Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ski and golf in the same location this weekend

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ELLICOTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s not the mix of recreation you’d expect in Western New York, skiing and golfing at the same location, but it’s happening this weekend at Holiday Valley – maybe.
The ski resort in Ellicottville will be open this weekend, April 12 and 13, with one lift operating. The Yodeler lift will be in operation from 8:30 to 4:30 both Saturday and Sunday with up to 11 slopes available.
The weather will play a big role in determining whether the resort also opens the front nine of the Double Black Diamond Golf Course on Saturday. If so, visitors will have the unusual opportunity to ski the slopes in the morning and golf the course in the afternoon.
It has happened before, but it is considered a rare occurrence in Western New York. Local ski resorts have enjoyed a particularly long season for skiing and snowboarding this year with an early start and an extended period of colder than normal weather.
If skiing and golfing aren’t enough, the resort is hosting a bluegrass and roots music festival Friday through Sunday. You’ll find details and ticket information on the Holiday Valley website:

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Magazine names Chautauqua best small town to visit in U.S.

Smithsonian magazine has named the Town of Chautauqua, best known for its namesake lake and summer-long institution, No. 1 on its latest list of the best small towns in America to visit.
Chautauqua beat out Williamsburg, Va.; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sedona, Ariz. and other popular destinations for top honors in the magazine’s third annual list, which emphasized places that offer “enrichment” to travelers.
In its write-up, Smithsonian raved about the experiences of visitors to the Chautauqua Institution, which dates to 1874.
The magazine reported that its editors worked with a company called Esri to dig through reams of data to find towns with 15,000 or fewer residents that promise access to history, music, visual arts and other cultural aspects.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's winter outside, but at Peek'n Peak, spring ski rates apply

Make one more trip to Peek'n Peak this season -- rates are down, and snowfall totals are up. (Peek'n Peak Resort)
Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer By Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer
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on March 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM, updated March 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM
CLYMER, N.Y. -- What's better than a half foot of fresh powder in mid-March? Reduced spring skiing rates to go with all that white stuff.
Peek'n Peak in western New York is offering reduced-rate lift tickets through the end of the season. A full-day lift ticket is now $35 (down from the regular-season $54 weekend rate); lift tickets for ages 6-11 are $25. Rental rates are also reduced: $23 for skis, $28 for snowboard.
A spring-season lift ticket comes with a two-hour pass to the resort's indoor pool complex as well as half-off child-care rates. Lodging discounts are also available.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tour Chautauqua

Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau                                         E-NEWS    March 2014
what's  happening
March 1 - 29, 2014 - Women Create Art Exhibit, 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Jamestown
March 1 - May 25, 2014 - Bob Hines, National Wildlife Artist Exhibit, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown
March 6, 2014- An Evening with Ronan Tynan, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Jamestown
March 7, 2014 - Wits 'n Giggles: Friday Night Comedy, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena
March 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2014 - Wait Until Dark, Scharmann Theatre, Jamestown Community College
March 15, 2014 - Bucket List: Ancient Trees Field Trip, College Lodge and Lily Dale Assembly
March 15, 2014 - Spring Fest - Pond Skimming and Cardboard Box Derby, Peek'n Peak Resort
March 15, 2014 - St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Gateway Train Station, Jamestown
March 22-23 & 29-30, 2014 - Maple Weekends, NYS Maple Producers 
upcoming events
Wine & Cheese Weekend, Lake Erie Wine Country - May 16-18, 2014
Open Studio Tour, Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail - May 24-25 & May 31-June 1, 2014
Chautauqua in Bloom, various locations and experiences throughout Chautauqua County - May 24 - June 20, 2014
Roger Tory Peterson Bird Fest, Jamestown - June 6-7, 2014
Chautauqua Institution's 2014 Program Season - June 21 - August  24, 2014
See the complete calendar of events.
Sweet Anticipation
NYS Maple Weekends, March 22-23 & 29-30
Warmer days and freezing nights is a sure sign of the coming spring. It's also the start of Maple syrup season. Visit local sugar houses March 22-23 and 29-30 during New York State's annual Maple Weekends, a state-wide open house promoting maple syrup producers. Watch the sap as it boils, sample maple candy, or savor warm syrup with a pancake breakfast. For details and a list of local participants and activities, Visit Maple Weekend. 
An Evening with Ronan Tynan
March 6, 2014, 7-9pm
Spend an evening at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and enjoy the songs of a modern day "Renaissance Man" and classically-trained vocalist. One of the original Irish Tenors, Ronan Tynan will surely put you in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. As an Irish Tenor, he has traveled the world, recorded albums and appeared on popular PBS specials televised internationally. For tickets, visit the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. 
Snow Sports in Spring 
It looks like winter conditions will continue for a little while and starting this week, Peek'n Peak Resort offers its spring rates for lift tickets and ski and snowboard rentals. Snow tubing tickets are buy one, get one on Mondays and Thursdays. And, for one last blowout for the winter season, Spring Fest takes place on March 15th with live music, drink specials, giveaways, Pondskimming and a Cardboard Box Derby. 
Vacation Planning

