Hotly debated issue

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Ephrata Borough Council president casts deciding vote in electric rate issue in 2004.

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10 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 3, 2004

• Anticipated vote – A week later the deciding vote was cast on the hotly debated electric rate issue but to the surprise of many, it didn’t come from the mayor. When the time came Monday for Ephrata Borough Council to vote on a 15.6 percent increase in customer electric rates, much of the crowd was focused on Mayor Ralph Mowen because one week ago he chose not to cast the deciding vote on the issue when council was deadlocked, stating he needed more time. But a tie vote a second time would have a different ending because the law requires a vote be cast. Due to the absence of Councilman Anthony Kilkuskie Monday, who was out of town, and one of the four that voted against the increase, that seemed to indicate the ordinance would pass. But that was before President Fred Thomas acknowledged the way Kilkuskie voted the week before, made a decision that certainly turned some heads and voted no instead of yes as he had the week before, defeating the ordinance, 4-3.

• Promotion – Senior Master Sergeant Michael L. Sauls has been selected for promotion to R7/Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, the highest grade in the enlisted force. Sauls, a graduate of Ephrata Senior High School, is the Propulsion Flight Chief, 1st Component Maintenance Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

• DIED – Roy H. Frederick, Denver; Lorraine Repass, Ephrata; Ellen N. Hoover, Ephrata; John Newswonger, Ephrata; Michael Adams, Lititz; Grace Fahnestock, Lititz; William A. Koch, Ephrata; Harvey E. Fasnacht, Reinholds; Lottie Adams, Ephrata; June Deibler, Ephrata; Dr. Harry W. Kurtz, Oneonta, N.Y.; Arthur Weaver, Ephrata; James W. Leister, Ephrata; Bessie Weish, Ephrata; Helen M Scanlan, Ephrata; Paul Ream, Lancaster; Brian Demmy, Lititz; Charles Kaye, Manheim; Gladys Brown, Leola; Marvin Hutchinson, New Holland; Ruth A. Myers, Lancaster; George S. Trupe, Columbia; Kathleen Mummert, Strasburg; Martha Mae Stoner, Terre Hill.

20 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 2, 1994

• Communication – Pretty soon, a lot of Hungarians will be able to use telephones in the privacy of their own homes, thanks to our local telephone company. The Denver and Ephrata Telephone Company was chosen Monday by the government of Hungary as part of a consortium that will provide telecommunications services to a section of a country that finds itself with virtually no private phones.

• Announcement – At the buzzer, County Controller James Fulmer decided not to run. After months of speculation, Fulmer told the Ephrata Review Tuesday that he will not be a candidate for the 99th District seat being vacated by State Rep. Terry Scheetz.

• Arson – An Ephrata woman was charged with arson following a fire in a Henn Avenue apartment building early Sunday morning. State police in Lancaster reported that the woman allegedly started two separate fires in the two-story, eight-unit, apartment complex where she lives.

• DIED – Mary Anna Hoover, Terre Hill; Pearl A. Wiker, Ephrata; Eugene Shirk, Ephrata; Norma Faye Rabold, Stevens; Harvey M. Zimmerman, Ephrata; Minnie Wilson, Mt. Airy, Elizabeth Nolt, Ephrata; Irvin Messner Sr., New Holland; Evan Millard, Ephrata; Otto R. Gertler, Ephrata; Frances Leonhard, Ephrata; Mercedes Rohrbach, Ephrata; Thomas S. Downs, Pequea; J. Stanley Kline, Manheim; Linda L. Long, Leola; Clarence Earl Smith, Manheim; Levi G. Stehman, Lancaster; Reuben Glick Stoltzfus, Lititz.

30 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 1, 1984

• Program change -Lancaster County vocational-technical schools may be changed to provide intensified training to high school seniors only, as early 1985, excluding sophomores and juniors from the program. For the past 14 years, sophomores, juniors and seniors have attended half-day sessions at vo-tech and spent the remainder of the day at their “home school.” Under the program, proposed by superintendents, high school students would complete their academic requirements by their junior year and would spend their last year at one of the three county vo-tech schools.

• New chief – Reinholds native Larry Keith is the new chief of police in West Cocalico township, having taken over the position vacated by the retirement of 20-year man Richard Fasnacht. Keith, who had worked as a patrolman for the township since May, 1, 1982, officially took over as chief on Jan. 1. He also is serving as the township zoning officer.

• DIED – Stephen Long, Ephrata; J. Ivan Snader, Ephrata; Charles C. Burd, Ephrata; Adam M. Loose, Rothsville; Victor Snyder, Leola; Ida D. Scheetz, Stevens; Anna Zimmerman, Akron; Florence D. Miller, Ephrata; Elva S. Leeman, Manheim Township; Frank E. Weaver, Ephrata; Annie M. Wolf, West Cocalico; Harry S. Hainley, Denver; David S. Zimmerman, Martindale; Mrs. Grace E. Rutter, Lititz; Raymond M. Miller, Mrs. Verna M Diffenbaugh, Lancaster; Isaac B. Zook, Christiana; Mrs. Miriam J. Gougler, Reading.

40 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of Feb. 28, 1974

• First service – Sunday will be the most important day in the recent history of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren. A large percentage of the 700 members of the local congregation will enter their new $826,000 religious complex on Crescent Avenue, adjacent to the Ephrata High School, for the first time, to attend the 10:15 a.m. worship service.

