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School board works to improve food service program in 1994.

10 Years Ago

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Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 24, 2004

• Budget cuts – The state budget cuts to library funding are now hitting home and directly impacting the Ephrata Public Library. A release this past week from the library indicates that already a full-time position has been eliminated through attrition, while materials and programming budgets have been decreased and part-time hours have been cut. Possbily more noticeable to the public will be changes to the hours they can patronize the North Reading Road facility. The release stated that to adjust for the cut in employees and staff hours, the library will be closing at 5 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

• Denied – Ephrata Township Supervisors last week unanimously denied a request from a local church to amend the township’s zoning ordinance to accommodate the congregation’s long awaited building project. In December, Evangel Assembly of God, Ephrata, challenged the township’s zoning ordinance which prohibits churches from building on lots larger than five acres within an agricultural zone. The church had entered into an agreement to purchase 25 acres of farmland along Hahnstown Road, however, it was contingent upon the necessary approvals from the township.

• DIED – Leon A. Carvell, Rothsville; H, Glenn Snodderly, Ephrata; Lydia H. Weaver, Ephrata; Clifford J. Short Jr., Denver; Marian Shiffer, Leola; Mary Ellen Brubaker, Ephrata; Anna Richards, Ephrata; Wellington Floyd, Denver; Infant Ethan Hurst, Denver; Clara Graeter, Ephrata; Dennis W. Keihl, Hershey; Earle T. Pierce, Lancaster; Marian Fowler, Mount Joy; Helen Esbenshade, Lititz; Carl Lindenberger, Columbia; Edmund W. Killheffer, Leola; Walter Williams; Narvon; Leo L. Weaver, Manheim.

20 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 23, 1994

• Food options – It’s a win, win situation. In an attempt to gain the best of both worlds, an even better product in the food service department of the Ephrata Area School District, while at the same time, making the program self supporting, the school board gave the administration the go ahead on an enhancement program Monday. Prior to the presentation, business manager Roger Brubaker indicated that a study had been conducted by the district to explore ways of improving an already quality food service program. A small controversy brewed in town late last year when residents were informed that the possibility of bringing in a private vendor to run the program was being considered. On Monday, Brubaker said that the group’s study indicated that would not be a viable option.

• Walmart plan – Approximately 40 citizens waited for the person next to them at the Ephrata Township Planning Commission meeting Tuesday to stand up and say what was on their mind regarding the proposed plan to build a Walmart superstore along Route 322 near the Route 222 interchange. But with the exception of one question, the Walmart segment of the meeting was short and very quiet. Following a brief explanation of the plan, Ephrata Township engineer Alan Beechey discussed some concerns and comments despite the fact that he admitted the plan was only a sketch.

• Bronze – The comeback trail was paved bronze for Cocalico High School Junior Troy Burkholder. After losing to his opening round opponent, Northwest runner-up Fred Scriven of Commodore Perry, Burkholder cruised to five straight victories and a third place finish in the 189-pound PIAA state wrestling championship in Hershey last weekend.

• DIED – Kathryn Gerstenlaur, Ephrata; Florence E. Worley, Ephrata; Charles L. Gehr, Ephrata; Alverta K. Mohler, Ephrata; Annie H. Kilhefner, Ephrata; Martha Weinhold, Hinkletown; Maria H. Horning, Ephrata; Miriam A. Enck, Akron; Don S. Fisher, Manheim; Gladys M Fretz, Neffsville; Roy E. Rudy, Landisville; Mary Elizabeth Shenk, East Petersburg; Arlene Althouse, Ephrata; Florence Schnable, Ephrata; Ernest Kroeck, New Holland Pike; George S. Freeman, Denver; Melvin K. Harry, Manheim; Laverne Keeney, Lititz; Paul Reynolds, Ephrata; Gerald J. Steely, Newmanstown.

30 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 22, 1984

• A race – Seven of the 18 positions on the Ephrata Area Republican Committee are up for grabs in next month’s primary election marking the first time in most observer’s memories that an actual race will take place for a spot on the committee. It’s very unusual, and I’ve never seen it in the Ephrata area before,” said John Bright, the committee’s present chairman. “He has been involved with local politics since the 1960s and a committeeman off and on since the middle 1960s.

