• Some of the business operators at the new Business Suites at Doneckers (from left to right) Bryan Stahl, Zach Mitchell, Ashley Scheirer, Greg Wilson, John Male, Colin Bell, and Corey Pickel.
    Male Delivers

    Businessman follows Ephrata roots, transforms Doneckers restaurant into The Business Suites at Doneckers by PATRICK BURNS John Male’s wide smile beamed on Halloween as he discussed the before-and-after photos of the renovated former Doneckers Restaurant, 333 State St....

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Discussion turns ‘fowl’ at Akron council meeting

    Update also on rail trail progress Changes to the Akron Borough zoning ordinance has been a topic of discussion among councils and planning commissions, past and present, for several years. The current planning commission has developed a...

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Maggie Hunt has turned her addiction recovery into a passion for helping others. Photo provided by Janice Ballenger
    Mindful Maggie: An addiction success story

    This is one story in a series on addiction written by Janice Ballenger, who works at Retreat at Lancaster County, a 175-bed inpatient addiction center in Ephrata. She has a burning passion to raise awareness and offer...

    • Posted November 1, 2017
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  • Getting ‘pumped’ for Halloween

    Pumpkins used to be just orange and came in two sizes, big and small, and you hoped they lasted until Halloween before someone smashed it on the sidewalk. Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, traces its roots to...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Ephrata and Cocalico school districts are collecting non-perishable food supplies for the Ephrata Area Social Services Food Bank, which will be delivered at the Oct. 27 football game between the two local schools. The public is also encouraged to bring items to the game. EASS Board members (left to right) Kathy Kilkuskie, Lowell Yost, Lisa Shaver (Interim Director) and Alma Buffenmyer display donated food and school signs at the EASS building. Photo by Preston Whitcraft
    ‘Neighborly’ rivalry

    Bring non-perishables to Friday’s Ephrata-Cocalico game to benefit EASS A long-time rivalry on the field between neighboring schools and now, a very friendly competition on the sidelines of the game that indeed will help friends and neighbors...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • A school jacket was part of the Class of 1962’s 55th reunion memory table. Photo by Rochelle A. Shenk
    Class of ‘62 celebrates

    They were the first to graduate from new high school on Oak Blvd. Friday night football games. Ephrata Fair. Homecoming celebrations. Class reunions. They’re all part of the fabric of fall. Ephrata High School’s Class of ‘62...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • 2018 veterans banners sold out quickly at market

    On Saturday night, banners honoring 73 of Ephrata’s hometown veterans were offered to the community by the Cocalico Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3376. Sales began at 4:30 p.m., when the final Whistle Stop Night Market...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Former Ephrata QB Gyree Durante takes a stand by taking a knee

    The moment Gyree Durante’s knee hit the ground when the National Anthem began to play before a football game against Delaware Valley on October 7, he knew his fate was sealed. But for Durante, who plays backup...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Ephrata resident competing for Ms. Senior America crown

          By Eric G. Stark With her resume, no wonder pressure and nerves have little effect on Peggy Kurtz Keller of Ephrata. Her credentials: Singing in public since she was 5 years old, working as...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Taking a trip back in time

    EHS Class of ‘43 holds reunion; all living members stayed in Ephrata By Justin Stoltzfus Last week, six members of the Ephrata High School class of 1943 met at Bright’s Restaurant on State Street for lunch and...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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