There are 18 blog entries for February 2010.
Sunday, February 21st, 2010 at 7:40pm. 588 Views, 0 Comments.
By Janice HabudaNews Staff Reporter Buffalo News Published: February 20, 2010, 6:43 am Many days this winter, dawn at Kissing Bridge has broken with the same scene as the morning before. A layer of new snow. "It seems like the old movie "Groundhog Day,' " said Mark Halter, president of the Glenwood ski area. "You get up in the morning, there's four inches of snow." Skiers and snowboarders couldn't ask for better conditions or weather after an unusually dry and warm November when it was too warm to even make snow. "It's been a really, really nice year," said Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. "We've had really consistent weather ... a little bit of snow at a time." As a result, business has been brisk,…
Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 9:30am. 594 Views, 0 Comments.
MAYVILLE - Frigid temperatures and steady snowfall typically aren't good things for construction crews, unless it's the crew that recently completed building the Ice Castle in Mayville.
With the official lighting of the Ice Castle slated for 6:30 p.m. tonight at Lakeside Park, the ceremony kicks off a weekend-long celebration that has enough events and attractions to offer a little something for everyone.
Following the grand opening of the 2010 Ice Festival, people looking to have a good time around 8 p.m. can cruise over to either the Mayville Legion, where there will be softball bracketing and a party, or to Chautauqua Suites where guests will be treated to the soul sounds of New Orleans native Larry LZ Dillon in the Belini Lounge. In conjunction with…
Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 9:22am. 602 Views, 0 Comments.
Thanks to available tax credit programs, real estate professionals had a strong finish in 2009.
Statewide sales of existing single-family homes in the state rebounded from a double-digit deficit in the first half of the year to finish only 3.2-percent behind 2008 total. According to preliminary existing single-family sales data accumulated by the New York State Association of Realtors, 77,176 homes were sold statewide during 2009.
''As 2009 progressed, the combination of the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit, historically low mortgage rates and moderating prices resulted in New Yorkers gaining confidence about it being a good time to buy a home in the Empire State,'' said Duncan R. MacKenzie, New York State Association of Realtors chief executive…
Monday, February 8th, 2010 at 6:06pm. 1258 Views, 0 Comments.
A Look Back At Castles Of Years Gone By
The day was Feb. 21, 1987.
The weather was clear and cold, but invigorating. The event was a first for Chautauqua County - The Ice Castle Extravaganza! That first castle, built entirely by volunteers, was 50 feet long and 25 feet high. Inside were 82 colored spotlights illuminating the 750 blocks of ice cut from frozen Chautauqua Lake, each weighing between 400 and 500 pounds. Mayville cured "Cabin Fever" that year and has been doing it ever since.
The ice castle in 1987 was part of the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region "I Love New York Victorian Winter Festival" and was advertised as a one-day event. Those involved were stunned when an estimated 25,000 people came to Mayville that Saturday - and the…
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 4:14pm. 612 Views, 0 Comments.
BUSTI - Busti residents will soon be asked what want like to see in the town's future.
The Busti Town Board has been working on a comprehensive plan for several months and will soon request citizens to give their input into what they would like to see in the town.
Kathleen Sullivan, Busti supervisor, said town officials will hold public meetings in April or May to gather responses that could be used in the plan.
''We're preparing to set up public meetings in April or May, once the weather is better, to see from the town what they want to see,'' she said.
The comprehensive plan is a document town officials will use to determine community goals and aspirations for future development. The document usually includes a plan for public policy in terms of…
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 at 10:44am. 608 Views, 0 Comments.
Chautauqua County can be more than just the sum of its parts.
Before those interested can help the region reach its potential, however, the county's assets need to be inventoried.
In 2007, the Chautauqua County Planning Board requested that a Comprehensive Plan Task Force be created to come up with a clear vision for the county.
With a structure for the process in place and a timeline established, officials are ready to hear from residents about what they believe the county has to offer.
The time is now.
Two public meetings will be held this week, both at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are informational sessions, meant to educate about the planning process and the results of a recently completed county-wide phone survey. They will also serve as a forum for…
Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 2:03pm. 940 Views, 0 Comments.
In November, the number of homes sold in the state jumped 34 percent and increased 25 percent in the county when compared to 2008 statistics.
The increase brought housing sales numbers for both the state and county back to 2007 levels.
''While the jump in sales compared to last November is obviously a positive sign for the state housing market, the 5.5 percent increase compared to 2007 indicates a return to a typical November sales level,'' said Duncan R. MacKenzie, New York State Association of Realtors chief executive officer. ''This is a strong indicator of the continued recovery of the statewide housing market.''
With the extension of the first-time home buyer credit in November and a new state program that went into effect at the start of the…
Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 11:58am. 2807 Views, 1 Comments.
Friday, February 12
Lake Side Park
Official Lighting of Ice Castle
Presentation of Medallion Treasure Hut Medallion Winner
Mayville Legion (RT 394)
Softball Bracketing and Party
Saturday, Feb 13
Gravitt’s Field (Valley Street)
Snowball (softball) Tournament
Lake Side Park
Concession / Venders Open
50/50 Drawing, Ice Castle Pictures for sale *Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber Table
Giant kids Slide
Kids Corner Edible Crafts *Community Center BLD.
Rainbow the Clown-Face Painting/Balloon Sculptures *Community Center BLD.
Ice Sculpture demo
Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 11:12am. 756 Views, 0 Comments.
MAYVILLE - National Grid will connect the county's methane-fired power plant to its lines in the next two weeks.
Completed last year, the plant was initially expected to be online as early as November or December. Once connected, the county can begin producing electricity for profit.
Edwards announced the news of the coming connection Monday in his weekly newsletter, which is available online at Chautauqua County Website
In anticipation of the long-awaited connection, the county will test the plant's engines on Friday, Feb. 12.
"The engines are impressive, and the 6.4 megawatts of electricity that will be produced at the plant will result in a profit of over $2 million per year to county taxpayers," Edwards wrote.
A pre-test review was conducted…
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 10:01pm. 802 Views, 1 Comments.
BEMUS POINT - The family of current Village Casino operator Steve Carlson will continue to run the facility for the next five years.
The Bemus Point Village Board will enter into a contract with Professional Hospitality - one of two bidders proposing to operate the site once the village's current lease with Carlson expires in October. Ellicottville Brewing Company also submitted a proposal.
The decision wasn't unanimous, however.
Village Trustee Chris Wight cast the only opposing vote to award the contract to Professional Hospitality. She said her vote against the contract is because she wanted to table the vote in order to get more public input.
"We have nothing to gain by…
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