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Monday, March 21, 2011

Peek'n Peak Resort Next Stop for East Coast Snocross Series


After a pair of off-weekends that saw some teams venture west to compete in national events, the time has come to get back at it here in the east.

With just two points races remaining, those in the hunt for class titles will be highly focused as East Coast Snocross (ECS) gets set for Round 8 on the 2011 schedule on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, at the beautiful Peek'n Peak Resort& Spa in Findley Lake, New York.

Spectator gates open at 10 a.m. each day, with racing getting under way promptly at 10:30 a.m. Admission is just $12 per day for adults, children age 10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes (valid through the weekend) will be available for an extra $10.

Leading the charge into Findley Lake is Pro division point leader Mathieu Morin. The veteran rider from Val-D'Or, QC, has enjoyed a dominant season, winning 10 finals and the prestigious ECS $3,000 Challenge. Other Pro riders to watch as they chase Morin in Findley Lake include Hulten Speed Sports teammates Danny Poirier and Matt Piche (Polaris); Green Mountain Racing teammates Jason Boron and Matt Pichner (Arctic Cat); along with rookie sensations Corin Todd (Arctic Cat) and Lincoln Lemieux (Ski-doo).

Riders to watch in the talent-filled Semi-Pro division include point leaders Jacob Muller (Saturday) and Lucas Brunelle (Sunday). Only two points separate Brunelle from Chris Ackerman, while Muller maintains an 11-point margin over Ackerman in Saturday competition. Other Semi-Pro riders who will be gunning for wins and podium finishes include Jesse James Bonaduce, Jake daSilva, Dale Petrus, Joey Stock and Todd Smith.

Along with a full card points racing in the Pro and Semi-Pro divisions, Round 8 at Peek'n Peak will also feature some great battles in the Sport, Women and Junior divisions. The riders in these developmental classes work just as hard during race weekends while enjoying some great quality time with their families.
Last year at Peek'n Peak, eventual series champion Bobby "The Rage" LePage swept the Pro finals. The highly-aggressive Minnesota native returned to the ISOC national circuit for 2011 and will not be competing. In Semi-Pro action, Corin Todd and Ash Woskob split the finals. Todd has advanced to the Pro ranks while Woskob is currently out with a broken wrist.

Conveniently located just a short drive from several major interstate highways, the Peek'n Peak Resort& Spa is home to winter's perfect playground. This multi-generational gathering place is ideal for families and groups looking to enjoy the snow on and off the slopes.

Along with a host of restaurants, a ski school, indoor pool and playground, the mountain offers 27 perfectly-groomed trails serviced by eight lifts. Peek'n Peak also features miles of cross-country terrain for skiing and snowshoeing. To learn more, go to www.pknpk.com.

East Coast Snocross, presented by Woody's Traction and AMSOIL, is the new sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the snowbelt, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed Pro teams.
 
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Will strong season ease debt issues at Peek'n Peak?






    The Willis kids have been waiting for this.

    Their membership in the Meadville Snow Leopards group allows them to ski at Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa every Sunday. They haven't missed a week.
    Beginning Monday, the girls' passes are valid every day. It's one way the resort, about four miles south of Findley Lake, N.Y., acknowledges that spring is coming.
    "We're hoping for another storm," said their mother, Chris Norwood. "We're snow people. And this has been a fabulous winter."
    The Peak's managers think so, too.
    "The snow has been great," said Robert Swenson, the resort's president. He's hoping for cold weather through March 27, when the resort hosts the East Coast Snocross finals.
    "After that," he said, "we'll have to play it day by day."
    The Peak needed a big winter. The resort's owner, Ohio-based Kiebler Recreation LLC, filed for bankruptcy protection in May, claiming debts of $28 million.
    The bulk of that money -- $15.6 million -- was owed to Huntingdon National Bank. The bank attempted to foreclose on the property, only to back off in December, giving the Peak another ski season to generate income.
    The arrangement requires monthly payments over a period of 25 years, with a balloon payment at the end of the fifth year.
    Swenson would not discuss the specifics.
    "There is nothing to report at this time," he said. "It's moving forward. And it really has not affected us at all."
    New York state regulators added another hurdle in December. A court motion by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation noted violations at the Peak's sewage-treatment facility, and at three gas wells owned by the resort.
    The wells had been abandoned but not plugged, the department alleged. The sites were not marked.
    State regulators say those problems have been corrected. They have not alleged that any pollution occurred.
    "The facility has been extremely cooperative and responsive," said Lori Severino, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Conservation. "That's worth noting."
    The sewage issue has not yet been settled. A state permit issued in 2007 required the resort to design improvements to its on-site treatment plant, which discharges into French Creek, according to the court filing.
    The permit was modified in 2009. The resort's operators had decided not to expand -- a move that would have stressed the existing sewage system, according to the court records.
    The records were filed in Ohio, where Kiebler Recreation is based.
    The state still required design improvements to the sewage plant. The Peak's operators said the bankruptcy filing had delayed that.
    "Our resort has experienced a couple of devastating financial years, due to many factors," General Manager Brad Gravink wrote in an undated letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation. "Once we emerge from this, we will be in a position to engineer, seek approval and install the required improvements."
    A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for March 15.
    The financial issues at the 1,150-acre resort could have an effect on all of Chautauqua County. No company brings more business to the county in winter, said Andrew Nixon, the executive director of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau.
    "They've had three good ski seasons in a row," Nixon said. "This year probably has been the best because of the consistency of the snowfall.
    "If they didn't have that debt," he said, "they'd have been wildly profitable in the last couple years."
    Swenson, the resort's president, said his focus is on the future. When the seasons change, the Peak's income will shift from lift tickets to greens fees.
    "Everybody's still thinking 'ski'," he said. "But we're pretty much in golf mode right now."

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    Lakewood Board Approves Wine Retailer

     
     
    March 5, 2011 - By Dennis Phillips, dphillips@post-journal.com
    LAKEWOOD - If everything proceeds as planned, there will be a new wine and liquor store along Chautauqua Avenue this summer.
    On Monday, the Lakewood Village Board approved a special-use permit application for Samuel Whitmore of Lakewood. Whitmore is in the process of opening the store to mainly sell wine at 119 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood.
    Duane Anderson, village trustee, said Whitmore is planning to carry wine vintages that are not currently available in the area.
    Whitmore was not at the meeting to give comment on his new business. However, according to the minutes of the village's Feb. 16 Planning Board meeting, Whitmore said he is going to provide a different, more specialized selection of wine. Whitmore, who said he has worked in the wine business for many years in California, hopes to appeal to both the tourist from Chautauqua Institution during the summer months and local residents year round.
    Whitmore said he is going through the application process for a liquor licenses and wants to be able to open his new business by the end of May. He plans to renovate the building for his new wine shop by redoing the floors and installing wood shelves. He said one to two part-time employees also may be hired.
    The planning board also approved the special-use permit application.
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