All posts tagged "featured"

  • After the storms cleared town by Friday, the 100th Ephrata Fair midway was packed throughout the weekend. Here is a view from the top of East Main Street Saturday night. Photo by Kirk Neidermyer
    Great weekend ends 100th Ephrata Fair on a high note

    Seemingly rising out of the macadam on Monday night, the 100th Ephrata Fair took shape downtown in and around a chaos convoy of trucks, cars trailers, and determined wrench-wielding workers raising trailers and arranging tanks, stoves, grills,...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • Five employees of the Pancake Farm, who combined, have over 100 years of service to the beloved restaurant. (Top row, left to right) Patty Pletz (20 years), Connie Donmoyer (28 years), Katie Seibel (25 years). (Bottom l-r) owners Kathy Styer (36 years), Beth Buchter (36 years). Photo by Cory Van Brookhoven
    Griddled with memories

    Longtime owners of The Pancake Farm to close iconic business Dec 1. It’s the end of an era. After nearly four decades, the Pancake Farm, an iconic eatery in Ephrata which has served customers for generations, will...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • Scott and Carla Sweigart pose with one of their signature steak sandwiches. According to Scott, this will likely be the last time the familiar sandwich will be served at the yearly Ephrata Fair. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Sweigart’s last stand?

    This one’s for you, “BIP!” That’s the message posted to the Sweigart’s Steaks 2018 Facebook page. But this is no regular mom and pop business­this is an Ephrata icon. Members of the Sweigart family say they may...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • Wawa to close for 30-day renovation

    Gas pumps to remain open Wawa officially confirmed Tuesday that it will close its busy Ephrata location for a 30-day extensive renovation project. Lori Bruce, Wawa spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday that its renovation schedule at 602 S Reading...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • MC hands Ephrata first loss

    Barons pull into first-place tie with EHS girls following 3-1 result After battling Berks county power Wilson for 80 tough minutes Monday, unbeaten Ephrata had to turn around and face Manheim Central 24 hours later. That certainly...

    • Posted October 3, 2018
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  • ‘Fair’ly optimistic

    100th Fair off to a soggy start, with only second parade cancellation in 80 years, but hope remains for a big finish Steady downpours that lasted most of the day put a damper on opening night ceremonies...

    • Posted September 26, 2018
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  • Photo by Missi Mortimer Quickel at the fair office Monday afternoon during the busy contest registration time.
    Planning a party

    As 100th committee chair, Quickel pulled the anniversary team together Time is her enemy. There is so much to do, Beth Quickel thinks, and time is running out. It is Tuesday evening — a week before the...

    • Posted September 26, 2018
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  • Gen. Tom Hobbins, a decorated U.S. Air Force officer, who spent the first 18 years of his life in Ephrata, spoke at the Welcome Home event. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    ‘Welcome Home’ ceremony also moved indoors

    When Sunday’s rain blanketed the Ephrata area, the veteran’s “Welcome Home” ceremony to kick off the 100th Ephrata Fair was moved indoors to the Ephrata Fire Company Banquet Hall. The Ceremony was originally scheduled for 2:00 p.m....

    • Posted September 26, 2018
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  • Marvin Sauder with daughter-in-law, Lynette Sauder. Marvin was a co-chair of the fair and Lynette is currently on the 100th committee and the board of directors for the fair. Photo by Missi Mortimer
    Deja-moo: Celebrity Cow Milking Competition returns

    It’s “udder-ly” exciting! The Celebrity Cow Milking Competition is returning to the Ephrata Fair after a long hiatus, in honor of the 100th Fair celebration. “It was an event that drew the community,” said Lynette Sauder, 100th...

    • Posted September 26, 2018
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  • The fire crew, pictured in front of the new truck, are (front row, left to right) Tanya Reynolds (secretary); Barry Rehlich (president); Roxane Shiplett (vice president); Lindsey Hartranft (captain), and Jill Hartranft (treasurer). (Back, l-r) Glenn Heinsey (firefighter); Gerald Hartranft (assistant engineer) , Ben Hall (firefighter); Joel High (deputy chief); Lester High (chief engineer); Eric Shiplett (trustee); Gordon Whitehill (firefighter); Donny Stover (chief); Carl Haberman (fire police captain); Justin Lausch (trustee), and Jim Cataldi (fire police lieutenant). Photo by Aubree Fahringer
    Holy smokes! Smokestown Fire Co. celebrates new pumper

    Smokestown Fire Company celebrated their new 2018 Pierce Enforcer Tanker on Sept. 15 with an open house, held at the fire station. President Barry Rehlich has been involved with the fire company for 34 years and he...

    • Posted September 26, 2018
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