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Ski season at Kissing Bridge to begin Nov. 30

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By Kellen M. Quigley As the temperatures continue to drop and snow flurries cover the ground, locals are counting down the days to when winter sports season in Western New York is officially underway. Whether you prefer to tackle the slopes on skis or a snowboard, a variety of terrain and more can be found at Kissing Bridge ski resort ... Read More »

Feel the holiday spirit at ‘Christmas in Ellicottville’ this weekend

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By Deb Everts Enjoy a relaxing, an old-fashioned “Christmas in Ellicottville” Nov. 23 through 25, when visitors will feel the holiday spirit as they are transported to a scene reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. Presented by Wingate by Wyndham and produced by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, the event offers a weekend full of free, family-oriented activities that will ... Read More »

Holiday Valley gearing up for 2018–19 ski season

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By Deb Everts Holiday Valley has been making plans for an exceptional 2018–19 winter season. This is mostly due to the $3.4 million the resort has invested in upgrades, including improvements to their automated snowmaking system, a conveyor lift on the beginner’s slope and several “tree trails” for kids, as well as a new groomer and shuttle van. Jane Eshbaugh, ... Read More »

PROS and CCARET to host General Level radio license class

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The Pioneer, Radio, Operators, Society and Cattaraugus County amateur Radio Exam Team will be starting a “General” Level amateur radio licensing class on Nov. 18. The class will be held at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Springville, beginning at 9 a.m. and runs for about eight weeks. There is no class fee, but a study guide is needed, ... Read More »

Three dozen SGI inducted into National Junior Honor Society

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By Elyana Schosek The evening of Nov. 7 was filled with joy and a little bit of anxiety for 36 of Springville-Griffith Institute’s eighth graders who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). The ceremony began at 6 p.m. with students and their parents entering early. All were welcomed with a smile from the greeter, Madame Landers, though ... Read More »

Twelve inducted into French NHS reflect on 6 years in program

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By Elyana Schosek Twelve Springville-Griffith Institute students were inducted into the National French Honor Society, or the SGI Société Nationale de Français, on Wednesday, Nov. 7. This opportunity comes to students who have taken French class for five years and are in French 5. These students were: Makayla Case-Machelski, Jenasis Fisher, Al Francisco, Samantha Gorski, Allie Lavanture, Anna Lawton, Rebecca ... Read More »

East Otto Country artists host Holiday Open House

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By Deb Everts Art lovers from all over the area had the opportunity to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind pottery pieces, as well as original watercolor and colored pencil paintings, when the East Otto Country Associates hosted their 32nd annual Holiday Open House weekend Nov. 3–4. The open house featured Elliott and Michael Hutten of Hog-Shed Studio Pottery and Robin Zefers ... Read More »

Alden knocks out Springville in four-set sectional final

A third-set victory briefly staved off elimination, but Alden proved to be too much for the Springville-Griffith Institute girls volleyball team to continue its season. Still the Griffins finished their season on a high note with a hard-fought loss to Alden, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11 on Thursday in the Section 6 Class B2 finals at Daemen College. SGI finishes the ... Read More »

Griffis Sculpture Park unveiled 50 years ago

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A 350-acre hilltop was “ablaze with autumnal colors and the talents of poets, ballet dancers folk singers and community theater groups.” The occasion for this outdoor romp of grassroots culture in Cattaraugus County was the “Octoberfest” at which the Ashford Hollow Foundation unveiled Griffis Sculpture Park to some 2,000 people on this weekend 50 years ago. “Mother Nature, an undisputed ... Read More »

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital welcomes Dr. Witmer

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Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Elvin Witmer, MD will be joining the BCH Medical Staff as a hospitalist, caring for patients in the acute care department. Dr. Witmer has established a nearly 30-year career in medicine. He grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio and earned his medical degree from Ohio State University. His career ... Read More »

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