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July 10, 2020

As all trends and fads eventually make it out to the countryside, the opening of an axe throwing lounge is really a returning home for Ellicottville. Bringing a slice of history back to life in a modern form, new owners of The Ratchet Hatchet seek to fulfill an uncaptured market.

As all trends and fads eventually make it out to the countryside, the opening of an axe throwing lounge is really a returning home for Ellicottville. Ski areas built from the logged trails, Ellicottville essentially started with an axe. The axe predates modern history as the go-to tool of the stone age and has been evolving since.

June 29, 2020

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.

Slowly emerging from its sanitized cocoon of solitude, Western New York yawns, stretches, and takes tentative steps into the sunlight. After months of attempting new hobbies and trial subscriptions to everything on the Internet, we are finally ready to enjoy the summer outdoors.

January 31, 2011

"Ferris Karaoke" every Sunday night at Madigan's thru ski season.

June 17, 2020

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.

Ellicottville is built on community and small business, and midway through March 2020, we were all forced to close our doors due to a deadly virus that has literally attacked humans around the world. There was so much uncertainty and confusion in the early stages of this shutdown, but many of us took it as an opportunity to breathe and slow down for a moment.  However, that moment has now turned into 3 months, and some of our small businesses are in real danger of shutting down for good.

June 11, 2020

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 Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce hosted a membership meeting this past Wednesday, June 10, 2020 via Zoom. The main topic of discussion was the idea of utilizing street space for dining and retail …

POSSIBLE USE OF MONROE STREET

May 22, 2020

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.

The May meeting of the Ellicottville Village Board was held once again virtually, this past Monday evening, May 18th, and opened with Good News. The insurance invoice was received and was less than the amount budgeted for 2020. This was followed by three motions to approve the minutes of the April 2020 Meeting, Financial Report and Audit of Claims; there were three seconds and all motions were carried.

May 20, 2020

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. 

The new normal. This is the phrase that we keep hearing, an all-encompassing cliche that’s supposed to make us feel better. Navigating the throes of this global pandemic (to this day, 60+ days in, it’s surreal to type that) hasn’t been easy on anyone. Our national — and local — psyche continues to take a beating as we rumble down this uneasy road. 

May 15, 2020

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.

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. Set up almost like a grounded Space Station, today’s ECS facility is light years different. Commonly dismissed as a small rural school, many are not aware of the caliber of students produced by Ellicottville. Every year students move on to compete in college athletics, attend Ivy League Colleges and Universities, step into the world of large agricultural production, Military and so much more.

May 12, 2020

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.

For less than a few cups of coffee a year, you can ensure the Ellicottville Memorial Library remains a prominent part of our community. 

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. When the time comes to vote, we humbly ask for your support. 

May 7, 2020

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.

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. For some fathers who worked outside the house, they might be seeing for the first time what it takes to rule the roost round the clock and work too. Well, to make this day magical for mom, Ellicottville has all of the ingredients.

April 30, 2020

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.

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, puts it perfectly: “2020 has come in like a lion, on a sugar high and is whirling like a Tasmanian Devil with all of us holding on tight for the ride.”

Thankfully, though, Jessica has not let closed doors and ever-changing predictions affect her sunny attitude. Instead, she started a revolution.

April 29, 2020

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.

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.

April 28, 2020

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.

It’s impossible to escape the gloom. 

Scroll through Twitter and see images of crippled hospitals, teeming with patients and barely able to control the tide. Turn on the news and see graphics of rising death tolls, each day higher than the next. Walk the streets of an eerily quiet Ellicottville, only to see people strolling about in masks. Unfortunately, this is our current reality. This is our new normal. 

April 23, 2020

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.

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.

April 21, 2020

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.

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.

April 10, 2020

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.

Adjusting to this ‘new normal’ due to COVID-19 has been difficult for many in the greater Ellicottville area. 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,” Nancy Rogan, volunteer, told me. So here are the facts …

• Location: United Church of Ellicottville located on the corner of Elk and Elizabeth in the Village.

April 9, 2020

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.

When rumblings of the coronavirus pandemic emerged in mid- to late-February, panic buying began. Seemingly overnight, everyday products — hand sanitizer and toilet paper to name a few — vanished from store shelves nationwide. Production and distribution couldn’t keep up with the endless demand as the virus began sweeping across the United States.

A few months ago, you could buy hand sanitizer anywhere. Currently? Good luck. Fortunately, those in a position to make a difference have done so.

April 8, 2020

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

Members of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce met earlier this morning (Wednesday, April 8th) via ZOOM to discuss ideas that the Ellicottville businesses can collectively participate in, including Easter activities, supporting outside organizations in need, and a new promotional piece that would not only push ski pass sales for next season to our local resorts, but would encourage downtown business traffic as well.

 

EASTER PROMOTIONS

April 4, 2020

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.

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. In talking with Dean Metzger, General Manager, I was able to find out how this coalesced so quickly.

CROFT: How did you know that Steelbound would be a good candidate to convert into a hand sanitizer production facility?

April 3, 2020

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.

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.

April 1, 2020

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. 

 

Every 12 hours, the number jumps.

345. 556. 965.

In times of normalcy, these numbers might represent Instagram followers. YouTube video views. Ticket sales to a summertime Canalside concert. But these times are not normal.

1,134. 1,454. 1,993.

They might represent the rapidly ascending positive cases of COVID-19, the hellish strain of coronavirus that continues to wreak havoc on society’s collective psyche. But they don’t.

2,213. 2,561. 2,876. 

March 3, 2020

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

It’s a growing sport. One that has no boundaries. Skateboarding welcomes everyone, regardless of age, race, or tax bracket. Public skateparks are popping up in communities across the U.S., encouraging our youth to get outdoors and be active. It’s an affordable sport that can cut down on your child’s screen time, while providing them with much-needed exercise in a world that heavily depends on technology for entertainment. The best, but most overlooked part? It’s a great way to make new friends.

January 31, 2020

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.

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. Most of them have been training in the off-season and preparing for their next shot at ripping a course apart. Ski Racing in New York State has an active community at all ages from U8 racing to the Masters program. 

January 31, 2020

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.

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. Fortunately for skiers and snowboarders (and unfortunately for the moths in the closet) the Bad Ski Suit Party returns on Saturday, February 29th at Madigan’s.