• Carl Tobias, conductor emeritus of the Ephrata Concert Band, will direct the band for a patriotic July 2 concert in Grater Park.
    Patriotic concert kicks it all off Sunday

    Carl Tobias, conductor emeritus of the Ephrata Concert Band, will step onto the bandshell at the foot of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park to direct the band’s July 2 concert. The 7:15 p.m. concert, two...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • Township zoning board to consider exemption for car service business

    The Ephrata Township Zoning board recently tabled discussion on a request for an exemption to establish an auto repair shop and towing facility at 471 N. Reading Road. Township manager and zoning officer Steven Sawyer informed the...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • With donations of more than $15,000, a free fireworks show will once again light up the skies of Ephrata on July 4.
    40th Firecracker, free fireworks, family fun set for the 4th

    If you’re planning a hometown Fourth of July, there will be no shortage of fun activities available right here in Ephrata when next Tuesday rolls around. It all starts with the 40th edition of the wildly-popular Firecracker...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • The Green Dragon owners (left to right) Bill Rohrbach, Sandy Rohrbach, John Rohrbach, Sally Bushong and Rob Rohrbach.
    Green Dragon celebrates milestone

    It may have started out as a garage and a repair shop, but the Green Dragon has become one of the largest farmer’s markets on the East Coast. And that famous market is celebrating its 85th anniversary...

    • Posted June 28, 2017
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  • Ephrata Area School District OKs 2.5 percent tax hike with a 5-4 vote

    Ephrata Area School District residents will see their school property taxes increase slightly more than a half mill this year, or .51 mill, increasing millage from 20.45 to 20.96, after the 2017-18 district budget received final approval...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • Ashley Scheirer of Javateas in Ephrata greets customers from the coffee bar. Photo by Art Petrosemolo
    Has beans? Small batch coffee roasters and gourmet coffee shops grow in popularity

    We are a nation obsessed with coffee! Nearly 50 percent of us say we’d rather give up our cell phones for a month, pass on morning shower, or even live with an extra 10 pounds than go...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • This historic property at 207 E. Main St., built in 1850, was owned by two of Ephrata's most prominent citizens, Anne Brossman Sweigart and Bertha Blair. An online auction to sell the home is scheduled June 24-27. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Historic Brossman home going to auction

    The former home of Anne Sweigart Brossman at 207 E. Main St. is up for auction following a foreclosure sale two years ago by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office, according to court records. County court documents show...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • Akron resident Tom Burnett, with plenty of help from his grandson Cypress Seifardh, were among the volunteers planting trees at Akron’s Colonial Park recently. Photo by Dick Wanner
    Tree-mendous project at Akron’s Colonial Park

    When the Akron portion of the rail trail was being built, there was a bit of an outcry when a number of mature trees were cut down along the section next to the Colonial Drive park. Recently,...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • Water challenges top Akron council agenda

    The Akron Borough Council voted at its June 12 council meeting to get serious about finding an additional 100,000 gallons a day for the town’s water system. In 2016, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission informed the borough...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • State Sen. Ryan Aument articulates a question to Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. at Brossman Business Complex June 15. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Davin draws a crowd at Chamber luncheon

    A packed house attended the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon June 15 that featured Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Community & Economic Development. Davin spoke at Brossman Business Complex on a series of...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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