• New readers – The annual report of the libraries of the Ephrata Public Library showed an increase in both readers and circulation during the past year. More than 860 readers were registered during the year bringing the year’s total to 9,271. The total circulation of all materials was 95,800.

• DIED – Roy G. Miller, New Holland; Horace W. Weiler, Morgantown; Barbara N. Martin, Leola; Henry A. Shreiner, Leola; Warren A. Kessler, Mohnton; Samuel W. Foltz, Ephrata; Carey Lou Starr, New Holland; Anna R. Steffy, Reamstown; Paul E. Futer Sr., New Holland; Oscar P. Bowman, New Holland; Edward Davidson, Mountville; Arlene Simmons, Ephrata; Ethel Peters, Talmage.

50 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of Feb. 27, 1964

• Report card update – Members of the Ephrata Union School Board in session Monday heard a report by C. Daniel Biemesderfer, high school principal, on the report card system, which has been in use in the district for the past three years. The present report card system was inaugurated when the new junior-senior high school opened in 1961 and Biemesderfer told the board that it has been working out well, receiving a good response from the parents of the youngsters. He gave a summary of the effectiveness of the program by which parents are notified of the progress of their children between report card periods, if they are working up to their ability, or falling behind on their studies.

• Banquet held – The annual father and son banquet of First Evangelical United Brethren church was held on Tuesday night in the church fellowship hall. Approximately 220 persons attended. Rev. Edgar D. Wert, pastor of the church, offered the invocation. Entertainment included a trained dog exhibition by the Pennsylvania state police and a singing quartet comprised of Terry Shirk,.Dick Kreider, Leroy Kochel and Harry Richwine.

• DIED – Ira E. Farlow, Hopeland; Frank N. Good, Leola; John H. Foltz, Lancaster; Rev. Frank S. Landis Jr. Lansdale; M. Glenn Miller, Mechanicsburg; Frank Glass, Morgantown; Margaret Witwer, Goodville; John G. Binner, Reinholds; Paul B. Horning, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Charles B. Horning, Lebanon; Charles H. Beck, Lancaster; William R. Heisey, Manheim; Rufus E. Groff, North Wales; Lancaster.

60 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 4, 1954

• Chairman appointment – Rev. W. E. Waybright, Denver, has been appointed chairman for the Red Cross Fund campaign in the northeastern county division.

• Ambassador – Miss R. Eleanor Griffith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clem Griffith, Ephrata, R2, will leave for Germany as a “grass roots ambassador” under the International Farm Youth Exchange program.

•DIED – Harry Carpenter, Rothsville, Martin L. Weaver, Ephrata; Mrs. Ivan Weitzel, Ephrata.

70 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 2, 1944

• Decision made – Borough council in a special session decided to carry out the request of W.W. Moyer and divert the water in the old mill race along the Cocalico into the creek at the concrete spillway below the dam.

• Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Carter, lifelong residents of Ephrata and parents of Councilman William B. Carter, tomorrow will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on East Fulton Street.

• DIED – Mrs. Jones M.Eby, Brickerville; Mrs. Jacob Snader, Terre Hill; George C. Good, Bareville.

80 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 2, 1934

• New room – The management of Good’s Restaurant this week announced the opening of a new civic room in the quarters adjoining the ballroom.

• New store – One-hundred and two local business men, merchants, manufacturers, professional men and citizens have banded together to organize a new Chamber of Commerce in Ephrata. H. E. Rohrbach was elected president.

• DIED – Mrs. Amanda Marks, Terre Hill; Elam S. Long, Ephrata; Mrs. Frank G. Slick, Ephrata; Keller K. Sensenig, near Martindale.

90 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of Feb. 29, 1924

• New job – L.H. Hackman of Akron resigned as assistant cashier of the Farmer’s National Bank to go into the insurance business with his father-in-law.

• Hospital visit – W. L. Good, local merchant, recently spent several days in the hospital.

• DIED – Mrs. Albert Dietrich, Murrell; Mrs. Martin Sheaffer, Bareville; Christian Messner, Bowmansville.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of Feb. 27, 1914

• Surprise visit – Twenty young people of the Hope Evangelical Church made a surprise visit to their pastor, the Rev. I. W. Wanner, at the home of I. W. Gockley West Fulton Street, where he rooms. The occasion was the eve of Rev. Wanner’s departure for the East Pennsylvania annual denominational conference in Elizabethville, Dauphin County.

• Sleighing party – Phares Mohler and family, C.B. Eberly and family and Mrs. Bard and daughter formed a sleighing party to Lititz, where they spent the evening with Mr. and Mrs. Dave Habecker. Mrs. Habecker is Mr. and Mrs. Mohler’s daughter.

• DIED – Dorothy Alberta, infant daughter of Charles and Katie Hertzog, Hahnstown; Samuel H. Bingeman, Hopeland; Annetta W. Sweigart, Reinholds; Christain Harting, near Swartzville; Alpa M. Oberholtzer, near Farmersville; George Alvin, son of B. Frank and A. Elizabeth Metzger, Brownstown.

Research for Years Ago is compiled weekly by Review Staff writer Dena Reedy. Much of the style and information reported is written as it appeared in its original form.

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