• ER20141224_SOISTMANNDISTRICT
    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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  • The annual Lantern Tours program will be held at the Historic Ephrata Cloister on Fridays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, and Saturdays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.  Playing the roles of people from Ephrata's past will be the Student Historians of the Ephrata Cloister, local junior and senior high school volunteers.
    Ephrata Cloister Lantern Tours set

      Have you seen it? Up in the sky! It’s a comet with a fan of six long tails. What could it mean? Discover what people thought when The Great Comet appeared in 1744 at the annual...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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  • ER20141217_Capplebees2829
    McGruff shows his ‘Claus’

    Neighborhood Santa program once again brightens holiday Now in its sixth year, the Neighborhood Santa program helped 54 children and their families have a little Christmas here in the Ephrata area last Saturday morning. Events with Santa...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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  • Police are still investigating the murder of Brett Simmons, a 2009 Ephrata High School graduate, gunned down in his hoome on Sept. 25.
    A look back at 2014 top stories: Murder in Clay

    First in a series of the year in review It’s been almost three months since two intruders murdered Brett Simmons and gunned down his father James inside the family’s Clay Township home. In that time, the public has...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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  • Budget
    Borough cuts electric rates, hikes library funding & holds line on taxes

    Early presents Ephrata Borough Council made it official Monday night approving a no-tax-increase budget for 2015. But that vote was not unanimous as council president Dale Hertzog issued the only “no” vote on the adoption. Before the...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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  • Volunteers from Leo’s Helping Paws gather around the Christmas tree. The tree is covered with ornaments that list items needed by local rescues. The group encourages the public to come in and choose an ornament and make a donation. Shown (from left, front row) are: Kathy Styer, Beth Buchter, Spokesdog Leo, Deb Fisher, Joanne Ressler, and Katie Siebel; (back row) Joyce Wilhide, Dave Wilhide, Rick Ressler and Joyce Nettke.
    With a little help …

      A local organization is hoping Christmas will be going to the dogs this year. Leo’s Helping Paws is an all volunteer organization dedicated to helping puppy mill, abandoned, abused, injured and stray dogs. The group currently...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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  • ER20141210_SkateparkCrowd
    Winter’s coming?

    Don’t tell these guys that winter is only a little more than a week away – they seem ready to skip right to spring. This past weekend, dozens stopped by the new skateboard park adjacent to the...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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