Request an "I Love New York" 2014 Chautauqua County Visitors Guide for help in planning your vacation. The 80 page, four-color guide includes information on what to do and where to play, stay, shop, and dine in Chautauqua County. A County locator map is included in the center of the guide. Request a copy or call 866-908-ILNY (4569).
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P. O. Box 1441 
Chautauqua NY 147122 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick deadline moved to mid March

Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick deadline moved to mid March - | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Dunkirk | The Observer

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Self Tooting Chautauqua Lakefront Sales Stats

2013  Single Family Lakefront Sales:

52 Sales

Our firm Real Estate Advantage Sold  28 of the 52 for 53%

Of the 28  sold by Real Estate Advantage Rick or Julia McMahon sold 11 for 39%
or 21% of the 52 sales

Between REA and US out of the 52 sales our company had 25 of the sold listings or 48%

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Holiday Valley unveils electric vehicle charging station

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 11:31 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Fri Feb 21, 2014.
ELLICOTTVILLE — Visitors to Holiday Valley who arrived in an electric vehicle can now charge their vehicles for free at a new charging station at the resort. The charging station, located behind the Inn at Holiday Valley and includes two ports, was installed as part of a partnership with National Grid, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and ChargePoint. The station is one of more than 15 charging stations in Western New York and the second in Cattaraugus County, according to Al Wager, manager of community and customer management for National Grid. The other county station is at the Olean Center Mall.
During a brief demonstration Friday, Wager noted Holiday Valley is a perfect location for a charging station; a full charge takes approximately 7 to 8 hours and can be done while the travelers are enjoying the resort.
“Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around,” Wager said. “They’re a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future. We’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers.”
Wager noted the average fuel cost of transportation with an electric vehicle is 3 cents or less per mile, compared to about 15 cents per mile for a gas-powered vehicle. And at Holiday Valley, the vehicles are charged free.
“Holiday Valley not only hosts this particular location but also pays for the electricity consumed at this station,” he said. “We particularly want to thank our partners in this broad effort — NYSERDA and ChargePoint — as well as our host partners, including Holiday Valley.”
Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley, said she is excited to have the charging station at the resort for its customers.
“It’s a look into the future,” she said. She added that as a business dependant on weather, Holiday Valley sees this as a “good first step” in doing something proactive to care for the environment.
ChargePoint, the power station’s manufacturer, operates stations in more than 14 countries. Its website and smartphone apps allow users to find a power station and see if it’s being occupied.
The power station’s installation is part of a $1 million public/private partnership between ChargePoint and NYSERDA. Early in 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Charge NY program, which among other goals calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018.
(This story appears in the Feb. 27, 2014 edition of The Salamanca Press.)

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