• West Cocalico Supervisors prepare for Tuesday night’s meeting. From left, James J. Stoner, Ray Burns, and Leon Eby. Photo by Patrick Burns
    One year on, Ephrata Police coverage going well

      It has been a year since West Cocalico Township contracted coverage with Ephrata Police, terminating years of having that service provided by the East Cocalico Police Department. Looking back over the past 12 months, Ephrata Police...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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  • Photo by Patrick Burns. Workers excavating an area near the sinkhole, which took out the West Pine and Park Avenue intersection, stretched to 60 feet wide by 100 feet long.
    Sinkhole solved

    An early morning sinkhole in Philadelphia on a frigid Sunday morning perhaps offers perspective of how a street collapse of similar size in Ephrata Nov. 8 could have been much worse. While both sinkholes left nearby residents...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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  • Tour of hope stops at Wellspan Cancer Center. Singer Charlie Lustman, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in his jaw 10 years ago, travels across the country singing songs in a unique way that resonates with cancer patients. On Dec. 13, he brought his Musical HOPE Campaign Tour to WellSpan's Ephrata Cancer Center. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Music medicine

    Entertainer Charlie Lustman doesn’t sing the standards and his stage is about as far as you can get from a glitzy rock show with fancy lights and flashy pyrotechnics. But Lustman’s shows are in fact larger-than-life and...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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    Getting to the bottom of sinkhole situation

    Workers on Tuesday removed temporary fencing that had blocked Pine Street since a sinkhole collapsed an intersection at Park Avenue on Nov. 8. While many questions remain unanswered, such as the cause, it’ll be business as usual...

    • Posted December 14, 2016
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    Op-Ed Pages Letters

       

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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    Diary of a nimbly kid

        ‘Ray’ Longacre, a child of the Great Depression and a member of ‘The Greatest Generation’  laughs, loves life and has vivid memories of occupied Japan. He served with the 8th Army and  736th Heavy Shop...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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  • Workers on Nov. 16 continue to fill a sinkhole which collapsed the intersection of Park Avenue and Pine Street on the morning of Nov. 8. (photo by Patrick Burns)
    Displaced renters to return home this week, but frustration continues for some

    Residents driven from their apartments by a Nov. 8 sinkhole had hoped to return to their Park Avenue homes today. But Tuesday’s heavy rains may have pushed back that date, according to William Harvey, Ephrata police chief...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • Photo by Patrick Burns. Workers excavating an area near the sinkhole, which took out the West Pine and Park Avenue intersection, stretched to 60 feet wide by 100 feet long.
    Home(less) for the holiday

    Displaced residents remain homeless two weeks after a giant sinkhole opened at the West Pine Street and Park Avenue intersection. Hope Roten, spokeswoman for the Red Cross Central Pennsylvania region, confirmed the organization helped with assistance for...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • One of the largest crowds in recent memory descended upon downtown Ephrata last “Black Friday,” to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus. Photo by Dwight Palm
    ‘You better watch out…’

    The weather for Friday evening’s Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival should be “just right,” said Cindy Mellinger, co-chair of the Ephrata Christmas committee. “It should be in the high 40s,” she said. “We have added an...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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    Despair deepens for displaced residents

    A failed temporary septic pipe backed up sewage Sunday into two Park Avenue apartment units rented by residents displaced by last week’s sinkhole by Patrick Burns Jack Farnquist Jr. grew a fondness for the gardenia plant he’d...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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