• The port-a-potty located near the Veterans Plaza and Winters Memorial Trail has prompted much discussion at Ephrata Borough Council meetings. Photo by Stan Hall.
    Debate continues over public toilet’s proximity to Winters memorial

    The statue which memorializes Ephrata’s Major Dick Winters will be a stop on the upcoming Celebrate Ephrata 2016 Tour of Historic Places event Oct. 22. It will also be the focal point of an annual Veterans Day...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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    Council approves $1.4 million for ‘smart’ meters

    Ephrata Borough Council has voted to get ‘smart.’ Council on Monday approved the first $150,000 installment for nearly 7,000 smart electric meters that are expected to be placed within a decade at total cost of $1.4 million....

    • Posted September 8, 2016
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  • It was a new school year with a new traffic pattern at Cocalico High School but the anticipation on the students’ faces is a tradition on the first day of classes.
    Area schools open Monday, New program links EASD freshmen

    With the cool air that finally arrived this week, came that realization that it’s almost time for the school bells to once again ring in the area. Monday, Aug. 29 will indeed be opening day in both...

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • New Ephrata Borough Council member Greg Zimmerman is sworn in by mayor Ralph Mowen. Photo by Gary Klinger.
    Open council seat filled

      Three solid candidates. Three rounds of voting. But in the end, it was Greg Zimmerman who was Ephrata Borough Council’s choice to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Dale Hertzog. Tina Thompson, Richard...

    • Posted August 3, 2016
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  • Shown with the winning entries in the DEI/EHS kiosk project are (left to right) Thais Sanchez, Dylan Fritz, Freddie Gomez-Garcia, Nicholas Kitchen and Trevor Henley.
    DEI, EHS partner on kiosk project

    Downtown Ephrata Incorporated (DEI) has always been all about finding great opportunities for businesses within the central business district. However, a recent joint venture with Ephrata High School’s Desktop Publishing II class brought an opportunity for students...

    • Posted August 3, 2016
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    EASD talks tech with parents

    The future is now at the Ephrata Area School District. This fall, all fifth and sixth graders will be assigned iPads, while those in seventh through 12th grade will be assigned laptops. The move signals a major...

    • Posted July 6, 2016
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    EASD agrees to 2 percent tax increase

    School board’s 2016-17 budget is $63.63M, boosted by $1.4M increase in retirement funding liabilities to the PSER’s program Ephrata Area School Board has adopted its 2016-17 budget which includes a 2 percent take hike. With a new...

    • Posted June 23, 2016
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    School board weighs tax hike

    Ephrata area property owners can expect a bump in school taxes this year. A preliminary budget passed by Tuesday by the Ephrata Area School District board includes a 2.9 percent increase. The jump raises the tax rate...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • Library ‘building’ Exploratorium

    Five-phase plan would create revenue generator & more space A new bridge will not be the only major improvement coming soon along Route 272, according to Penny Talbert, executive director of the Ephrata Public Library. In a...

    • Posted April 13, 2016
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  • Lowell Haws (right) was presented with a plaque by Chuck Mummert, 1st vice president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Ephrata’s incorporation as a borough
    Making history: Borough officer saluted statewide

    Last August, Sgt. Eric Schmitt of the Ephrata Police Department was called to a non-responsive victim in the Ephrata Walmart parking lot. Within minutes of arriving, he recognized it was more than a simple case of someone...

    • Posted March 16, 2016
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