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Ellicottville kicks off the new year with ‘Winter Blues Weekend’

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Back again for its 19th year is the “Winter Blues Weekend,” which kicks off Friday, Jan. 18 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 20. Shown is one of the bands that performed at last year’s event.

By Deb Everts The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce presents its first event of the new year, “Winter Blues Weekend,” Jan. 18–20. Back again for its 19th year, the popular blues- and jazz-packed weekend kicks off next Friday evening and continues through Sunday. “What a better way to get out and break away from the post-holiday funk than with some friends ... Read More »

Bret Michaels bringing a hard-rockin’ show to Casino in Salamanca Jan. 19

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Bret Michaels, lead singer of the metal rock band, Poison, will perform hits from his “Bret Michaels Songs & Stories World Tour” at the Seneca Allegany Events Center Saturday, Jan. 19.

By Deb Everts After 35 years in the music business, rock icon Bret Michaels is still going strong and pleasing three generations of fans. Michaels is bringing his solo tour, “Bret Michaels Songs & Stories World Tour,” to the Seneca Allegany Events Center Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. According to Loudwire, Poison’s “Nothin’ But a Good Time” tour came ... Read More »

Allegany State Park to present ‘Fat Bike Run Ride’ next weekend

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Several Allegany State Park staff members participated in “Global Fat Bike Day” Dec. 9 at Long Point State Park on Chautauqua Lake. The event was sponsored by Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association (WNYMBA) and Loud Performance Products of Bemus Point. Shown (from left) are staff members Autumn Buck, Joe Bottone and Pat Dove.

By Deb Everts Biking enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy a new winter activity at Allegany State Park, beginning Jan. 18, as the park’s Environmental Education and Recreation Department hosts the first “Full Moon Fat Bike Fun Ride.” Riders participating in the free event should meet at the Red House Administration Building at 6 p.m. to check in at ... Read More »

Sen. Gallivan named to State Senate health committee

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State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R. a, has been appointed the Ranking Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Health. The New York State Senate began its 2019 session on Jan. 9. “I am honored to serve in a leadership role on what is among the most important committees in the Legislature,” said Gallivan. “Health care affects everyone and it ... Read More »

Andrew Collins Trio to perform Feb. 8 at SCA

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The Andrew Collins Trio, comprised of Collins, Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney, will perform at the Springville Center for the Arts on Feb. 8.

The Andrew Collins Trio will be performing live Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springville Center for the Arts. Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself at the epicenter of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. Collins has been nominated for five JUNO awards and seven Canadian Folk Music Awards by his various ensembles. He’s zeroing in on the work he ... Read More »

Cattaraugus County legislators hold reorganizational meeting

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Cattaraugus County Court Judge Ronald Ploetz (right) swears in the new County Legislature leadership members Wednesday in the legislative chambers at the County Center in Little Valley. Front row (from left) are: Minority Whip John Padlo of Olean, Assistant Minority Leader David Koch of Salamanca; Majority Leader Donna Vickman of Farmersville, Minority Leader Susan Labuhn of Salamanca and Vice Chairman Dan Hale of Portville. Back row (from left) are: Chairman James J. Snyder of Olean, Deputy Majority Leader Howard VanRensselaer of Randolph and Majority Whip Joseph Boberg of Delevan.

By Rick Miller Cattaraugus County lawmakers re-elected Olean Republican James J. Snyder as County Legislature chairman during a reorganization meeting Jan. 2. Snyder was nominated by his son, Legislator Joseph Snyder, R-Ischua, who accidentally nominated himself to the laughter of his colleagues. Both legislators’ first names are James, but the younger Snyder goes by the first name of Joseph. Republican ... Read More »

Hit the slopes at Kissing Bridge during January for great opportunities

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January is National Learn a Snowsport Month, and there’s no better place to do it than at Kissing Bridge.

By Kellen M. Quigley As winter finally rolls in and feels like it’s here for the long term, why not spend a day (or two) on the slopes this January, the perfect month for skiing, snowboarding and all things snow sports. January is National Learn a Snowsport Month, and Kissing Bridge will be offering some great opportunities for skiers and ... 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 »

Springville Village Board members question potential new recycling program

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Springville village trustee Nils Wikman (right) holds up a piece of cardboard that he said could be questionable for pick-up under new guidelines for a potential recycling program in the village.

By Kellen M. Quigley In its first meeting of the new year, the village of Springville Board of Trustees had plenty to say about a new potential recycling program for the community, specifically whether new recycling receptacles would be a smart investment. The board members spent about 30 minutes Monday discussing the possibility of accepting a nearly $60,000 grant to ... Read More »

Host SGI varsity girls win Emerling Holiday Tournament

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Springville junior Ivette Lewandowski goes in for the layup during Friday night’s championship game of the Emerling Holiday Tournament against Christian Central Academy.

The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity girls basketball team claimed the Emerling Holiday Tournament championship on Friday evening after a dominating 66-28 performance over Christian Central Academy. Tournament MVP Ivette Lewandowski scored 17 points, while all tournament selection Kenz Owens dropped 14 points while dishing out 10 assists and running the Lady Griffs’ offense. Coach Bob Gainey also praised the defense of ... Read More »

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