• Rescinded vote – Ephrata Borough Council will rescind its approval of a $236,571.78 street improvement project at a special meeting Thursday night. A miscalculation by borough officials resulted in the approval of the contract earlier this month although it was not the lowest price combination available, according to L. Victor Dickinson, borough manager. The contract was compromised of individual bids for reconstruction or resurfacing of portions of five borough streets and was approved by council at its regular meeting March 12.

• DIED – Jeremiah Z. Martin, Newmanstown; Laura S. Getz, Ephrata; Samuel N. Newswanger, Ephrata; Henry A. Hassler, Akron; Ray L. Ensinger, Ephrata; Anna S. Martin, New Holland; Barbara W. Oberholtzer, East Earl; Charles W. Shimp, Reamstown; Raymond M. Hess, Rothsville; Sara A. Lindecamp, Leola; Hattie Mae Rynier, Ephrata; Amanda S. Carney, Reamstown; Lizzie M. Kiehl, Reamstown; Edna M. Waid, Goodville; Irene S. Hoffnecker, Akron; Richard S. Haffin, Schuylkill; Charles N. Lawson, Lancaster; Ethel Mae Hehnly, Womelsdorf; Irene M. Keener, Sinking Spring; Evelyn B. Rogers, Shillington; W. Ernest Lewis, Upper Darby; Ross E. Ditzler, Elizabethtown; John W. Ruhl, Manheim; Hanna P. Romig, Suplee; Russel W. Steffy, Hyde Crest; Mary Hawthorne, Lancaster; Ada S. Lehman, Lititz.

40 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 21, 1974

• Rescue – Two members of the Pioneer Fire Company, who prefer to remain unidentified, rescued an 11-year-old girl from the porch roof of a smoke-filled home late last Thursday night, according to fire Chief Vernon Schmuck. The fire call, at the 330 West Washington Ave. home of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Dutton, was received at 11:36 p.m. Chief Schmuck reports that three firemen, who live nearby, responded immediately. Two of them discovered Laurie Dutton on the roof and led her to safety.

• Fluoride protection – The teeth of Ephrata Area elementary pupils would be protected against decay by means of fluoride tablets under a voluntary program proposed by the School Health Advisory Committee at a meeting earlier this month. It is scheduled to be considered at the April 8 meeting of the Ephrata Area School Board, to be held at 8 p.m. at the Senior High School. The program, which would be offered to all area youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade whose parents sign permission slips would involve chewable, cherry-flavored tablets containing one milligram of the decay-inhibiting factor.

• DIED – Leon S. Wanner, Ephrata; Patricia Washlaski, Reinholds; Jeffrey L. Takacs, Hellertown; Frances Kates Abrams, Ephrata; Rose Miller, Ephrata; John D. Boas, Mohnton; Nellie P. Brown; Leacock; Annie F. Givler, Mohnton; Ruth Anna Hoover, New Holland; Ruth Evelyn DeLong, Ephrata; Charles R. Rathman, Ephrata; Daniel S. Plank, New Holland; Thomas Baer, Terre Hill; William Norman Howe, Churchtown; Raymond L. Schell, Denver; Phares Stoltzfus, West Earl Township; Amanda S. Hollinger, Goodville; Mayme R. Shiffer, Ephrata; Rita Haas, Churchtown.

50 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 19, 1964

• Soot probe – Residents of the first and second wards who have been hoping for relief from the soot problem, may have to wait for two to three months before a comprehensive report on what to do about it is even available, let alone relief as a result of action taken by borough council in special session Tuesday. By a vote of six to one, and the approval of Mayor David R. Eaby, council approved a motion to employ the Wisconsin Chemical and Testing Co., Milwaukee, Wis., one of the few firms in the country, equipped to make a complete stack test it is reported, to make such a test here along with ways and means to reduce, if possible, the amount of flyash emission from the electric plant chimneys.

• Building destroyed – A six alarm fire on the farm of Simon R. Snyder, Ephrata R1, about three miles northeast of the borough, destroyed a wagon shed and its contents, which included farm machinery and orchard supplies early Saturday morning. Mrs. Snyder said it was a total loss, but she was unable to estimate the amount of damage. An automobile was removed from the shed before firemen arrived, but according to Mrs. Snyder, nothing else was saved because “it burnt so fast.”

