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Friday, December 16, 2016

Snowmobile trails set to open in Chautauqua County Wednesday

  • By   Buffalo News
  • Published
MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s 450 miles of snowmobile trails will open for the season Wednesday, weather permitting, County Executive Vince Horrigan announces. The trails, which are patrolled by the sheriff’s snowmobile division, attract more than 15,000 riders annually.
The trails are maintained by the county’s five snowmobile clubs, the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, the Cherry Creek Sno-Goers, the Ellery Sno-Cruisers, the Lake Effect Trailbreakers and the Sunset Drifters, along with landowners and volunteers.
Current trail conditions are available by calling toll-free (800) 242-4569. Interactive trail maps also are available on the websites of the snowmobile clubs.
Snowmobiles can be registered at the county’s three Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Dunkirk, Jamestown and Mayville. For information on hours and fees, call 753-4229 or visit the county clerk’s website at

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Ellicottville Brewing Company Expands

Little Valley is getting a concoction of new brews. Like Blueberry Wheat, 2 Brothers, and Stainless Steel IPA — three beers produced by Ellicottville Brewing Company.
EBC has cleared one of its final hurdles with its plans to open a brewery, tasting room, museum and outdoor concert venue.
The County of Cattaraugus Industrial Development Agency’s directors approved tax breaks for the planned $5.5 million project that will bring new life to a vacant building along Second Street in Little Valley. As many as 30 people will be hired for the project.
“This is significant, in a lot of different and important ways, for Little Valley,” said Corey Wiktor, County of Cattaraugus IDA executive director. Little Valley is less than 10 miles from Ellicottville.
Wiktor said the project qualifies for tax breaks because it is manufacturing based but also has a tourism, agri-business and adaptive re-use attributes.
Work on the building, last used by Salamanca Beverage Co. as a distribution center, is extensive including roof and siding repairs, parking lot improvements and electrical upgrades - all needed before the beer making equipment can be installed.
Unlike Ellicottville Brewing Co.’s locations in Ellicottville, Fredonia and Bemus Point, the focus on the Little Valley project will be on beer production, the concert venue and museum, which will focus on the craft brewery industry.
Little Valley will be the company’s primary brewery while Ellicottville will shift to the production on a new line of aged beers.
Founded in 1995, Ellicottville Brewery Co. now sells its beer in four states and in South Korea.
The company has 160 employees spread among its three locations.
Work on the project is expected to start later this winter with the production facility and tasting room anticipated to open late next year and the concert venue and museum to follow in 2018.
James Fink covers real estate, commercial development and government

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Aretha Franklin set to open Chautauqua Institution's 2017 season

The Queen of Soul's June 24 concert will kick off a season featuring Lewis Black, Garrison Keillor, the Beach Boys, more headliners.
There's plenty to R-E-S-P-E-C-T about the upcoming Chautauqua Institution entertainment lineup.
Iconic singer Aretha Franklin — known for her hits "Respect," "Natural Woman" and "Chain of Fools" — will kick off the summer 2017 season with a soulful concert on June 24, 8:15 p.m., at the amphitheater. Other recently announced headliners include Lewis Black, who will give a lecture on July 31, 10:45 a.m., and a season finale concert by the Beach Boys on Aug. 26, 8:15 p.m., at the amphitheater.
Tickets are $69 and $50 for the Franklin and Beach Boys concerts, respectively, and go on sale starting Jan. 9. A gate pass, also on sale starting Jan. 9, is required to attend Black's lecture.
More 2017 season highlights include An Evening with Garrison Keillor (July 21; $42), a lecture by Bill Moyers (July 10; gate pass required), the Raleigh Ringers (July 12; $20) and the Joey Alexander Trio (Aug. 24; $43).
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Chautauqua Institution Amp comes down in controlled collapse

The Associated Press
Posted: Sep. 16, 2016 8:00 am
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — The Chautauqua Institution's 123-year-old amphitheater has been demolished to make way for a new venue that leaders say will have a similar feel but be safer and more accessible.
The roof of the structure came down in a controlled collapse Wednesday evening.
Crews are expected to have the site cleared by the end of next week.
Opponents have fought the project for two years, saying the structure is historic and should be preserved.
The new venue is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2017 summer season.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Autumn in Chautauqua

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