• Priscilla Eberly, state Rep. Dave Zimmerman’s chief of staff, presenting Sgt. Eric Schmitt a citation.
    Pennsylvania VFW names Ephrata man police officer of the year

    The Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars named an Ephrata man as police officer of the year at its recent statewide public safety awards. Eric Schmitt, a sergeant in the Ephrata Police Department’s Patrol Division, was...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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    School board weighs tax hike

    Ephrata area property owners can expect a bump in school taxes this year. A preliminary budget passed by Tuesday by the Ephrata Area School District board includes a 2.9 percent increase. The jump raises the tax rate...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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    Too early to say if Aldi coming to township

    The question of whether an Aldi grocery store is coming to Ephrata Township remains up in the air. Engineer Jim Caldwell addressed the issue at Tuesday’s Ephrata Township Supervisors meeting and said any possibility that the store...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • Chloe McBee, Lititz, (front, left) and Gia K’metz, Ephrata, spend some time in ‘Carol’s Corner.’ Denise Himmelreich, a self-taught local artist, painted a portrait of Carol in the room, reading to a group of African children
    Denver area woman remembered for her dedication to children

    Go Fund Me page set up in her honor Carol Kasenchak began working at Tomorrow’s World Early Learning Center in 1989, two years after the center opened. She worked primarily in the preschool room, but also spent...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • Ephrata’s Rail Trail will eventually be 7 miles long, connecting Lititz to sections already completed in Akron and Ephrata.
    Rail trail to Lititz still on target for 2018

    The newest link in Warwick Township’s rails-to-trails path is well underway, eventually crossing Newport Road and traveling more than a mile to Picnic Woods Road. Right now, the trail that leads from the township municipal campus stops...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • ACI Construction owner Dan Buch, has offered his parking lot and access to the the Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail. Photo by Pat Burns.
    … He put up a parking lot

    ACI Construction has offered Ephrata Rail Trail users bang for their Buch. That would be in the form of Dan Buch, ACI owner, who’s provided a parking lot for trail users. “We were really on board with...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • A fantastic view of the Mother’s Day Convoy from the bridge at Eden Road in Manheim. Photo by Dick Wanner.
    Make-A-Wish shatters world record for largest convoy, draws 590 trucks

      Five-year-old Isaiah Troublefield already was stoked about a chance to ride in a tractor-trailer again. He had participated in last year’s Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy and loved the experience. But early Sunday afternoon, as the...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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    Ten Thousand Villages restructures, cuts staff, sets 3-year goal to profitability

    Akron-based Ten Thousand Villages recently implemented a restructuring plan that includes layoffs and a three-year plan to return to profitability. The board met early last month in what Ruth Martin, marketing director, described as a meeting intent...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • Arrows on this photo indicate recent changes made to this area of the Ephrata Rail Trail at the intersection of Queen Street.
    Table, benches removed from trail

    Chief Harvey cites proper design and effective use of trail environment can lead to a reduction in problems Concerns about inappropriate behavior along Ephrata’s linear trail boiled over following an April 2 brawl. That incident, which preceded...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • Workers on Tuesday prepare finishing touches on the rebuilt bridge that replaced of the 71-year-old overpass that carries Route 272 over Cocalico Creek.
    Detour no more: 272 Bridge to open on or before June 3

    Many Ephrata commuters and shoppers became a bit grumpy one year ago today. After all, PennDOT on May 4, 2015 set up a detour and shut down Route 272 northbound to do bridge repair work. This was...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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