• Here’s the trick…

      With Halloween and the election both quickly approaching, I couldn’t resist trying to somehow put the two together. I think for a trick, we won’t spend too much time talking politics here (full election preview on...

    • Posted October 29, 2014
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  • In appreciation of the opportunity to serve

      My time in the Pennsylvania State Senate is quickly coming to a close, as I have chosen not to seek a third term. It is with great humility and gratitude that I offer my deepest thanks...

    • Posted October 22, 2014
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  • ND GAME
    Did ABC’s mistake bleed into print media reporting of ND-FSU game?

    No corrections from NYTs, USA Today, New York Post It’s unfair to criticize New York Times reporter Tom Spousta for a pair of minor errors in his coverage of Notre Dame-Florida State game Saturday. Deadline reporting –...

    • Posted October 21, 2014
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  • Cloister social experiment

    Finally, the day I had anxiously anticipated for months had come and I could not wait to get down to the Ephrata Cloister for a rare tour of the upper floors of the Saal and Saron buildings....

    • Posted October 15, 2014
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  • My own EPAC story

    We all have people, places or things in our lives that matter deeply to us. For many it is family or religious beliefs that occupy the top of that list. For others, however, the list of what...

    • Posted October 8, 2014
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  • New ‘fair views’

      With me celebrating my 50th Ephrata Fair in 2014, I felt it was more important than ever to find some new perspectives. OK, so maybe I don’t recall the first five or so &tstr; when the...

    • Posted October 1, 2014
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  • Where’s the Burro?

      The many faces of Ephrata… that is the Burro of Ephrata! Do you know where The Burro of Ephrata is? Maybe the question is do you know WHAT the Burro of Ephrata is? Move aside Flat...

    • Posted September 24, 2014
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  • Rise again

      Of all the news stories unfolding over the past week, perhaps none struck a chord with the masses the way the devastating fire at Green Dragon did. Aside from the fact this is a core business...

    • Posted September 17, 2014
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  • Where you stand depends on where you sit

      Since changing seats at the Ephrata Rec Center a little over two years ago, moving from program coordinator to executive director, I have been reminded of the truth in this axiom quite a few times. As...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • ER20101208_CTalbertPenny3
    Real estate and research

    When patrons visit our library for the first time, the most heard comment has to do with either the buzzing of people or the amount of things we’ve stuffed into our building. Passersby may wonder why there...

    • Posted September 3, 2014
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