• Diirner poses for a photo while doing repairs earlier this year at the Clock Towers condos in Lancaster
    Steeplejack dies in fall from roof

    A third-generation steeplejack from Akron died after falling from the roof of an Allentown church June 9. Charles M. “Chuck” Diirner, 43, 213 Manor Ridge Drive, was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest about 40 minutes...

    • Posted June 16, 2016
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  • Three generations (from left): granddaughter Alex, grandmother Nadine, and mother Stacey. Photo by Laura Knowles.
    Gem of a journey: Gehman Jewelers celebrates 50 years

    Think engagements, graduations, birthdays and Mother’s Day, and you can’t help but think of Gehman Jewelers. For the past 50 years, the long-time Ephrata jewelry store has been the place where so many young men carefully selected...

    • Posted June 16, 2016
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  • Jack and Linda Fritz of Narvon (left and right) with Ephrata Cancer Center nurse Diane Moll. Photo by Preston Whitcraft.
    A special bond: Wellspan Cancer Center patients, caregivers celebrate

    Jack Fritz calls Diane Noll his “head angel.” The 77-year-old Narvon man has been under Noll’s care for nearly five years. “I call her the head angel, since I consider all of the nurses and staff at...

    • Posted June 16, 2016
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    Taste of The Town, Fresh Picked Summer Flavors at Lily’s and Ephrata Main Theatre

    From blockbuster summer movies to fresh picked seasonal fare, you’ll love all the flavors of summer at Lily’s and Ephrata Main Theatre. There is so much to savor at Lily’s on Main, where you can indulge in...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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    Neighbors respond

    Scores of workers from the local Plain communities stopped whatever they were doing, suspended projects, and set aside personal matters to help rebuild two barns destroyed by fire at a dairy farm in Clay Township on Friday...

    • Posted June 8, 2016
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    Class of 2016 says goodbye at War Memorial Field

    Family and friends arrived in their Sunday best on a muggy evening to celebrate the 2016 graduating class of Ephrata High School held at War Memorial Stadium June 2. Standing by the chain link fence that circled...

    • Posted June 8, 2016
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  • Workers prepare the new Route 272 bridge doing the finishing cleaning touches
    New Route 272 bridge opened over Cocalico Creek

    Workers officially completed PennDOT’s $4.2 million bridge replacement project June 3 when the new Route 272 bridge over Cocalico Creek opened to two lanes of traffic. The temporary signals along the Old Mill Road detour remained in...

    • Posted June 8, 2016
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  • Riley Mull is the new ambassador for the March of Dimes.
    Brownstown boy March of Dimes Ambassador

    Riley Mull, a student at Diamond Street Early Childhood Center, is the March of Dimes Ambassador for Lancaster County. Riley was born nine weeks early on June 7, 2012, weighing just 2 pounds, 14 ounces. Riley’s prematurity...

    • Posted June 8, 2016
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  • Music, fun and food: Hospital Day in the Park

    Hear music, see a cooking demonstration, browse a health fair and eat great food at the 63rd annual Day in the Park. The Ephrata Community Health Foundation is sponsoring the event from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m....

    • Posted June 2, 2016
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  • (Left to right) Craig Stedman, Lancaster County District Attorney, and emergency room doctors Michael Reihart, of LGH/Penn Medicine, and Dr. Christopher Echterling of Wellspan, discuss the drug addiction epidemic during a forum, at Ephrata High School. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Navigating the heroin minefield

    Everybody knows heroin is a highly addictive opioid narcotic that first robs ambition, then dignity, and, all too often these days, one’s freedom and/or life. The destructive heroin epidemic is widely documented as news stories abound of...

    • Posted June 2, 2016
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