• The Big Boy Brass Band played holiday songs like "Carol of the Bells" and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" for a huge downtown Ephrata crowd at last Friday's Christmas Winter Wonderland. (photos by Dennis Bicksler)
    Ephrata’s Christmas Winter Wonderland

    No rock star or sports pro could have received a warmer welcome than the one given to the jolly man in the red suit Friday evening in Ephrata’s town square. Thousands who turned up to spend Black...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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    Frank’s Fumble: Opioid addiction nearly stole his future away

    Home from Kutztown University for fall break, Frank was playing football with friends in his family’s backyard in Warwick Township. Running through the yard with the football, he didn’t notice the small tree stump, fell, and fumbled...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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  • Workers on Nov. 16 continue to fill a sinkhole which collapsed the intersection of Park Avenue and Pine Street on the morning of Nov. 8. (photo by Patrick Burns)
    Displaced renters to return home this week, but frustration continues for some

    Residents driven from their apartments by a Nov. 8 sinkhole had hoped to return to their Park Avenue homes today. But Tuesday’s heavy rains may have pushed back that date, according to William Harvey, Ephrata police chief...

    • Posted November 30, 2016
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    Bringing a little Christmas magic to children’s hospital

    Film producer Kevin Carvell will share a special presentation of the holiday family film “The Christmas Dragon” with patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey. “Penn State Children’s Hospital and Child Life very much appreciate Kevin...

    • Posted November 23, 2016
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  • Boy Scout Troop 60 from Reamstown served as the color guard for the ninth annual Thank You Veterans dinner sponsored by Horizons of Northern Lancaster County
    Military vets honored at ninth annual Horizons banquet

    Veterans from all military branches were honored and thanked for their service at a banquet Saturday night at the Ephrata Business Center. Many of the 185 veterans brought guests for a total of 303 attendees at the...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • Photo by Patrick Burns. Workers excavating an area near the sinkhole, which took out the West Pine and Park Avenue intersection, stretched to 60 feet wide by 100 feet long.
    Home(less) for the holiday

    Displaced residents remain homeless two weeks after a giant sinkhole opened at the West Pine Street and Park Avenue intersection. Hope Roten, spokeswoman for the Red Cross Central Pennsylvania region, confirmed the organization helped with assistance for...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • Taxing decisions ahead for council

    Some taxing times are ahead for members of Ephrata Borough Council as they consider the proposed municipal budget for 2017. In a presentation by Christine H. Moore, director of finance and administration, it was explained that expected...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • One of the largest crowds in recent memory descended upon downtown Ephrata last “Black Friday,” to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus. Photo by Dwight Palm
    ‘You better watch out…’

    The weather for Friday evening’s Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival should be “just right,” said Cindy Mellinger, co-chair of the Ephrata Christmas committee. “It should be in the high 40s,” she said. “We have added an...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • Visitors to the Veterans Day Luminary Tribute Friday walk beneath the flag flown by an Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company ladder truck on the Winters Memorial Trail. Photo by Stan Hall
    Honoring the path to freedom

    On a near-perfect Veterans Day evening, the DEI Winters Leadership Memorial Committee once again hosted a luminary tribute to those who died in combat while serving the country. Approximately 800 luminaries were placed at the site of...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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    Despair deepens for displaced residents

    A failed temporary septic pipe backed up sewage Sunday into two Park Avenue apartment units rented by residents displaced by last week’s sinkhole by Patrick Burns Jack Farnquist Jr. grew a fondness for the gardenia plant he’d...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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