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West Valley Hotel owner hoping for summer opening

Photo by Alex Simmons

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 »

A Look Back: The Ferrin Harness Shops

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking back to the days when you could hear the jingling of harnesses and the clopping of the team of horses, and the creak of the carriage or wagon behind them, as they drove down Main Street. Like cars, the street would have many wagons, as well as horses … so, what happened when the horse needed ... Read More »

Kids experience nature at Camp Turner’s WinterCamp

Press photo by Deb Everts

Snow, or no snow, there were plenty of activities for children from all over the region to enjoy at “WinterCamp 2018,” held each year at Camp Turner in the Quaker area of Allegany State Park. As several campers look on, Foxfire Counselors Marguerite Mosher (kneeling) and Carolyn Allen (right) build a campfire in the woods to melt wax for a candlemaking activity. The three-day camp began Dec. 28 and concluded Dec. 30.

By Deb Everts Lack of snow and lots of mud didn’t stop the fun at “WinterCamp 2018” where children had the opportunity to experience a three-day, overnight camping excursion at Camp Turner. Held in the Quaker area of Allegany State Park, this year’s camping event ran Dec. 28–30. Camp Director John Mann said although the lack of snow prevented the ... Read More »

New textile exhibit opens at Cattaraugus County Museum

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A red-bordered “crazy quilt” (center), made by a woman from Otto in the 1890s, is displayed at the Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library for their new exhibit "Cattaraugus Homespun: A display of textiles.”

A new exhibit, “Cattaraugus Homespun: A display of textiles,” has been opened at the Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library in Machias. This exhibit focuses on homemade textiles, crafted by and for residents of Cattaraugus County. Featured are examples of quilting, weaving, lacework, crochet and embroidery. Also on display is a large barn loom currently on loan to the museum ... Read More »

Santa Sheriffs deliver Christmas gifts to less fortunate families

Press photo by Rick Miller

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb (right) and school resource officers and others from the Sheriff's Department loaded up their patrol cars with gifts for 35 families across the county Wednesday morning. Whitcomb helped establish the Santa Sheriff program here several years ago with cooperation from the Department of Social Services and Cattaraugus Community Action.

By Rick Miller Santa Sheriffs gathered last week to pack their patrol cars with bags of gifts for less fortunate families across Cattaraugus County. You could tell were the Santa Sheriffs because they wore red and white Santa hats in place of their uniformed hats. After nights of shopping and then wrapping presents for children and other family members, Sheriff ... Read More »

SGI students bring joy to nursing home residents through holiday song

Photo by Alex Simmons

Chorus, band and orchestra members at Springville-Griffith Institute High School spent a morning last week bringing holiday cheer to residents of the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home with a Christmas concert of carols.

By Alex Simmons As Christmas Day crept to less than a week away, a group of students last week decided to bring holiday joy to some people who could use it most. On the morning of Dec. 19, those students from Springville-Griffith Institute High School made a trip to the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home to perform a concert of ... Read More »

A Look Back: The Robinson Knife Company

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By Jolene Hawkins Looking Back to some of the business we had in town, the year is 1929 and the largest single industrial employer in Springville was the Robinson Knife Company. And in that year, they paid $108,000 to its 100-plus workers. Located on the corner of Main and Carolina streets, it is a three-story brick and steel plant, close ... Read More »

A Look Back: Christmas gifts from a century ago


By Jolene Hawkins Looking back 100 years ago, where and what did we get for Christmas gifts? You could shop in several stores downtown on Main Street — no internet in those days. There were dry good stores, furniture stores, clothing stores, shoe stores and if you were really good, the blacksmith stores for a new buggy with the fringe ... Read More »

Visiting Bethlehem for a night at First United Methodist Church

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Ashley Blesy and her grandmother tend the fruits and vegetables in Bethlehem

Photos by Alex Simmons Residents of the Springville area had the opportunity to spend a Night in Bethlehem last Friday at the First United Methodist Church on East Main Street. Guests could experience first-century Bethlehem as they visited with shepherds, Roman soldiers and Mary and Joseph as they celebrate the birth of Jesus. Read More »

Holiday Valley Tubing set for Friday opening

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By Kellen M. Quigley Looking for something that’s fun for everyone and all you have to do is sit down, hang on and experience the exhilaration of pure winter fun? There’s no better way to celebrate the first day of winter and the start of the school recess than by spending the afternoon at Holiday Valley Tubing Co. on its ... Read More »

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