• Akron’s Hillcrest will remain open in 2019

    Swim club approaches council about its future Hillcrest Swim Club officials say the gates will open for the 2019 swimming season. That’s news because the 88-member club, an Akron institution since 1960, faced a boatload of financial...

    • Posted January 16, 2019
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  • Cookie Lady already expanding business

    A little more than a month after her first sale, Laura Merkel has grown her one-woman cookie business with the hiring of a full-time assistant, Lilly Furlow, and an upcoming move into a second storefront at 30...

    • Posted January 9, 2019
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  • Soggy Shoe Drop rings in Akron’s new year

    Umbrellas and raincoats were a big part of the 2018 New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop celebration at Akron’s Broad Street park. Rain throughout the day and into the early evening hours undoubtedly convinced many people to stay...

    • Posted January 2, 2019
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  • Akron plans to Shoe-In the new year

    A giant shoe will drop from the sky at Akron’s Broad Street park at midnight on Monday Dec. 31, and you’re invited to watch. The Shoe-In is an annual family fun event scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday...

    • Posted December 26, 2018
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  • Neighborhood Santa’s sleigh pays a visit to Ephrata Applebee’s

    Santa showed up 12 days early at the Ephrata Applebee’s on Saturday morning, loaded with gifts for a special group of 53 kids. The children received gift bags of goodies thanks to the months-long tireless work of...

    • Posted December 19, 2018
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  • Cookies selling like hotcakes for new Main Street entrepreneur

    Laura Merkel has a storefront, 3,000 cookie cutters, and a mission. Her mission is to take over the role of breadwinner for her family–husband Wayne, their son Ryan Merkel, a fourth-grader at Highland Elementary, and their daughter,...

    • Posted December 12, 2018
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  • Akron approves 2019 tax hike

    Akron homeowners will pay 30 percent more in real estate taxes in 2019 than they paid in 2018 after borough council approved a boost in the tax rate from 2.32 mills per thousand dollars of assessed value...

    • Posted December 12, 2018
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  • Pancake Farm partners hang up their aprons

    “I could go to the Pancake Farm by myself and not feel alone,” Cindy Potts said Saturday morning as she was waiting for the last Pancake Farm breakfast she would ever have that would be cooked by...

    • Posted December 5, 2018
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  • Akron seeks 30% property tax hike

    Akron borough council on Monday took the first step in raising the real estate millage rate from 2.32 mills to 3 mills. Council voted to advertise an ordinance that would raise an extra $180,000 for the borough’s...

    • Posted November 14, 2018
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  • Remembering Ephrata’s fallen

    Anna Kemper was a young woman who volunteered to be a U.S. Army nurse shortly after the U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917. She began her service on Aug. 15, 1917, and died at...

    • Posted November 7, 2018
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