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    ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

    Seriously, with this review I want to make it blatantly obvious I am speaking about the movie “American Sniper” and not the real life warrior the movie is based on, Chris Kyle. Kyle’s legacy is a national...

    • Posted January 21, 2015
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  • Mary Martin (on stage, right) auditions for the upcoming CAFÉ Variety Show to be staged at Ephrata Main Theater on Feb. 8.  Looking on are (left to right) Terry Kreider, David Dierwechter, Karen Brown and Steve Brown.
    A second ‘act’

    For the trio of Steve Brown, Terry Kreider, and David Dierwechter, making the Ephrata Main Theatre a center for arts for the entire community is more than just a vision. Their new mission is to reinvigorate the...

    • Posted January 14, 2015
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  • James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen portray a pair of talk show aces sent to North Korea to interview/kill
Kim Jong-un in poltical satire “The Interview.” (Photo courtesy of yahoo.com)
    New Year and ‘The Interview’

    It’s been a rather predictable couple weeks at the box office (except for the hullabaloo surrounding the release/postponing/release of “The Interview,” see below). “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” has done exactly what film fans...

    • Posted January 7, 2015
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    Black Forest Brewery opens

    There’s a new brew in town. Actually there are five new brews in town. While I was busy getting “canned” at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company for their six pack release, a new brewery in Ephrata was...

    • Posted January 6, 2015
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    Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

    The end is nigh … or is it just the beginning? In the story of Middle Earth “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is just the midpoint. But this is the end of the films...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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    St. Boniface products now available in cans! The moment many fans of St. Boniface Craft Brewing have been waiting for is finally here. No longer is a growler necessary to get beer to go. Six-packs of Libation...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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    ‘The Pyramid’ and ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

    Welcome to what some call the dead zone, the movie industry’s moniker for the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas releases. Why is it dead? Well, because jockeying for position in the box office rankings is hard, having...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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    ‘Tomorrow’ is now: EPAC presents “Annie”

    I have to admit, I went into the opening night performance of EPAC’s “Annie” on Thursday, Dec. 4 with a bias. Not long ago, I saw a superb version of the musical. You see, it wasn’t even...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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  • Photo courtesy of Stoudt’s
Belsnickel Lager, available at Stoudt’s Brewing Company, incorporates ginger, cinnamon, plums and raisins.
    Local brews for the holidays

    ‘Tis the season! Thanksgiving has come and gone and I feel I can finally talk about holiday beers (although most brewers are as overzealous as many Christmas fanatics who celebrate earlier and earlier every year and have...

    • Posted December 3, 2014
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    And the winner is…

    Delicious! The winner is delicious. I’m talking about the winner of the Lititz Craft Beer Festival’s homebrew competition. A Smoked Chipotle Porter created by Brian Thomas, Jason Clement, and Will Meiser was crowned king of homebrews during...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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