By Alicia Dziak

It’s been a busy year in Ellicottville! As Ellicottville continues to establish itself as the place to be year-round, big things are happening in this small town!

Business News

Guests of Holiday Valley will reap the benefits of more efficient and increased snowmaking, allowing for added time and enjoyment on the slopes this season.  This year’s $3.3 million brings the total investment for this independent resort to more than $126 million in the past 24 years.

Other projects include the replacement of the Cindy’s Warming Hut and the Mistletoe Lean To, construction of two new connector trails, renovations at the Inn at Holiday Valley, new uniforms for the Mountain Operations department, a new Resort Shuttle Van, new golf carts and new fountains in the golf course ponds.

In May, Katy’s Cafe moved down the street from its former location near the Ellicottville Inn to the old Coffee Culture Building at 10 Washington Street. Katy’s still features funky coffee drinks and unique, delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps, and now guests can hang out at the famous outdoor fire pit while enjoying any or all of the above.

In June, visitors got another fun lodging option when EVL Yurts and Recreation opened at 7756 Route 219, adjacent to the old Riley’s restaurant. Phase 1 of the project included the driveway, parking lot, constructing a small office building with sleeping quarters, and clearing four sites, two of which will house yurts and two of which can be used as rec areas or tent sites. A common fire pit is set slightly away from the camp sites and is meant to encourage community among campers. Learn more at

In July, Ellicottville welcomed Tee Bar with a Twist, a group effort from Kim Reading of Mud Swet ‘n’ Gears and Dina DiPasquale of Dina’s. The shop, located at 8 Washington Street (the former location of Katy’s) offers a variety of soft serve ice cream treats, as well as Ellicottville T-shirts.

In September, Ellicottville welcomed a tasty new bakery—Cupcaked at 22 Monroe Street.

Owner Annie Coe grew up baking with her grandmother, who taught her the fundamentals of baking, and turned her passion into a cupcakery that offers not only a wide selection of delectable cupckaes (including gluten free!) but also coffee and work from five local artists, which includes jewelry, wall hangings and more.

Coe also provides day of, month of and full event planning for anything from weddings to anniversary parties to bachelorettes. She will also do custom orders for gourmet cakes and cupcakes.

In November, The Public House of Ellicottville took over the former Cadillac Jack’s at 24 Monroe Street. The Ellicottville location marks the third  restaurant for Frank and Sara Testa, who also own The Public House on Hertel, The Public House on the Lake, located on Route 5 in Hamburg.

All their products are made in house from the burgers to the crab cake, even the chicken fingers. “Pizza will be coming soon too!” she said. There will be weekly features that will typically include a steak, pasta and seafood options. Their prices are competitive and fit with their “craft casual dining” essence.

They have 22 taps with an array of craft brews, along with 50 different selections of cans and bottles, which means even the pickiest of drinkers will find something to sip as they put away some of their famous beer clams or classic poutine.

They can be reached at (716) 699-9001 or find them on social media: Instagram @publichouseellicottville and Facebook The Public House of Ellicottville. Be sure to stop in on your next visit, I am sure they will not disappoint!

EVL Area Gets $900K in Two Grants

Nearly $3.8 million in grants for nine projects across Cattaraugus County were announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Western New York Economic Development Council Awards include two projects in Ellicottville. They are:

• $500,000 for Fitzpatrick & Weller to expand and renovate its hardwood and finished products company in Ellicottville. It will also replace kilns with state-of-the-art equipment to remain competitive, retain jobs and increase productivity; and

• $400,000 for a joint shared engineering services project by the town and village of Ellicottville. It will establish a single engineering department with a full-time engineer working for both municipalities. The new office will oversee the DPW departments and consolidates three part-time positions into one. It will also reduce the need to hire outside engineers.

Special events

Ellicottville is known for its variety of events, happening year-round. In addition to the annual weekends EVL is known for like the Summer Music Festival, Taste of Ellicottville and Fall Festival, a new event was added this year—the Ellicottville Lacrosse Festival.

The joint effort by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce and Rhino Lacrosse saw 38 teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Vermont, Canada, and other places around the region in September. With over 70 games played in two days in two local venues, the village was filled with players, their families and fans of the game. The event promises to be bigger and better in 2018.

Local Government

Kelly Frederickson was appointed as the new Code Enforcement Officer effective Sept. 1. Duties will also include building inspector responsibilities.  Effective Aug. 31, 2017, current Code Enforcement Officer Tom Abriatis retired from his part-time position (with the village and the town). Abriatis held the position since December 2000.

Harold Morton submitted his letter of intent to retire, effective Aug. 31, 2017.  Morton worked for the village of Ellicottville since January 1987, retiring as DPW Superintendent.

In 2016, Chris Woodarek replaced the roof on the Village Park stadium, along with other buildings, with materials bought by the Village of Ellicottville. This summer, all the boards on the seating area of the stadium were replaced by village DPW crews. All that is left is to seal the boards. The stadium will seat up to 250 spectators. Additional work may include enclosing a storage area and constructing a concession stand.

There are currently 55 memorial benches around the village, with requests for at least three more. Over the summer, the village DPW crew replaced the aging wood on all the benches with new tight-knotted cedar wood.


As the new school year began, some changes were in store for ECS. New ECS Superintendent Bob Miller first started working in the Ellicottville School District in July 2005 as the Middle School/High School Principal. On July 1, he began his term as the Superintendent, filling the shoes of former Superintendent Mark Ward, who retired after 42 years in education.

Filling Miller’s spot as middle school and high school principal is Erich Ploetz. Ploetz, an Ellicottville native, was the Junior Senior High School Principal at North Collins and a former Assistant High School Principal in Williamsville. He will receive a probationary term of four years, which began on July 31, 2017.

Be sure to enjoy all Ellicottville has to offer as we head into 2018—there’s always something going on!