ashley, has taken an immense amount of photos of her fur-baby, so she decided to create a calendar of Willow's adventures.