Fest brewin’ downtown

By on May 13, 2015


Ephrata Borough Council on Monday approved a request to hold BrewFest, a craft beer festival in downtown Ephrata.

Downtown Ephrata Inc. got the green light to use the Whistle Stop Plaza and parking lot for the event on Oct 10.

The approval is subject to the organization’s submission of insurance certificate naming the borough as an additional insured and the approval of all public safety logistics by Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey.

In other news from Monday’s borough council meeting: Mayor Ralph Mowen chastised those charged in the “ugly incident” recorded over the weekend and posted on social media.

Ephrata Police on Monday charged two teens and a juvenile related to the posting of a Facebook video depicting individuals who had smoked a synthetic drug.

The video, recorded behind the Whistle Stop in downtown Ephrata, provided enough evidence to charge the teens, Chief Harvey told Ephrata Borough Council Monday.

Police charged two teens with public drunkenness and cited the person who posted the video for disorderly conduct.

“Why people post things on Facebook that can get their tails in a sling I don’t know,” Mowen said. “Some of those people just aren’t real bright in some cases.”

The disturbing Facebook video shows a disoriented young man about 19-years-old stumbling around for eight-plus minutes after he had smoked “spice” a synthetic drug often called synthetic marijuana.

The video also shows another teen who had apparently vomited after smoking the drug.

  • Council approved an amendment to the borough’s rental ordinance that excludes fees for transient housing with more than 15 units, certain state licensed institutions, and bed and breakfasts. The request had been submitted by the Hampton Inn.
  • Ephrata Library Director Penny Talbert provided a financial update and details of upcoming events. Talbert expects about 60,000 people to attend the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibit “Exploring Human Origin: What Does it Mean to be Human” at Ephrata Library July 29-Aug. 25.

Ephrata Library is one of only 19 libraries in the country selected to host the event.

“This is a unique opportunity,” Talbert said. “The public library is the perfect host for lifelong learning activities and public dialogue.”

The opportunity to host interesting events is nothing new for the Ephrata Library. In the last three years it’s held The Big Read, a reading initiative funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and Discover Earth, the science exhibit that drew over 60,000 visitors over a six week period in 2013. The library also played host to The Civil War Road Show through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.

  • Council approved a deferment request to install trees within the lease area of the public right-of-way at McDonald’s, 140 N. Reading Road, until a later date.
  • The streets improvement project was approved to the apparent lowest bidder, H&K Group Inc., of Skippack. H&K’s bid was $399,916.
  • The borough approved the Ephrata Farmers Day Association’s request to hold the 97th annual Ephrata Fair from September 21-26.
  • Council approved Ephrata Library’s request to hold an outdoor screening of the film “Lords of Dogtown” at the skate park on June 13.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer and social media editor for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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