• 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.
    Sinkhole solved

    An early morning sinkhole in Philadelphia on a frigid Sunday morning perhaps offers perspective of how a street collapse of similar size in Ephrata Nov. 8 could have been much worse. While both sinkholes left nearby residents...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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    Re-Uzit stores to consolidate

    Ephrata Borough Council is considering a plan which would consolidate a pair of Ephrata Re-Uzit stores into a new building on the site of 1040 S. State St. Ephrata Borough Council members had decidedly mixed emotions Tuesday...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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  • Akron’s New Year’s Eve shoe drop featured a newly refurbished sneaker and a recently installed perma - nent pole to raise and lower the town’s iconic Chuck Taylor to officially ring in the New Year.
    Waiting for another shoe to drop: Akron welcomes the New Year

    Akron rang in the New Year Saturday night with the town’s locally-famous midnight shoe drop. There were free hot dogs, free cookies and free hot chocolate. There was a fierce bonfire. There was romance. A DJ. Dancing...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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  • Enjoying some good fund-raising news ate sitting (from left) are Joni Hoppel; Kathy Thren, library director; Margaret Harting, Friends president; Jane Webber, library board of president; and Joy Maier. Standing (left to right) are Arnetta Hoffman, Ronnie Heston, Carol Lewis, Pat Acebo, Barbara Mizdail, Jane Lesher, Ann Roseboro, and Darlene Pruzman. Photo by Michele Walter Fry
    Library advocates prove outstanding at fundraising

    While leaders of towns and boroughs in Lancaster County ponder how to make themselves a social and a tight-knit community, Adamstown doesn’t seem to have that problem. Adamstown’s ‘problem’ is finding a bigger space to hold everyone...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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    Social Media Review 2016

    By Patrick Burns The post-holiday season is here and 2016 has not yet faded in our rear-view mirrors. With that in mind we’re going to look back on the year through the lens of our social media...

    • Posted January 4, 2017
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    Library launches Teen Reading Lounge

    The Ephrata Public Library is launching a Teen Reading Lounge, an interactive book club for teens 12-18. The library is pleased to be the only library in Lancaster County selected to host Teen Reading Lounge. Created by...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • Sophia Wagner shows off her Christmas outfit after being discharged from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where doctors pronounced her cancer-free.
    Ephrata parents get Christmas wish: 8-month-old daughter is cancer free

    Their first Christmas with their first child isn’t quite what Rick and Amanda Wagner expected. For the past six months, 8-month-old Sophia Rae has battled leukemia, undergoing a blood transfusion, chemotherapy and a bone-marrow transplant. Sophia was...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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  • 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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