• Welcome to the wild

    When Denver Borough councilman Dan Rogers, of Sycamore Street, opened the door to his backyard to take out the dog on a hot, steamy Saturday, June 30, a three foot alligator was directly in front of him...

    • Posted July 11, 2018
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  • Santa’s arrival altered; no more ENB roof ‘landings’

        Santa won’t be “flying” his reindeer-driven sleigh into Ephrata this year, but he’ll most certainly arrive for his annual Christmastime appearance. It was Christmas in July Monday evening as Ephrata Borough Council learned about changes...

    • Posted July 11, 2018
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  • DOVE Westgate begins expansion

    DOVE Westgate Church in Ephrata is preparing to undergo a drastic building expansion project. This new expansion will focus primarily on the west wing and back portion of the building. The east wing of the church, currently...

    • Posted July 11, 2018
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  • There is plenty of anticipation for the Tom Petty tribute band Refugee, fronted here by Mike and Hillary Epstein, coming to Ephrata’s Grater Park next Tuesday. Photo from refugeeband.com
    Popular Petty tribute band at “Concert by the Creek” Tues.

    Summer is heating up and so are the free Concerts By the Creek in Ephrata’s Grater Park. The annual series had a good start with Goose kicking things off back in June, but Tuesday, July 10 is...

    • Posted July 5, 2018
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  • Fireworks boom over the Ephrata Middle School during last year’s Fourth of July celebration.
    Heat is on, but lots of cool things happening right here on the 4th

    While the area may indeed be in the midst of one of the longest heat waves in recent memory, there is plenty going on in Ephrata July 4 to help make the sizzling temperatures more tolerable. In...

    • Posted July 3, 2018
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  • Zachary Graney stocks mortars at the fireworks sales tent in Ephrata. The tent does not stock M80s or firecrackers, but it has an assortment of aerial devices that became legal to purchase by a new state law in October. Photo by Patrick Burns
    Kaboom!

    Last October, the state legalized the sale of up to 50 milligrams of explosive material which includes firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets Zachary Graney hears the same question from customers arriving at the Wicked Fireworks sales...

    • Posted July 3, 2018
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  • For the past 14 years Wayne Siegrist’s flagpole was stored outdoors at his farm, slowly covered in vines and rusting from the elements. On May 25, the flagpole was retrieved by GSM Industrial, which used heavy equipment and a long truck to transport the flagpole back to the GSM Industrial facility in Lancaster. Photo by Dave Kramer
    Veterans Honor Park gets a fitting gift

    When the Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster is built, it will be built in recognition of the service of veterans throughout Lancaster County. Even though it is located in Lititz, the veterans who will be honored come...

    • Posted July 3, 2018
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  • Downtown was hop’in!

    Annual Brewfest draws biggest crowd to date (Photos by Missi Mortimer)    The third annual Ephrata Brewfest dodged rain before and after the festivities and had what appeared to be its most successful event yet. Held at...

    • Posted June 28, 2018
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  • Gone but not forgotten: Beloved events that were once at the Ephrata Fair

    (The following is the sixth in a series of monthly articles leading up to the 100th Ephrata Fair, set for Sept. 25-29. The feature highlights beloved elements of the past that no longer exist) Once we were...

    • Posted June 28, 2018
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  • Historical Society’s new publication focuses on headquarters

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the construction of what is now its headquarters — the Connell Mansion — the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley’s annual journal focuses on the historic building at 237-49 W. Main...

    • Posted June 28, 2018
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