• Photo by Patrick Burns


At Hawk Valley Golf Course, Jim Summers, right, prepares to award the winners of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce trophy. The Chamber was told that Hawk Valley was closing its front nine and building homes on the Brecknock Township course. The property is owned by Landmark Homes of Ephrata Township.
    Hawk Valley homes planned for November

                    Landmark has renewed plans for The Villages at Hawk Valley, which would replace fairways and sand traps with houses on the course, which is bisected by Crestview Drive. By...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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    Emotions flare over horse beating incident

    By Patrick Burns An Ephrata Township 20-year-old went to District Judge Tony Russell’s office Monday to pay fines relating to an Aug. 2 incident which elicited social media criticism and rage often directed squarely on the local...

    • Posted August 11, 2016
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  • Elsa, the lost and found dog
    Elsa’s 13-day (mis)adventure

    “As she got a little closer, her tail started waging and Lisa knew that Elsa recognized her.” You may have noticed flyers posted around town seeking the public’s help in finding Elsa, a Havanese dog who took...

    • Posted July 27, 2016
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    Members seek  immediate change in  pool visitor policy

                “We have a level of expectation we hold ourselves to and we want to see that level of expectation held to everyone who visits.”      Steve Heffner  Ephrata Community Pool member...

    • Posted July 20, 2016
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    Local cops respond to recent police tragedies

    Lititz Police Chief Kerry Nye and Ephrata PD boss William Harvey responded on Tuesday after two days of horror on the national stage began with the tragic deaths of two black shooting victims stopped by police on...

    • Posted July 13, 2016
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  • Vince DePaul serves up Lancaster Brewing Company’s popular seasonal “Blue Trail Lemon Blueberry SHandy." Photo by Patrick Burns
    Ephrata Brewfest Success!

    “Really good beer, really good people, and really good weather.” That’s how Ephrata resident Ron Malkin summed up the inaugural Ephrata Brewfest last Saturday. The event, which was three years in the making, amazed even veterans of...

    • Posted June 29, 2016
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  • (Left to right) Chief William Harvey, Lt. Thomas Shumaker, Lt. Christopher McKim, Mayor Ralph Mowen, and Scott McCloud hold a box donated to Ephrata that honors Ephrata Police chief James McCloud, who held the position from 1926 to 1928. Photo by Patrick Burns
    McCloud proud

    Months of indecision preceded Scott McCloud’s call to the Ephrata Police Department in December. Even as Lt. Christopher McKim picked up the phone, McCloud wasn’t convinced if Ephrata PD would be interested in items he’d gathered in...

    • Posted June 29, 2016
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    It’s hop’ning (Ephrata Brewfest Sold-out!)

    Inaugural Ephrata Brewfest rocks Saturday with 12 craft breweries By Patrick Burns The configuration of Saturday afternoon’s inaugural Ephrata Brewfest at the Whistle Stop Plaza Saturday will be an enclosed area that extends from Main Street back...

    • Posted June 23, 2016
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  • Workers prepare the new Route 272 bridge doing the finishing cleaning touches
    New Route 272 bridge opened over Cocalico Creek

    Workers officially completed PennDOT’s $4.2 million bridge replacement project June 3 when the new Route 272 bridge over Cocalico Creek opened to two lanes of traffic. The temporary signals along the Old Mill Road detour remained in...

    • Posted June 8, 2016
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  • (Left to right) Craig Stedman, Lancaster County District Attorney, and emergency room doctors Michael Reihart, of LGH/Penn Medicine, and Dr. Christopher Echterling of Wellspan, discuss the drug addiction epidemic during a forum, at Ephrata High School. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Navigating the heroin minefield

    Everybody knows heroin is a highly addictive opioid narcotic that first robs ambition, then dignity, and, all too often these days, one’s freedom and/or life. The destructive heroin epidemic is widely documented as news stories abound of...

    • Posted June 2, 2016
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