• One of the largest crowds in recent memory descended upon downtown Ephrata last “Black Friday,” to celebrate the start of the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus. Photo by Dwight Palm
    ‘You better watch out…’

    The weather for Friday evening’s Christmas tree lighting and Santa’s arrival should be “just right,” said Cindy Mellinger, co-chair of the Ephrata Christmas committee. “It should be in the high 40s,” she said. “We have added an...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • Visitors to the Veterans Day Luminary Tribute Friday walk beneath the flag flown by an Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company ladder truck on the Winters Memorial Trail. Photo by Stan Hall
    Honoring the path to freedom

    On a near-perfect Veterans Day evening, the DEI Winters Leadership Memorial Committee once again hosted a luminary tribute to those who died in combat while serving the country. Approximately 800 luminaries were placed at the site of...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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    Despair deepens for displaced residents

    A failed temporary septic pipe backed up sewage Sunday into two Park Avenue apartment units rented by residents displaced by last week’s sinkhole by Patrick Burns Jack Farnquist Jr. grew a fondness for the gardenia plant he’d...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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  • Ephrata Main Theater owners Steve and Karen Brown say they’re at a crossroads for the future of their iconic movie house. Photo by Patrick Burns
    The Main needs help

    Owner Steve Brown says ticket sales must increase by about 8,000 per year to remain open Ephrata Main Theater owner Steve Brown understands that movie studios these days would like to release straight-to-home movies and even run...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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    It’s elementary when it comes to seasonal salutes

    On Pumpkin Day in  kindergarten at   Reamstown Elementary,  students   investigated properties of  the  pumpkin by measuring its height  and  circumference, and testing  whether it  floats.  They played   pumpkin  games,  ate pumpkin  treats, and  finally,  got to  paint ...

    • Posted November 16, 2016
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    WWII vets celebrating 75th wedding anniversary

    It all began in 1940 when Norman Eckert met pretty, dark-eyed Fern Moyer on the porch of her sister’s house in Akron. Fern was playing “You Are My Sunshine” on a steel guitar. Norman didn’t quite realize...

    • Posted November 10, 2016
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  • World War II veteran Dick Hershey is shown with Joey III, his shih-tzu. Photo by Preston Whitcraft
    92-year-old veteran recalls WWII officer program

    For World War II Veteran Dick Hershey, Veterans Day and Washington’s birthday both have special meaning to him. The 92-year-old Hershey grew up in Manheim, but for the past year, has lived in Ephrata at Keystone Villa...

    • Posted November 10, 2016
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  • Ephrata votes line up to cast their ballots in the 2016 Presidential election.
    Huge crowds flock to polls as nearly 70 percent of Ephrata residents voted for Trump

    While local homeowners had posted Donald Trump lawn signs about 35-times more often than dwellings fronted with Hillary Clinton placards, the news programs broadcast inside those homes offered little chance for the supporters of the maverick GOP...

    • Posted November 10, 2016
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  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Orlando.
    Adorable Deplorable

          Trump shocks the world, becomes 45th President of the United States. Nearly 70 percent of Ephrata voters choose Trump    By Patrick Burns While local homeowners had posted Donald Trump lawn signs about 35-times...

    • Posted November 9, 2016
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    Honor a vet with a commemorative brick

    Remember the military veteran in your family this Veterans Day with a personalized commemorative memorial brick paver displayed for all time at the Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County. The men and women of Lancaster County have...

    • Posted November 9, 2016
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