• Jim Summers, ERC executive director since 2012, began working at the Rec in 1980.
    Rec announces three-year, $500,000 fundraising campaign

    Held off on previous effort during bad economy, now in need of funds Since it’s the time of the year to give thanks, perhaps a shout out to the Ephrata Recreation Center is in order. The Rec,...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Skittles Cropped Snow
    The ‘goldens’ rule again

    Reinholds dog rescue receives the most gifts in ‘Extraordinary Give’; Ephrata Library triples take Golden Retrievers once again shined in last Friday’s 24-hour online fundraising marathon “Extraordinary Give” — billed as the county’s “largest day of online...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Additional improvements coming to War Memorial Field?

    The next phase of renovations at the Ephrata War Memorial Field are being considered, but a final decision on whether to proceed has yet to be determined. At the Monday, Nov. 17, meeting of the Ephrata Area...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Denver family seeks help to raise money for child’s service dog

    Shelley and Dale Weik are hoping for a special Christmas gift; a service dog for their son, Caiden. The seven-year-old student at Cocalico Elementary School was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder earlier this year and his family...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Crowds gather to check out the holiday layout at the Short LIne Model Railroad Club.
    Training for 25 years

      This holiday season marks the 25th anniversary of the The Short Line Model Railroad Club located in downtown Ephrata. The club’s humble beginning began in a small garage in nearby Brownstown, with a handful of energetic...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • Santa always draws a big crowd during his arrival in downtown Ephrata
    Street will close for Santa; free movie, food vendors added to event

        A Christmas tree has been found thanks to the Diffenderfer family of Akron and their donation of a 25-foot blue Spruce. This year’s Christmas tree was so large that Akron and Ephrata police escorted the...

    • Posted November 25, 2014
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  • This huge tree made its way into downtown Ephrata Wednesday morning and will soon be the center of downtown Ephrata's Christmas celebration.
    ‘Tree’ mendous event

    Members of the Ephrata Merchant Association and the community are once again combining forces to start the preparation for the lighting of the town Christmas tree in front of Ephrata National Bank and the arrival of Santa...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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  • A peregrine falcon bears down on this eagle carrying a fish it just caught. The eagle can't match the speed of the peregrine but somehow managed to escape with its catch.
    Falcons vs. Eagles

      This adult bald eagle didn’t know what happened… at first. After some chirps it came out of a tree behind the parking lot at Conowingo Dam, glided out over the pool at the base of the...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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  • Penny Talbert
    Library Support overdue?

     **This story is corrected to reflect the correct Ephrata Borough’s total cost of the skatepark as $220,000. That cost is totally unrelated to the funds the borough gives to Ephrata Public Library.    Social media lit up...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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  • This year, the Ephrata High School Marching Unit field show theme featured a Wizard of Oz/Mean Girls twist
    Marching in a new direction

    There was a time in the not too distant past when much of the focus of local high school marching band units was preparing for competitions with other bands. And in particular, there was a time when...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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