• Rider Zane Bradley of New Hampshire gets some air during the Dialed Action Sports BMX show Tuesday night in Tent City
    Stunt bikes thrill Tent City as 98th fair gets underway

    For the first time in 40 years, children attending the Ephrata Fair didn’t dive in the dirt dashinig after a greased pig on a lighted baseball field surrounded by packed bleachers at Tent City. Instead, a smaller...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Ephrata Fair organizers filled the open pig chase slot Sept. 20 at Tent City with Dialed Action Sports Team, a BMX stunt show which also incorporates an anti-drug and anti-bullying message. The canceled pig chase would have marked its 40th anniversary at the 2016 Ephrata Fair.
    Stunt-bike show to replace pig chase

    Touring group will bring anti-drug, anti-bullying message to Tuesday night fair crowd Officials have replaced the scratched rooster and pig chases with a high-flying proxy at the 2016 Ephrata Fair. The Ephrata Farmers Day Association board announced...

    • Posted September 7, 2016
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  • LNP File Photo boys chase  greased pig in contest at the Ephrata Fair.
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    It’s over – Pig, rooster chases canceled

    Organizers say safety and protester disruption concerns fueled the decision to cancel what would have been the 40th Ephrata Fair Pig Chase   By Patrick Burns The Ephrata Fair has canceled its 2016 pig chase. Fair officials...

    • Posted August 31, 2016
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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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  • ROBERT DEVONSHIRE JR. | LNP Correspondent The Strasburg Rail Road is seeking a waiver to not blow their whistle at every crossing in an effort to stop spooking horses.
    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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