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Residents come together and say slow down regarding Kindergarten Center in 1994.

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10 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 17, 2004

• Rate hike – It was never a question of “if” but rather a question of “how much.” On Monday, that question was answered – for now. Although it wasn’t unanimous, Ephrata Borough Council voted Monday night to raise electric rates by 13.5 percent – slightly higher than was proposed just a few short weeks ago. The initial proposed increase of 15.6 percent was voted down by council on March 1 followed by a deadlock vote the week before.

• Honored – Ephrata grad Major Anthony Styer was recently awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Major Styer, a 1983 graduate of Ephrata Senior High School was honored with the following: Throughout the period of January 2003 to May 2003, Major Styer’s exceptionally meritorious performance of duty and leadership contributed significantly to the success of Task Force Tarawa during combat operations associated with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

• DIED – Frank Yurejefcic, Ephrata; Earl V. Emig, Ephrata; Josephine Jo. Skinner, Lititz; Barry Whitcraft, Akron; Verna Goshert, Akron; Jane Eichelberger, Lititz; Allen “Al” Hoffert, Ephrata; Nina Petticoffer, Ephrata; Anna Richards, Ephrata; Robert C. Haller, Ephrata; Akron; Esther A. Martin, Denver; Mary Jane Adams, Ephrata; Jonas N. Hoover, Ephrata; Mary J. Zern, Akron; Melvin Schlegel, Denver; William Crockett, Draper, Va.; Paul W. Sandoe, Narvon; Joseph Zimmerman, Leola; Vera Thompson, Elizabethtown; Charles R. Bowman Jr., Lancaster; Shane Kilhefner, Millersville.

20 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 16, 1994

• Kindergarten Center – With a fresh set of ears receiving the message, parents, residents and other interested parties restated their position Monday night regarding the proposed Kindergarten Center in the Ephrata Area School District. By a show of hands and plenty of testimony, the theme messages are, in no particular order, “Must we do this now?” “Can we have more time?” “I’m not against it, but aren’t we moving a little too fast?”and just plain old “Slow down.” Board President Gary Kraft said the board will air its opinions during the April meetings. Administrators and board members will look for more public comment before a vote is taken April 18.

• Walmart announcement – The speculation didn’t last long. Just two days after The Review chronicled the possibitlies that nation-wide superchain of department stores, Walmart would be coming to Ephrata Township, the plans were submitted to the municipal office. Walmart spokesman Kenneth Davis told The Ephrata Review Friday that plans were submitted to Township Manager Steve Sawyer in hopes the proposal could be on the agenda for the next planning commission meeting.

• Top math student – Cocalico Middle School eighth grader James Kelley proved he is one of the top math students in the state, and narrowly missed a chance to compete with the nation’s best. James was among 151 students representing 486 schools statewide in the MathCounts competition last weekend in Carlisle. After the preliminary rounds, he was selected as one of the 10 best, and competed in the final countdown round, where he placed seventh.

• DIED – Peter A. Ulrich, East Earl; Heidi Kay Potteiger, Ephrata; Frank S. Hurst, Ephrata; Jeannette Knotwell, Stevens; Thomas Livsey, Manhattan, N.Y.; Nancy G. Horning, Terre Hill; Melvern C. Slote, Ephrata; Ella Mae Landis, Ephrata; Mabel C. Steely, Ephrata; John Knauer, Denver; Stella Bowman, East Earl; Margie Mumma Rothsville; Lena Musser, Lititz; Evelyn H. Rehm, Lancaster; Philip E. Geiger, Harrisburg.

30 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 15, 1984

• Street project – Ephrata Borough Council approved a $236,571.78 street improvement contract Monday with Burkholder Paving, Ephrata R3, to reconstruct or resurface portions of five borough streets. The contract provides for the reconstruction of South State Street from Main Street to Sunset Avenue; Arch Street from Main Street to King Street; and North Maple Street form Walnut Street to Pine Street. It also calls for the resurfacing of South State Street from Sunset Avenue to Queen Street; Terrace Avenue from Broad Street to Pine Street and Cloister Avenue from Main Street to Martin Avenue.

