• Mike Wolfe of Ephrata sports a face-covering green beard. Photo by Marylouise Sholly
    Funds pour in for memorial, library at annual Shamrocks and Shenanigans event

    The length and breadth of an ocean disappeared Saturday night as Ireland arrived in south central Pennsylvania. All things Irish could be found in American Legion Post 439 during the third annual “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” event, a...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • Janice Ballenger, a former long-term care facility nurse, has found her calling at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata.
    Lessons learned

    The series on the addiction crisis facing our society is written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata. Working closely with addicts, she has a burning passion...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • In this file photo, it’s McKenzie Boyd’s (left) birthday so she’s wearing a crown. She and Alyssa Ellis pass snacks and practice counting in  a  half-day  kindergarten  class  in  Akron  Elementary  School  in  the Ephrata School District. Photo by Robyn Meadows
    Kindergarten literacy scores in Ephrata rise after half-day program revamped

    Full-day kindergarten is not coming to Ephrata Area School District yet. Members of the school board heard a presentation at the Feb. 6 committee meeting from administrators on the state of the half-day program, and how it...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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    Denver café owner penultimate winner?

    Cocalico Iron Chef competition could end Chef Courtney Rittenour eked out her second consecutive win as the Cocalico Iron Chef on Sunday, but her stuffed “Puttin’ on the Ritz” chicken may be her final entry in the...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • Stunning images captured by Rocky Spitler prior to the damaging
storm arriving at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The photos were
taken while heading west on Furnace Hill Road in West Cocalico
Township.
    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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  • Cocalico school board member Douglas Graybill holds a portrait given to him by Cocalico Middle School staff. Middle school students drew portraits of each member. Photo by Kimberly Marselas
    Strictly business: Cocalico looks to merge student, real life experiences

    Cocalico High School will offer three new classes and an honors internship opportunity next school year. Principal Chris Irvine shared the news at a school board meeting Monday, Feb. 27. The new classes-Advanced Placement computer science A,...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • Debris cover a yard and a roof is blown from a residents along Route 897 in Denver, PA on February 26, 2017. KIRK NEIDERMYER | LNP Correspondent Photographer
    Lancaster County Storm Damage Videos

    Lititz and Warwick Township dodged a bullet when Saturday’s 95 mph wind storm cut a nine mile path through Northern Lancaster County. Elizabeth, Clay and West Calico townships were among the hardest hit, with damage estimates reported...

    • Posted February 27, 2017
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  • Photo submitted by the Ephrata Area School District. Ephrata Assistant Superintendent Rick Hornberger gets ready to take a “selfie” during the Shadow A Student Challenge recently.
    Ephrata leads Shadow A Student Challenge across area schools

    Ephrata Area School District leaders first shadowed district students last winter to experience a school day first hand and gain a new perspective on learning. It was such a successful initiative the district is participating again this...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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  • Attorney Bob Weaver presenting HVMI’s case.
    Golf Course project now in the zone

    Akron Borough Council has cleared the way for what will likely be a lengthy process of transforming West View Golf Course into a facility for the multi-faceted work of HandiVangelism Ministries International. The council approved a change...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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    ‘Groundhogwash’

    Photos by Kirk Neidermyer Though several furry weather prognosticators said we’d have six more weeks of winter back at the beginning of the month, thousands of majestic feathered creatures provided a setting that said otherwise last weekend....

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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