• All four one: Ephrata’s plan seeks to unify economic groups

    Ephrata Borough hurdled a difficult obstacle Monday in its two-year pursuit to merge four economic development organizations. Three of the organizations — Downtown Ephrata Incorporated (DEI), the Ephrata Chamber of Commerce, and the Ephrata Alliance — have...

    • Posted March 29, 2017
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  • Lacey Lawson of Ephrata was out enjoying the snow Tuesday as he father Clint was cleaning sidewalks near the square.
    Stella! Winter’s final roar?

    Late snow storm, biggest of season, shuts down area They say March weather comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But what about in between? This year, locals experienced mid-March weather known as...

    • Posted March 15, 2017
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  • Reassessment notices like this one began appearing Friday  in mailboxes
    Reassessment rattles homeowners

    By Patrick Burns Anxiety raged Friday on social media when homeowners opened mail boldly labeled “Important: 2018 Preliminary Property Assessment Notice.” Panicked residents took to Facebook to commiserate about the letters, which advised homeowners of their new...

    • Posted March 9, 2017
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  • Stunning images captured by Rocky Spitler prior to the damaging
storm arriving at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The photos were
taken while heading west on Furnace Hill Road in West Cocalico
    Straight line of destruction

      Tornado-force 95 mph winds ravage Clay, West Cocalico Townships By Patrick Burns “Take Cover! Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Ephrata and Leola until 4:15 p.m.!” That was the Tweet posted by the National Weather Service State...

    • Posted March 2, 2017
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  • The two-story, former Doneckers Restaurant building, most recently occupied by the Sugar Arts Institute is, 7,400 square feet and comes with a 26-space parking lot. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Former Doneckers Restaurant property is under contract

    The former Restaurant at Doneckers property, 333 N. State St., Ephrata, is under contract for sale. John Male, a businessman from Lititz who has family ties to Ephrata, is scheduled to make settlement on the property on...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Trump giving his acceptance speech Jan. 20 on the National Mall.
    Trump time

    Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration meant many things to many people. Some government estimates suggest that a record number viewed the event live, on TV, or through electronic devices as smartphone ownership and social media usage have nearly...

    • Posted January 26, 2017
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    ‘None of the above’ Locals cast write-in votes in presidential election

    Write in votes in the 2016 Presidential Election included Ted Nugent Chase Utley, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Chuck Norris By Patrick Burns Judging by the flood of post-election media coverage, it appears the 2016 presidential race has never...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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  • West Cocalico Supervisors prepare for Tuesday night’s meeting. From left, James J. Stoner, Ray Burns, and Leon Eby. Photo by Patrick Burns
    One year on, Ephrata Police coverage going well

      It has been a year since West Cocalico Township contracted coverage with Ephrata Police, terminating years of having that service provided by the East Cocalico Police Department. Looking back over the past 12 months, Ephrata Police...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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  • Photo by Patrick Burns. Workers excavating an area near the sinkhole, which took out the West Pine and Park Avenue intersection, stretched to 60 feet wide by 100 feet long.
    Sinkhole solved

    An early morning sinkhole in Philadelphia on a frigid Sunday morning perhaps offers perspective of how a street collapse of similar size in Ephrata Nov. 8 could have been much worse. While both sinkholes left nearby residents...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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  • Tour of hope stops at Wellspan Cancer Center. Singer Charlie Lustman, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in his jaw 10 years ago, travels across the country singing songs in a unique way that resonates with cancer patients. On Dec. 13, he brought his Musical HOPE Campaign Tour to WellSpan's Ephrata Cancer Center. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Music medicine

    Entertainer Charlie Lustman doesn’t sing the standards and his stage is about as far as you can get from a glitzy rock show with fancy lights and flashy pyrotechnics. But Lustman’s shows are in fact larger-than-life and...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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