• Brendan Holbritter began a 48-day hospital stay critically injured. But the 17-year-old Ephrata High School athlete this week shot hoops and swam in the family’s backyard pool near a "Welcome Home Brendan" sign placed June 7, the day of his return. Photo by Paulette Holbritter
    ‘This community stepped up’

    Brendan Holbritter’s near-death experience and miraculous recovery sets stage for one-on-one hoops match with ‘Father John’ Father John McLoughlin, pastor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, and parishioner Brendan Holbritter, 17-year-old Ephrata High School junior, recently...

    • Posted June 14, 2017
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  • Some would say the timing of it all was perfect as Tuesday night’s heavy downpour came just before members of the Ephrata High School Class of 2017 did the traditional toss of the caps at the end of the commencement ceremony. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    EHS finishes 122nd commencement just as downpour sends grads, crowd running

    The alphabetical presentation of high school diplomas made it to the “Ws” before the skies opened up and drenched the massive crowd of family and friends of the 2017 graduating class of Ephrata High School at the...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Nasir “Jadon” Pfautz’s recovery from a severe vehicle accident last fall served as an inspiration to everyone. Photo by Jeremy Bischoff
    An improbable walk

    Jadon Pfautz knew just what to do. After all, he was in a similar, if almost identical situation back in January. So when Pfautz and his family visited Brendan Holbritter in his hospital room two days after...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Randy Walker, a 1982 Ephrata graduate currently in his fourth year of battling ALS, got his wish of seeing son Calvin graduate Tuesday night. Photo by Jeremy Bischoff
    Battling ALS, Walker sees his dream goal come true

    It was shortly after he received the awful news of his ALS diagnosis on Jan. 30, 2014 that 1982 Ephrata High School graduate Randy Walker set the first goal of his battle. He wanted to see his...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Cinder, the new and improved version, debuts at Applebee's Restaurant at 5 p.m. on June 13
    Comic unmakeover

    Cinder the Fire Protection Clown is gone forever. But his successor may look a bit familiar to those who’ve encountered the popular Pioneer Fire Company mascot at schools, parades and other events. Cinder, the new and improved...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Council gets look at new Re-Uzit building plan

    A final building plan for Ephrata’s Re-Uzit Stores Inc. was submitted to borough council Monday evening. The Re-Uzit Store, a mainstay non-profit business along Main Street for many years, will be moving operations to 1054 S. State...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • ‘Re-maining’ the Main

      By Patrick Burns Penn Ketchum wasted no time after officially acquiring the Ephrata Main movie house on Sunday. On Monday, workers removed all of the old seats. By Tuesday, 90 new high-back leather “rockers” were installed...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Ephrata police recognized for life saving actions

    School resource officer gives update On the evening of March 1, Ephrata police officers Brian Dell Isola, Sean O’Hanlon and officer in training Cody Newswanger were instrumental in saving the life of a woman who scaled a...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • Ephrata Main Theatre changing hands

    At the end of the week, Penn and Amiee Ketchum will take control of and begin renovations of the Ephrata Main Theatre. Owners Steve and Karen Brown, who’ll open the theater for one last weekend, had struggled...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • EHS seniors file toward the stage area at graduation Thursday.
    Ephrata’s 122nd commencement set for Tuesday at War Memorial

    Ephrata High School will hold its 122st commencement exercises Tuesday, June 6. Ephrata Area School District announced ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. at War Memorial Field. It will be held at Ephrata Middle School in case...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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