• DIED – Israel B. Zartman, Brickerville; Isaac G. Zug, East Petersburg; Peter L.Weaver, Ephrata; Minnie E. Ranck, Philadelphia; John Willis Von Nieda, Ephrata; Cora H. Steinmetz, Ephrata; Infant Pamela Sue McQuate, El Paso, Texas; Levi Weiler, Denver; Alice Shimp Meckley, Denver; Ella R. Edwards; Hopeland; Galen D. Keiler, Reading.

60 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Eprhata Review

Issue of March 25, 1954

• Crash – Daniel W. Bowman, 28, of 532 East Main St., escaped unharmed when his tank truck loaded with 4,500 gallons of gasoline crashed into an embankment and burst into flames, north of Bloomsburg.

• Contract – Calvin “Skip” Hauck outstanding and popular Ephrata sports star has signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Baltimore Orioles in that team’s farm system.

•DIED – Mrs. William Sweigart, Ephrata; Isaac Slabach, Stevens; Leroy Newswanger, Farmersville; Harry S. Lefever, Stevens; Mrs. Paul B. Snead, Ephrata; Mrs. Justus Lutz, Denver.

70 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 23, 1944

• Appointment – Ira S. Franck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Franck, South State Street, who graduated from Ephrata High School in 1915, has been appointed professor of economics and accounting at Elizabethtown College.

• Banquet – The first annual father and son banquet of the newly organized Reamstown Lions Club will be held next Tuesday in the Reamstown Fire Hall.

• DIED – William C. Frymyer, Talmage; George W. Echternacht, Ephrata; Mrs. Sophia Stauffer, Ephrata; Allen H. Martin, Cocalico

80 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 28, 1934

• New business – Earl R. Sandoe, South State Street, has been appointed Oldsmobile dealer for this area. and Eberly’s Garage has announced that they have received the Buick and Pontiac agencies.

• Award – An honor that was given but to three students in the United States came to an Ephrata girl. Miss Edith E. Strohl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willam R. Strohl, West Main Street, was awarded the coveted fellowship to the University of Grenoble, France.

• New duties – Installation of the metal guard fence on the footbridge constructed on the old E & L trolley bridge, West Main Street, was made this week.

• DIED – Harry F. Hoover, Ephrata; Martin W. Reich, Ephrata; Henry B. Hess, near Mohler’s church; John Henry Gress, near Reinholds; Mrs. Sallie Stauffer, Hinkletown; Frederick Mohler, new Bowmansville.

90 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 21, 1924

• Accident – R.E. Brendle of East Main Street escaped with only scratches of the body when his car collided with another at Cornwall on March 15.

• Fever – Several cases of scarlet fever were reported in the borough

• Moved – Keares Bros. this week moved their shoe shining parlor and tailor shop into the portion of the building they occupy at the corner of East Main and Washington Avenue, formerly used, as a waiting room by the Conestoga Traction Co.

• Not sold – The heirs of D.S. Von Neida did not dispose of the Mountain Springs Hotel at the sale that was held recently, although the sale was well attended. The bids went up to $60,000 It is understood that several parties are considering buying it now, according to a published report in the Lititz Record on March 20, 1924.

• DIED – Mrs. Hannah Sheirey, Lincoln; Mrs. Mollie Flickinger, Reinholds; Mrs. Bertha J. Berckhart, Ephrata; Mrs. John W. Werner, Ephrata; Mrs. Elizabeth Wolfskill, near Reamstown.

100 Years Ago

Wednesday’s Ephrata Review

Issue of March 20, 1914

• Injured – J.M. Givler proprietor of the Givler shirt factory in the Stephen building near the Market House fractured a rib while lifting cartons. He was treated by Dr. J. F. Mentzer.

• Chase – A fox chase was held recently from the old baseball diamond along Pine Street at the northeastern edge of town. The fox, after being freed, took a northeastern course toward Clay township and was caught by the dogs near Clay. J.C. Landes secured the brush.

• DIED – Annie, widow of William Wise, Ephrata; Catherine, widow of Jacob F. Ruth, Rothsville; Mrs. William Royer, Terre Hill.

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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