All posts by Cory Van Brookhoven

  • Step back in time for Christmas at The Ephrata Cloister

    With nearly 150 churches in Lancaster County, the Christmas season here always is a special time. Most of the area churches plan and host special events and services to celebrate the birth of Christ, and some start...

    • Posted December 4, 2019
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  • Santa’s back in town!

    The Christmas season is officially off and running in the borough after a Black Friday evening filled with light, music, food, fun, warm feelings and Santa. Wall-to-wall people and happy children waiting to get a glimpse of...

    • Posted December 4, 2019
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  • Years Ago

    Lyndon Schmidt (44) led all scorers for the Mounts’ basketball team during the 1979 opening game against McCaskey at Ephrata High School with a total of 14 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter when...

    • Posted December 4, 2019
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  • Setting the scene for Santa

    On Black Friday, Nov. 29, the 96th annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival will kick off the holiday season here. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the evening will see a wonderland of fun and activities for...

    • Posted November 26, 2019
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  • Ephrata’s Cookie Lady wins Food Network’s ‘Christmas Challenge’

    Laura Merkel’s oatmeal-kiwi-white chocolate Christmas tree cookie tart with cream cheese buttercream icing earned her $10,000 as the winner of her episode of Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge.” “I was completely shocked, both Megan and Miesha’s pieces...

    • Posted November 26, 2019
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  • An ‘Extraordinary’ record breaker

    Five hundred and twenty-two Lancaster County non-profit organizations set a new record for online donations in Friday’s 24-hour Extraordinary Give. The Lancaster County Community Foundation sponsored event topped 10.5 million dollars in its eighth year, for a...

    • Posted November 26, 2019
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  • Cocalico football soars to first district title in 25 years

    Cocalico Head Football Coach Dave Gingrich receives the celebratory shower from his son Brock (51) and Ronald Zahm following the Eagles’ big 45-7 win over Cedar Cliff Friday night in Denver for their first district title since...

    • Posted November 26, 2019
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  • Years ago

    Mayor Lloyd Gerhat welcomes Santa to town in late November of 1969 at the site of his special red house on Main Street. It was there, seated by a hot stove, that Santa would greet the town’s...

    • Posted November 26, 2019
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  • Heading back to the finals

    Eagles come back to beat Warwick, 21-13 to earn return trip to title game In the most crucial point of the game Friday in Denver, arguably the biggest moment of the season, Cocalico Coach Dave Gingrich put...

    • Posted November 20, 2019
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  • EASD continues sleep study discussion; considering later school day start time

    Ephrata Area School District officials have partnered with WellSpan Philhaven Hospital to study school start times. They’re specifically trying to determine if later start times would benefit students. While data from EASD parent and student surveys on...

    • Posted November 20, 2019
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