• Kim and Adam Gockley last week flew 2,600 miles to Lincoln City, Ore., to witness a total eclipse
    Eclipsing atmosphere

    Ephrata’s Kim and Adam Gockley flew 2,600 miles to witness a total eclipse of the sun While throngs of locals flocked to witness Monday’s partial eclipse at the local library, Kim Gockley and her son Adam decided...

    • Posted August 23, 2017
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  • A local firefighter goes through the decontamination drill held Aug. 15 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. Photo by Dick Wanner
    ‘Well’ prepared…

    The scenario: a nuclear event has happened in New Jersey. Thousands of people in its wake are being evacuated to Pennsylvania. A busload of the New Jersey victims crashes near the Denver exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike....

    • Posted August 23, 2017
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  • A 2008 flag ceremony at the Girl Scouts' Camp Furnace Hills in northern Lancaster County. The 320-acre camp, which began in 1947, may be sold.
    Furnace Hills Camp future uncertain

      By Marylouise Sholly The Furnace Hills Girl Scout Camp faces an uncertain future after being heavily damaged by the wind storm that blew through northern Lancaster County last February. Located in West Cocalico and Clay townships,...

    • Posted August 17, 2017
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  • Cows from local herd cause two crashes in as many day

    A cow on the highway led to a three-vehicle crash early Monday on four-lane Route 222 in West Earl Township, one day after loose cows from the same herd caused a serious collision, police said. The cow...

    • Posted August 17, 2017
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  • Curtain closing on summer

    Photos by Les Martzall Photos by Dick Wanner The August Concert by the Creek event each year not only means the conclusion of the cultural arts series held annually in Ephrata’s Tom Grater Park, but also signals...

    • Posted August 17, 2017
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  • Mayor addresses drug issue and helps set up task force

    Kick-off planned Sept. 21 By Marylouise Sholly Appalled at the rise in opiate overdose deaths in the area, Ephrata Mayor Ralph Mowen decided to do something about it. “It’s running rampant and there’s no stereotype; anyone could...

    • Posted August 17, 2017
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  • East Cocalico supervisors receive second tax abatement request

    New Holland Transport owner Josh Hollinger asked supervisors at their Aug. 3 meeting, for consideration of a five-year, LERTA tax abatement for a portion of his building project on the east side of South Muddy Creek Road....

    • Posted August 9, 2017
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  • Ben Shirk measures the base of the “killer log.”
    Wood with character

    It all starts at Ben Shirk’s sawmill in East Earl The celebrated Japanese-American craftsman George Nakashima created distinctive furniture with hardwoods in their natural state. His tables, chairs and benches sell today to collectors for thousands of...

    • Posted August 9, 2017
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  • Christmas tree lighting rechristened as “Miracle on Main Street”

    It’s not too early to begin thinking about Christmas, Ephrata Borough Council discovered this week. The annual Christmas tree lighting and arrival of Santa is one of the Ephrata Borough’s premier events of the year, ushering in...

    • Posted August 9, 2017
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  • Goodwill yields Purple Heart

    Brian Travis noticed a discolored white cardboard box priced $1.97 on the Goodwill store shelf. Inside was another box inscribed “Purple Heart.” Purple Heart Day on Tuesday found Brian Travis a bit blue. For four frustrating months,...

    • Posted August 9, 2017
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