• Typically held on the third Saturday of month at The Whistle Stop, The Ephrata Merchants Association’s Open-Air Farmers Market is on hiatus in 2016. Photo by Patrick Burns.
    Ephrata Merchants Association replaced by The Ephrata Alliance

    Monthly open-air market on hiatus in 2016. Many events will continue, run by new groups. By Patrick Burns For the first time since 2013, the Ephrata Merchants Association’s Open-Air Farmers Market no longer buzzes on the third...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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    Artist Shaun Hogarth brightens up trail again

    Shaun Hogarth’s routine lately included loading paint cans and brushes in his Honda Civic and lugging extension ladders down East King Street onto the Ephrata Rail Trail. Hogarth last week finished up all the heavy lifting on...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • ACI Construction owner Dan Buch, has offered his parking lot and access to the the Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail. Photo by Pat Burns.
    … He put up a parking lot

    ACI Construction has offered Ephrata Rail Trail users bang for their Buch. That would be in the form of Dan Buch, ACI owner, who’s provided a parking lot for trail users. “We were really on board with...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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    Ten Thousand Villages restructures, cuts staff, sets 3-year goal to profitability

    Akron-based Ten Thousand Villages recently implemented a restructuring plan that includes layoffs and a three-year plan to return to profitability. The board met early last month in what Ruth Martin, marketing director, described as a meeting intent...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • Arrows on this photo indicate recent changes made to this area of the Ephrata Rail Trail at the intersection of Queen Street.
    Table, benches removed from trail

    Chief Harvey cites proper design and effective use of trail environment can lead to a reduction in problems Concerns about inappropriate behavior along Ephrata’s linear trail boiled over following an April 2 brawl. That incident, which preceded...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • Workers on Tuesday prepare finishing touches on the rebuilt bridge that replaced of the 71-year-old overpass that carries Route 272 over Cocalico Creek.
    Detour no more: 272 Bridge to open on or before June 3

    Many Ephrata commuters and shoppers became a bit grumpy one year ago today. After all, PennDOT on May 4, 2015 set up a detour and shut down Route 272 northbound to do bridge repair work. This was...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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    Trump and Sanders win in Ephrata

      Tuesday’s primary election turnout was brisk as voters arrived in steady streams throughout a day when temperatures reached 80 degrees in Ephrata. The gorgeous day, dampened briefly by a drenching thunder storm just after 5 p.m....

    • Posted April 27, 2016
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    Fee for All

    Mindy Fee feels comfortable as the incumbent running for her third term as Pennsylvania House Representative for the 37th District. She believes her record in office, especially during the nearly year-long budget impasse, follows the wishes, principles,...

    • Posted April 21, 2016
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    Reedy is Ready

    If you’re old enough to appreciate the original “uncola” 7-Up commercials, you might appreciate Tim Reedy of Brickerville. Like those ads, which remind viewers 7-Up is not a typical soft drink, Reedy’s message too is a lot...

    • Posted April 21, 2016
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  • VINNY TENNIS | Staff Photographer Businessman Chet Beiler, left, and state Sen. Lloyd Smucker participate in a debate at Penn Cinema in Lititz on April 7.
    Smucker-Beiler drop heavy coin in GOP primary battle

    Tuesday’s GOP Congressional primary election pits two candidates who are quite literally banking on a victory. State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, of West Lampeter Township, and Manheim businessman Chet Beiler seek the Republican nomination for the 16th Congressional...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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