• Members of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Drugs, who met July 13 at Wellspan Ephrata Hospital, include (left to right) Eric Kennel of Compass Mark, Ephrata Mayor Ralph Mowen, Chief William Harvey, Deb Bard of T.W. Ponessa, Beth Bulat, Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Denise Sipe of T.W. Ponessa, and Sandy Paradis, The Rase Project (in foreground).
    Mayor assembles ‘drug roundtable’

    Five-pillar approach to address drug treatment, prevention, policing, harm reduction, and recovery During a recent economic symposium, residents compiled a list of downtown Ephrata’s advantages and drawbacks for a panel of professionals looking for development options for...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Borough stormwater project underway

    Workers will check and repair new storm sewer pipes, catch basins and manholes where required; replace some existing water service lines and   existing curb and sidewalk. Completion is expected by mid September. A portion of Ephrata Borough’s...

    • Posted July 12, 2017
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  • This historic property at 207 E. Main St., built in 1850, was owned by two of Ephrata's most prominent citizens, Anne Brossman Sweigart and Bertha Blair. An online auction to sell the home is scheduled June 24-27. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Historic Brossman home going to auction

    The former home of Anne Sweigart Brossman at 207 E. Main St. is up for auction following a foreclosure sale two years ago by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office, according to court records. County court documents show...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • State Sen. Ryan Aument articulates a question to Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. at Brossman Business Complex June 15. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Davin draws a crowd at Chamber luncheon

    A packed house attended the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon June 15 that featured Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. Davin spoke at Brossman Business Complex on a series of...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • The Ketchum family open the New Main Thursday evening. They are (left to right) Penn, Aimee, Marley and Kayla.
    Now showing: Revamped Main opens Thursday

    The first movies arrived Tuesday, employee training begins today, and the opening curtain drops Thursday night at the New Main theater. “We’re ready to go,” said owner Penn Ketchum. “So far the local response has been incredible.”...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • Brendan Holbritter began a 48-day hospital stay critically injured. But the 17-year-old Ephrata High School athlete this week shot hoops and swam in the family’s backyard pool near a "Welcome Home Brendan" sign placed June 7, the day of his return. Photo by Paulette Holbritter
    ‘This community stepped up’

    Brendan Holbritter’s near-death experience and miraculous recovery sets stage for one-on-one hoops match with ‘Father John’ Father John McLoughlin, pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, and parishioner Brendan Holbritter, 17-year-old Ephrata High School junior, recently...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • Cinder, the new and improved version, debuts at Applebee's Restaurant at 5 p.m. on June 13
    Comic unmakeover

    Cinder the Fire Protection Clown is gone forever. But his successor may look a bit familiar to those who’ve encountered the popular Pioneer Fire Company mascot at schools, parades and other events. Cinder, the new and improved...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Ephrata Main Theatre changing hands

    At the end of the week, Penn and Amiee Ketchum will take control of and begin renovations of the Ephrata Main Theatre. Owners Steve and Karen Brown, who’ll open the theater for one last weekend, had struggled...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • Romao R. Carrasco defeated Noelle Fortna in the GOP primary for East Cocalico Board of Supervisors. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Carrasco wins in E. Cocalico

    DA Craig Stedman bested four other candidates to win the GOP primary and spot on the November ballot seeking one of four open Superior Court seats. Low voter turnout on a sunny, warm Tuesday was obvious at...

    • Posted May 17, 2017
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  • Field set for Tuesday’s primary election

      by  PATRICK BURNS It may be hard to believe that it’s been six months since our last election as public discussion rages on about the November race. Certainly this Tuesday’s primary elections lack the mass appeal...

    • Posted May 10, 2017
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