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We almost made it!

WNYMBA would like to be the first to congratulate Richmond Virginia MORE on winning the East Coast Bell Built grant.  WNYMBA is proud of the deep support that we received throughout the Western New York community.  Even though we were unsuccessful in pursuit of this grant, losing 13,896 - 13,029, we believe that it is a win for WNYMBA and Western New York to realize the enthusiasm and effectiveness of this particular group of volunteers - WNYMBA - in our continuing efforts to make Western New York a better place.  Even without this grant, WNYMBA will continue in our efforts to develop trails in the forests of WNY, and will continue to pursue grant opportunities to develop a wider variety of trail types in our area, including more flow, downhill, and beginner trails.

Special thanks go out the to the following for doing a tremendous amount of work spreading the word about this contest and helping WNYMBA to a strong second place finish:

  • Holiday Valley
  • Elllicottville Chamber of Commerce
  • Cattaraugus County Tourism
  • Ellicottville Brewing Company

In addition, we'd like to thank the Wonderful Community of WNY and all the many individuals who dug in and helped with our campaign. You know who you are and so do we – thanks!

Confirmation E-mail Blues?

Have you had trouble getting your confirmation e-mail from Bell for your Bellbuilt vote?

Bell is looking into the problem, but needs to know if this really is a big problem.  if you never got your confirmation e-mail (or your friend or coworker never did), please let us know by e-mailing

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We need to hear from as many people as possible that never got the confirmation e-mail, so that they can be aware of the size of the problem.  Please let us know what e-mail address you used to vote.

One note: Bell's IT consultant says you should not use IE8 (or older), so you may want to retry with Chrome/Firefox/Safari first if you used IE8 before.

 

Today's daily video outtake

Dennis did a great job as our Bell Built video star, and many thanks to Holiday Valley's Ashley for putting it all together.  Bell used it right as we submitted rather than making it from various clips.  But we still provided them with additional clips and stills per their request; they just never were used.  Now, they will see the light of day.

For our first outtake, here is our very own Toddler explaining why you need to vote!

Keep those votes coming - They count!

Heard lots of stories of rounding up votes on Day 2.  Great Job!

Yes, we know the vote totals don't seem to be updating when new people vote.  But your vote still counts.  We are sure the numbers will move again soon.  This is the third of three BellBuilt elections, so all the kinks should be worked out.

We have also had some reports of delayed receipt of the confirmation e-mail.  Remember, the vote doesn't count if you don't click on the link in that e-mail.  Some people have reported delays of 20-30 minutes before this arrives, so keep checking.  There have been a few reports of no confirmation link coming through.  If that happens, check your spam folder or trash folder to see if your spam filter misidentified it.  If it never comes, fire off an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will look into it.

The central region voting winner needed 12,000 votes to take the prize, so we have our work cut out for us.  Keep up the great work and spread the word!

Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.