• Tour of hope stops at Wellspan Cancer Center. Singer Charlie Lustman, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in his jaw 10 years ago, travels across the country singing songs in a unique way that resonates with cancer patients. On Dec. 13, he brought his Musical HOPE Campaign Tour to WellSpan's Ephrata Cancer Center. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Music medicine

    Entertainer Charlie Lustman doesn’t sing the standards and his stage is about as far as you can get from a glitzy rock show with fancy lights and flashy pyrotechnics. But Lustman’s shows are in fact larger-than-life and...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • A permanent pole will replace the usual crane for this year’s New Year’s Eve shoe drop ceremony in Akron’s Broad Street park. Stoner Industrial Services of Denver donated the labor and materials to make and install the pole. Photo by Dick Wanner
    Waiting for the shoe to drop

    Akron’s New Year’s Eve Family Night will, for the ninth year, feature the famous Akron shoe descending from a newly installed permanent pole at the Broad Street Playground. The shoe will begin its slow descent shortly before...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • This home on Duke Street drew lots of attention for its expansive and bright layout, and was also featured on the Jingle Bell Tour.
    Christmas Displays: Reader Picks

    The readers have spoken and the following houses have been nominated as the top Christmas light displays in The Ephrata Review coverage area. Be sure to also check the feature on Terry Lesher’s display and the Hawthorne...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Christmas Tour Home Lights Winner Jordan Weber recieves a check from Sue Burkholder .
    Jingle Bell winner

    Jingle Bell Trolley Tour of Homes winner Jordan Weber receives a check from Sue Burkholder of the Ephrata Alliance, event sponsor. Weber’s home is at 349 E. Fulton St. and was built in the late ‘30s. The...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Superintendent Brian Troop (right) receives an award in March from EASD board president Timothy Stayer.
    EASD commits to Troop

    The Ephrata Area School District Board of Directors have approved a new five-year contract with superintendent Brian Troop. Troop, who has been with the district since January 2011, is to receive a $164,500 annual salary, effective July...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Terry Lesher sets up a Christmas lights display at 606 S. Fourth St., which has become a tradition in Denver. Photo by Les Martzall
    A collector’s display

    For those who like to view outdoor Christmas lights, there is a big, bold display in Denver that is capturing the attention of many residents. Terry Lesher has more Christmas lights and figurines on his property at...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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    Getting to the bottom of sinkhole situation

    Workers on Tuesday removed temporary fencing that had blocked Pine Street since a sinkhole collapsed an intersection at Park Avenue on Nov. 8. While many questions remain unanswered, such as the cause, it’ll be business as usual...

    • Posted December 14, 2016
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  • Emilee Lowry (center) is shown with her two teachers, Ryan Broesler (left) and Kevin Broesler.
    Young Irish dancer has found her step

    Practice makes perfect…and if you’re really good, it also earns you trips to Ireland. Emilee Lowry, 10, daughter of Melissa and Joshua Lowry of Ephrata, has been practicing Irish step dancing since the age of four. Only...

    • Posted December 14, 2016
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  • Shown (left to right) are Trustees W. Craig Brossman, Richard G. Cummings, C. Lynn Redcay, Ruth I. Buch, Fred N. Buch and Stephen R. Gibble; (front, center) is Robert M. Lauman.
    Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation awards 2016 grants

    The Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation awarded 43 grants totaling $387,375 at the annual Christmas Tea held at the Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation Headquarters in Ephrata, Dec. 8, which was one of Mrs. Sweigart’s former homes....

    • Posted December 14, 2016
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  • Photo by Laurie Knowles Don and Marti Nissley with Toodles at the property near the walking trail.
    Toodles the goat regains sight after eye surgery

    To see Toodles, the goat, romping in the meadow, it’s hard to imagine that this happy little kid was once blind. But she was. The sweet white and black goat was born with cataracts that made it...

    • Posted December 7, 2016
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