• Large snow fall – Winter made a comeback during the past week., blowing two icy blasts through the area and leaving behind 11 inches of snow, just about two weeks before spring is scheduled to arrive. The largest snowfall of the season, 10 inches, hit last Thursday and Friday. This was followed up by an additional inch that fell Monday night, according to figures released by Dorothy Van Neida, local weather recorder. The most snow to hit the area this winter has been the more than six inches that fell late in January.

• DIED – Leon H. Reiff, Lititz; Claire C. Redcay, Ephrata; Charles W. Heckenberger, Ephrata; Howard H. McGinnis, Blue Ball; Esther O. Zimmerman, New Holland; Leroy Fry, Lancaster; Evelyn Mae Unangst, Ephrata; Roger L. Sheaf, Akron; Julia H. Miller, Leola; Robert A. McDonnell, New Holland; Infant Joshua M. Martin, Ephrata; Leroy H. Becker, Ephrata Township; Leona K. Witwer, Stevens; Bertha M. Musselman, Akron; Paul R. Kreider, Manheim; Isaac C. Smoker, Intercourse; Mrs. Ruth M. Whiteside, Witmer; James E. Reed, Wernersville; Mrs. Margie Hershey, Intercourse; Clifton G. Crouse, St. Cloud, Fla.; Mrs. Marjorie Mervine, Lebannon; Mrs. Mildred B. Strunk, Reading; Elmer B. Rehm, Kenhorst; Joseph C. Montag, Muhlenberg Township.

40 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 14, 1974

• First – With the help of Coach Spencer Henry and a fine basketball team, the relatively small Cocalico School District in northern Lancaster County was put on the map Friday night when the Cocalico Cagers knocked off a well balanced Exeter, 59-52, in the District Three Championship before more than 6,200 screaming fans at the Harrisburg Farm Show Arena. It was the first time that a Cocalico team got that far and the first Lancaster-Lebannon team to win the district title since Donegal turned the trick in 1968-69 under coach Ken Keener.

• New times – A long standing concern for the late hour at which Ephrata Area Elementary pupils are dismissed from classes, as late as 4:15 p.m. was resolved Monday night when the school board adopted an administration recommendation to change the normal starting time from 9 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and dismissal time to 2:35 p.m. effective in September. The new schedule, approved 6-1, also provides for reduction of the lunch period from 60 to 40 minutes and elimination of the formal afternoon recess.

• DIED – Milton G. Steffy, Denver; David S. Heiney, Akron; Harvey W. Mellinger, Ephrata; Helen V. Smith, Ephrata; R. Edwin Good, Terre Hill; Katie Sue Hertzer, East Earl; Belva Landis, Leola; Peter Zuk, Lititz; Mary H. Coble, Akron; David S. Habecker, Ephrata; Clayton H. Stief, Leola; Robert C. Arnold, Ephrata; William E. Marxen, Brownstown; Ada Hertzog, Ephrata; Sarah Kissinger, East Earl; Fannie W. Huber, Bareville; Bertha M. Landis, Leola; Arthur H. White, Ephrata; the Rev. Aaron G. Witmer, East Earl; Esther M. Leed, Akron; Stanley A. Kreitz Sr., Ephrata

50 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 12, 1964

• Terrible storm – Swirling winds with the punch of a full fledged tornado ripped through Lincoln, Clay and Brickerville areas late Tuesday morning leaving a path of destruction that is expected to total thousands of dollars. The twister left most everything in its path damaged in some way, either by the strong winds, or by flying debris that struck buildings.

• Project support – Borough council on Monday night approved a resolution offered by Leon F. Weit, councilman, fourth ward, and chairman of the borough highway committee, that the proposed new Route 222 four-lane highway extending from near Lancaster to the Reading-Lancaster interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, be approved as a major project by the State Highways Department.

• Land purchase – Steps to acquire a 110 by 500 foot strip of land bordering the Lincoln school property were taken by the Ephrata Union School Board Monday night. The tract, part of larger plot owned by J. Henry Hummer, would be used as additional playground area for the school, which will soon have six new classrooms and a utility section added to it.

