• Jon Gehr assembles wind locks for drywall. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Autism Unit at EARS sees growth and changes

    Two years after opening Lancaster County’s first adult services unit, specifically for consumers diagnosed with autism, Ephrata Area Rehab Services (EARS) finds itself at a crossroads. The program has doubled in size from 13 to 26 clients...

    • Posted August 2, 2017
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  • Laura Gebhart, EDC economic development coordinator, and Rick Jackson, landscape architect and a principal with ELA Group, were the guest speakers discussing the development of the C.P. Wenger Feed Mill. Photo by Dick Wanner
    SWOT team descends on Wenger Mill, discovers reasons for optimism

    “Ephrata people say, ‘We want to be like Lititz’. Well, yeah. But I want to be like Ephrata,” Rick Jackson told a group of about 50 people gathered at The Weaver Markets banquet facility in Adamstown. Jackson...

    • Posted July 26, 2017
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  • At about the same spot that playground leader Mike Zell used as his main office at the Akron playground, there was a gathering of those very excited for the big reunion coming up Aug. 3. Shown having a good time are (front row, left to right) Terry Hildebrand (Rec playground coordinator), Mike Zell (longtime Akron playground leader and reunion organizer), Mike Zimmerman (most dedicated Akron playground attend-ee), Tom Zell (former playground regular and current Akron Chief of Police); (back, l-r) Joy (Keith) Good, Jeff Keith, Jolene (Keith) Kapczynski, Jerry Keith, June (Keith) Hall — all regular Akron playground attendees, along with (back) Andy Fasnacht, crashing the Keith family line. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Party like it’s 1977

    Reunion of Ephrata playground system set for Aug. 3 in Akron Veteran Akron playground leader Mike Zell took his duties at Akron’s Broad Street Park very seriously back in the ‘70s. Now he is taking a celebration...

    • Posted July 26, 2017
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  • Contested Waters

    Residents: Eliminate or significantly increase day-pass price at Ephrata Community Pool Reoccurring concerns over the behavior of non-membership visitors to the Ephrata Community Pool highlighted a packed meeting Monday at borough hall. Many of the 30-plus residents...

    • Posted July 26, 2017
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    Cocalico Corner: Buddy, can you spare a kidney for a Cocalico kid?

    What would you do if you woke up with Stage 4 renal disease? Steve Sloat, a 1985 Cocalico High School graduate, knows exactly what he does. He’s grateful for the new day, family and friends, and he’s...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Handi*Vangelism, EASD and Akron agree to PILOT payments

    At Monday’s Akron Borough Council meeting, Handi*Vangelism’s vision of a faith-based camping facility for disabled individuals took a giant step toward becoming reality. With two council members absent, the five members present voted unanimously for a resolution...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Ephrata Legion Coach Derek Sipe and his Post 429 squad will play host to the Pennsylvania State Tournament at War Memorial Field July 25-29. Photo by Preston Whitcraft
    A big deal for Ephrata

    A first for Lancaster County, War Memorial hosting state Legion tourney In its 91-year history, the Pennsylvania State American Legion Tournament has never once been held on Lancaster County’s rich baseball soil. That will change next week...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Tiny houses have compact kitchens and can even include a loft
    ‘Tiny’ getting bigger here

    New housing option growing in popularity They’re called “tiny houses” for a reason. They really are tiny! But for millennials looking to own their first home, or adults and seniors looking to downsize and get out from...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Members of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Drugs, who met July 13 at Wellspan Ephrata Hospital, include (left to right) Eric Kennel of Compass Mark, Ephrata Mayor Ralph Mowen, Chief William Harvey, Deb Bard of T.W. Ponessa, Beth Bulat, Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Denise Sipe of T.W. Ponessa, and Sandy Paradis, The Rase Project (in foreground).
    Mayor assembles ‘drug roundtable’

    Five-pillar approach to address drug treatment, prevention, policing, harm reduction, and recovery During a recent economic symposium, residents compiled a list of downtown Ephrata’s advantages and drawbacks for a panel of professionals looking for development options for...

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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  • Perfect weather Tuesday night helped draw a crowd of hundreds to Grater Park for a ninety minute performance by the Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival Band.
    ‘Clearly’ a great night in the park

    Perfect weather Tuesday night helped draw a crowd of hundreds to Grater Park for a ninety minute performance by the Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival Band. Photos by Dick Wanner

    • Posted July 19, 2017
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