• 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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  • About 60 people gathered at Ephrata Borough Council's meeting Monday to hear results of the pilot Conceptual Development Program which assessed the redevelopment potential for the Wenger Feed Mill. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Community participates in study examining possible redevelopment uses for the Wenger Feed Mill

    There’s no consensus on what the community wishes to make of the former Wenger Feed Mill property in the heart of downtown Ephrata Borough. However, the possibilities are intriguing, according to the first-of-its-kind study conducted by teams...

    • Posted May 3, 2017
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  • Jill Shober Hilt (left), president of the former Friends of the Ephrata Public Library, and Lorraine Bowman (right), a fixture with the Friends since it launched in 1983. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Forever Friends

    Friends of the Ephrata Public Library have raised about $881K between 1984-2016 and donated about $50K per year since 2010 Friends of the Ephrata Public Library may be gone but it’s certainly not forgotten. The group officially...

    • Posted May 3, 2017
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  • Silos rise high above the former Wenger Feed Mill property between East Main and East Franklin streets. Photo courtesy of Economic Development Company of Lancaster County
    Mulling the mill

    Public input sought on historic Wenger property redevelopment Ephrata Borough wants to hear residents’ ideas on possible ways to breathe new life into the old Wenger Feed Mill. Could it be a restaurant, an entertainment center, retail...

    • Posted April 19, 2017
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  • Charles Adkins, of NexGen Utility Solutions checks the newly installed unit. The entire process takes about one minute. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Watt to expect…Electric meters being replaced in the borough

    “We recently pulled a meter that was from the 1940s. That’s a 70-year-old meter. It was still reading but there was no way it was near as accurate as the day it was installed.” — Brett McClain,...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • 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 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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  • 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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