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Preparing for annual Maple Weekends as temperatures rise

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By Rick Miller Western New York’s Maple Weekends are still a couple of weeks away, but for Sprague’s Maple Farm in Portville, every weekend in March is a maple weekend. Except for the beginning of March, when it was bitterly cold and very windy, owner Randy Sprague said in an interview last week. March 1–3 is the 2019 maple season’s ... Read More »

Outdoors enthusiasts to gather for annual Sportsman Show at casino

By Kellen M. Quigley As the hunting seasons in New York state wind down this winter, the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino invites all avid sportsmen and outdoors enthusiasts to begin preparing for the next ones this weekend. On Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, the casino will host its annual premiere sportsman’s show, presented by York Penn Shows ... Read More »

E’ville venues will rock at ‘Winter Music Jam’ this weekend


By Deb Everts Back again for the second year is Ellicottville’s newest music festival, “Winter Music Jam.” The winter event will take place this weekend, Feb. 22 and 23 at some favorite venues throughout the village. The free event presented by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Redfin Real Estate Agency is sure to please people of all ... Read More »

SCA to host Art’s Cafe info session Saturday

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The Art's Cafe committee and volunteers are preparing to open the building at 5 East Main St. for the first time. Springville Center for the Arts will host an info session Saturday, Feb. 16 concerning opening the building.

The Art’s Cafe project offers a unique way to help the community and reap financial benefits. The project will host a happy hour and information session on Class C Membership, which combines support for the project with the distribution of historic tax credits. “This is really appropriate for any taxpayer who would rather keep their taxes local and save a ... Read More »

After office move last year, EG Tax ready to help Springville community

By Kellen M. Quigley The busy season for tax preparers is underway. At EG Tax Services in Springville, things are better than ever since moving to their new location at 65 East Main St. last year. And for the new supervisor, Jason Downing, things are also busier than ever. But his experience in the business is good news for local ... Read More »

Jusiak podiums three times at Empire State Games

By Caitlin Croft The first race of the season for U12/10/8 athletes opened with a Dual Giant Slalom at Holiday Valley. U12 Girls: Abigail Duff of Kissing Bridge took 16th, Mary Doyle (BSC) 20th and Lauren La Salle (BSC) 21st. U12 Boys: Buffalo Ski Club’s Owen Gray finished 11th, Joey Hogenkamp (KB) 13th, Zack Benczkowski (BSC) 15th and Nathan Zanner ... Read More »

Making time for music in spite of polar conditions

By Alex Simmons Amidst the virtual shutdown of Western New York thanks to last week’s sub-zero conditions threats of a blizzard, a village hot spot still held its weekly tradition of bringing people together through music. On Feb. 1, the 49 Cafe, located at 49 E. Main St. in Springville, hosted Friday Night “Flights,” a karaoke night where community members ... Read More »

It’s ‘Souper Bowl Saturday’ at the Trading Post

The Trading Post Outreach Center will host its annual Souper Bowl fundraiser next Saturday, Jan. 26. Held 4 to 8 p.m. at Our Savior Evangelical Luthern Church, 431 Waverly St., the event includes bottomless bowls fo soup, appetizers and desserts. Music, theme basket raffles and 50/50 will also be featured. Get involved by entering a crockpot of your favorite soup/chili, ... Read More »

Springville professionals, students take part in Cosmetology Career Day

Cosmetology students attending Ellicottville’s CTE Center were mentored by a panel of professionals in the industry at “Cosmetology Career Day,” Jan. 14. (Front, from left): Jennifer Bennett, regional educator for Fantastic Sam’s; Angie Shaver, owner/stylist, “Root 39,” Springville; Trinity Haynes, senior, Pioneer; Sarah Taft, senior, Catt-LV; Camryn Earley, junior, Ellicottville; Brianna Stutzman, junior, Pioneer. (Center, from left): Laurie Wagatha, Reiki Master/reflexologist, Wildwood Sanitarium, Salamanca; and Tracy Guntrum, cosmetology instructor, Ellicottville CTE center. (Back, from left): Stacey Rogers, owner of Fantastic Sam’s Arcade; Kourtney Shuman, master designer/colorist for Rusk and owner of “Modern Expressions Salon,” Bemus Point; Skylar Bennett, senior, Catt-LV; Brooke Wagatha, junior, Big Picture, Catt-LV; Katie Jennings, senior, Franklinville; J.P. Nabozny, owner of “The Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria,” Springville, and his daughter; Steve Lightcap and Dylan Mutton, recent graduates of the Barbering Program, Potter Career and Technical Center, West Seneca.

By Deb Everts The Ellicottville Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center hosted “Cosmetology Career Day,” Jan. 14 when cosmetology professionals from the area were invited to discuss their careers with the students. Among these professionals were J.P. Nabozny, owner of “The Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria” and Angie Shaver, owner and stylist, “Root 39,” both of Springville. Tracy Guntrum, cosmetology instructor ... Read More »

West Valley Hotel owner hoping for summer opening

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The former West Valley Hotel has been in a state of renovation for the past couple of years, but that could all be over soon as a summer 2019 opening is the new target in sight.

By Kellen M. Quigley The past couple of years have been fascinating for the former West Valley Hotel. From being raised several feet in the air to having the majority of its interior completely gutted, the ongoing renovation process has its eyes on the finish line, which will hopefully be crossed in several months. Following construction in 2017 of two ... Read More »

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