• Ephrata teenager is fifth generation Salvation Army

    Ephrata teen Ian Wettlaufer has discovered that The Salvation Army can make life rather busy. Although members of The Salvation Army are known for their popular bell ringing during the Christmas season, Ian has discovered that it...

    • Posted December 30, 2014
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    Akron event a ‘shoe-in’ to be another good time

      Akron will once again hold its annual “Shoe-In” this New Year’s Eve to welcome 2015. The 2014 Shoe-In runs from 9:30 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. at Akron’s Broad Street Park. To usher in the New Year,...

    • Posted December 30, 2014
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    No tax hike in Ephrata Twp.

    The Ephrata Township Board of Supervisors has approved a 2015 budget that holds the line on property taxes. “We are not increasing the tax rate which is currently at 1.37 mills,” explained Steve Sawyer, township manager. He...

    • Posted December 30, 2014
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    Letter carrier recovering after hit-and-run

    An Ephrata letter carrier is home and recovering after being the victim of a hit-and-run Dec. 26. Mark E. Jobes, 64, was struck at 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of North Church and West Locust streets. He...

    • Posted December 29, 2014
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  • Nasty flu strain targeting area in the coming weeks…

    Think it’s too late to get the flu shot? The answer is an emphatic no, especially not that an outbreak is hitting the area with a vengeance. According to Amy E. Walsh, senior media relations and communications...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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  • Staff, programs reinstated at Ephrata library, but…

    Reduced hours. Staff lay-offs. Cancelled programs. That was the reality library patrons experienced in mid-November when the Ephrata Public Library took action to lessen the impact of a growing deficit. In the weeks that followed, library officials...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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    Colleagues pay tribute to Dr. Soistmann

    Long-time superintendent, civic leader, dies at 80 The Ephrata community last week mourned the loss of Dr. Theodore L. Soistmann Jr., a long time Ephrata School District superintendent.  “Ted” Soistmann, 80, of Ephrata, who was superintendent from 1983...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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  • Shown with their box is: Brooke Rathman, Haley Rathman, Megan Zook, Abigail Kachel, Lauren Kachel, Elizabeth Hoffman, Serena Eberly, Piper Snow, and Leah Knepper.
    The true meaning…

      A group of middle school girls recently celebrated Abby Kachel’s 13th birthday by packing and donating 12 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items to Operation Christmas Child, who ships the boxes to needy...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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  • ER Christmas Tree Bridge Project
    Roadwork, closed McDonald’s, dampen tree sale business

    Dale Hartraft’s Christmas tree sales operation hasn’t changed in the last 15 years. At his usual spot at the northern corner of the Cloister Shopping Center, Hartraft’s beaming smile, warm handshake, Junianta county pines, and candy cane...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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  • EASD Assistant superintendent Kim Schlemmer will resign
    Asst. superintendent Schlemmer resigns

    The passing of an era was marked Monday night at the Ephrata Area School District board meeting as members accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Kim Schlemmer. For the past 27 years, Schlemmer has been an active...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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