• DIED – Edward H. Stayer, Pomona, Calif.; Harry B. Sweigart, Denver; Lottie May Buck, West Earl Township; Harry Ditzler, Reading; Infant Joanne F. Hoover, Reinholds; Viola E. Herr, Lancaster; Elsie H. Hoover, Ephrata; Christian Eckenroad, Reinholds; Daniel B. Eshelman, Gouglersville; Elizabeth I. Martin, Ephrata; Florence M. Fryberger, Ephrata; Paul E. Schmoyer, West Wyomissing; Mahlon G. Kilhefner, Ephrata; Bertha R. Hamlin, Akron; Joseph W. Cammauf, Denver.

60 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Eprhata Review

Issue of March 18, 1954

• Party – Mr. and Mrs. Levi. S. Gensemer of Reinholds were guests of honor at a banquet at Zinn’s Diner Sunday given by their children in celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary.

• Sold – A steam traction engine sold for $255 and an old dinner bell for $20 Tuesday at a farm sale held for the estate of Isaac Garman., south of Akron on Route 222.

•DIED – Samuel M. Hoisinger, Lincoln; Mrs. Daniel M. Nolt, Ephrata; Roy F. Rudy, Adamstown; Clarence O. Graybill, Brownstown; Mrs. Stella Bucher, Reinholds; Harry M. Disinger; Akron; Mrs. Clarence W. Mohler, Ephrata.

70 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 16, 1944

• Music time – Ira Bowman and his orchestra will provide the tunes for the St. Patrick’s Day dance at the American Legion home under the auspices of the Ephrata Area High School Alumni association.

• Marine first – Cpl. Robert J. Rutt was one of the first United States Marines to land on the Marshall Islands according to a letter received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Rutt, 401 Main St.

• DIED – Ivan M. Witmer, Reamstown; Harry B. Stauffer, Ephrata; Mrs. Jacob M Shiffer, Terre Hill; Oram M. Romig, Schoeneck.

80 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 16, 1934

• New business – Announcement was made of the opening of a new Dodge and Plymouth Sales and Service dealer in Ephrata. H. F. Harsh Jr., son of Postmaster and Mrs. H.E. Harsh of Bareville is proprietor and E.K. Eshbach, sales manager.

• New office – Dr. S. J. Wilker of Columbia , foot specialist and chiropodist, will open an office on the second floor of the J.P. Burkholder building, 109 E. Main St.

• New duties – On Monday, Howard Weinhold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Weinhold, of near Reamstown, assumed duties as a teller at the Farmers National Bank.

• DIED – Mrs. Pricilla B. Ravegum, Akron; Mrs. James W. Showalter, Akron; Noah Nolt, Farmersville; John Stephan, Ephrata; J. Warren Frankfort, Ephrata.

90 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 14, 1924

• New home – The Ephrata Motor Co. moved into its new building at North State and Chestnut streets.

• Fire – The Reamstown Fire Co. was called to extinguish a fire in the chimney of the house occupied by Charles Overholser.

• Sold – Mrs. William Hoover sold her property on Cherry Street to J.H. Strickler of Arlingtonville, and she, in turn, purchased the Strickler property.

• DIED – Katherine K. Appel, Reamstown; Charles A. Wise, Bareville; Benjamin G. Hoover, Clay Township; Benjamin Gerhart, Cocalico; Benjamin G. Dornbach, Richland; Earl Miller, Akron; Samuel L. Frey, near Bergstrasse Church; Mrs. Elizabeth Resser, Rothsville; Lizzie Mae Eberly, Reinholds.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 13, 1914

• Improvements – C.E. King, the grocer, has made extensive changes and improvements in his store adjoining the post office during the past few weeks, providing more room for the display of goods.

• Celebration – The hardware firm of I.G. Spreecher and Sons celebrated its 45th anniversary recently.

• DIED – Mrs. W. H. Richwine, Ephrata; Mrs. Samuel Becker, Denver

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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