LACKAWANNA SKY TO APPEAR AT EPHRATA THIRD SATURDAY

2. Lackawanna Sky L - R David Rose, Russell Ferrara..

2. Lackawanna Sky L – R David Rose, Russell Ferrara..

Elizabethtown, PA – Lackawanna Sky comes off the road to perform on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00am for the Third Saturday Open Air Market on Main Street in Ephrata, PA. The performance is sponsored by the Ephrata Merchants Association. The performance is free and open to the public.

Spirit Wind Records recording artists Lackawanna Sky, David Rose, Native American flutes, and Russell Ferrara, classical and synthesizer driven guitars performs a unique blend of original, Indie-Classical instrumental music weaving Native American and classical influences with Latin American and African rhythms and Scots Irish, American Folk and Flamenco flourishes. Rose also performs New Age flute and double flute solos and Ferrara from his classical repertoire as well as his selection of garage band instrumentals arranged for classical guitar.

Lackawanna Sky returns to PA on June 15 following a week of performing and teaching in the Lake Lanier region of Northwest Georgia. The duo performs regularly in the Susquehanna Valley region with upcoming performances at the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum in Willow Street and at the Kipona and Spirit of Oneness Festivals in Harrisburg.

The mission of the Ephrata Merchants Association is to promote the identity and the awareness of the Ephrata business district through advertising, promotions, and special community toward the goal of working together to satisfy their customer markets and to continually enhance the vitality of each member business and the community as a whole.

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Owners Of Burned-Out McDonald’s In Ephrata To Begin Rebuilding

The owners of a burned-out McDonald’s in Ephrata plan to soon begin tearing down the old restaurant and building a new one that could be open by mid-July.

The McDonald’s at 140 N. Reading Road in the Cloister Shopping center was destroyed by a fire last June.

Read more:

http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/owners-of-burned-out-mcdonald-s-in-ephrata-to-begin/article_38b10996-df7e-11e4-b95b-c30bb5aceab5.html

96th Annual Ephrata Fair Kicks Off Tuesday

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ninety-six years young, the Ephrata Fair takes to the streets of the borough starting Tuesday.

The county’s oldest fair fills Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to Park Avenue, and State Street from Locust to Fulton, stopping just short of the Pioneer Fire Company building.

On the midway, the fair-goer will find food stands selling everything from full meals to sandwiches and cotton candy, including the Akron Lions’ Club’s famous toasted cheeseburger, along with games of chance and rides for all age groups, provided by Houghton Enterprises Inc. In Thomas Grater Memorial Park, Lancaster County’s youth shows off the best in livestock.

On Wednesday, the 81st annual Ephrata Fair Parade takes to the streets. This year’s edition features not one, not two, but three Mummers bands from Philadelphia, the Fralinger String band, the Uptown String Band and the Quaker City String Band, first place winners in the 2014 Mummers Day Parade.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/ephrata/news/th-annual-ephrata-fair-kicks-off-tuesday/article_dc00a0aa-3ddc-11e4-95be-0017a43b2370.html

Fair Website: ephratafair.org

Clerk, Two Friends, Rob Ephrata Convenience Store

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Ephrata convenience store clerk and her two friends robbed the store of over $12,000 worth of goods and disappeared on Thursday.

Police are looking for Brittany Lee Taylor, 23, Anthony Joseph D’uva, 25 and Damion Lee Good, 24, all of Ephrata.

According to Ephrata Borough Police, at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, a patron discovered the Pricetown Ephrata Gas and Food Mart, 529 W. Main St., open but vacant.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/ephrata/news/clerk-two-friends-rob-ephrata-convenience-store/article_b6835b88-c11d-11e3-b9dd-001a4bcf6878.html

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Snowstorm Hits Lancaster County With Up To 7 Inches Of Snow; Dozens Of Crashes Snarl Roads

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lancaster County is getting off to a slow start this morning in the wake of the snowstorm that dropped 6.5 to 7 inches of snow overnight.

In addition, wind chills dipped below zero.

Most local school districts closed, and the Lancaster County Courthouse was opening 2 hours late.

One institution, Ephrata‘s Green Dragon farmer’s market, announced Thursday it was closed Friday.

Millersville University meteorologist Eric Horst, who initially had predicted 2 to 5 inches, upped his forecast to 4 to 7 inches late Thursday. Friday morning, he said most of the county got 6.5 to 7 inches of snow.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/939014_Snowstorm-hits-Lancaster-County-with-up-to-7-inches-of-snow–dozens-of-crashes-snarl-roads.html#ixzz2pMeUtsf8

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Ephrata Toy Store Plays With The Big Boys

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If someone asked you to name the nation’s five best toy stores, it’s doubtful that The Fun-est Toy Store Ever would make the list.

But guess again.

According to the tourist-friendly travel website, Rates To Go, the Ephrata toy shop at 24 E. Main St., is one of America’s top five toy stores.  That puts the store up alongside the enormous Toys R Us in New York’s Times Square, Ambassador Toys in San Francisco, the huge LEGO Store in Chicago, and the world famous FAO Schwarz, where actor Tom Hanks danced on the gigantic floor piano in the movie “Big.”

“I was shocked,” store owner Melissa Palermo-Spero said when asked her reaction to the news. “I don’t know how we came to being put in the same category as some of these really large, well-known, iconic toy stores.”

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/820204_Ephrata-toy-store-plays-with-the-big-boys.html#ixzz2MEUqa9kG

1,300 Gather For Food, Fellowship At Community Meal In Ephrata

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some Thanksgiving Days, Paul and Lorraine Martin of Ephrata would cook a turkey at home and, if they felt ambitious, go put up their Christmas lights afterward.

But on Thursday, the Martins and their son Jason took part in a new tradition, going to a Thanksgiving Day dinner in the heart of Ephrata with some long-time friends.

“And it’s a really nice thing,” said one of those friends, Jim Mertz of Manor Township, there with the Martins and his wife Sherri and their son Jesse, 27.

“I think it’s great that the churches here do this for everybody in the community. Everybody’s so friendly, you just feel blessed,” Mertz added.

“It does feel like a big, happy family.”

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/783422_1-300-gather-for-food–fellowship-at-community-meal-in-Ephrata.html#ixzz2D46DYa00

Galens Of Ephrata To Close

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Galens of Ephrata, an independent retailer of furniture and appliances that has operated in Ephrata since 1949, is closing because of the retirement of its owners, Mike and Edith Amico.

The store, at 389 N. Reading Road, has launched a going-out-of-business/retirement sale that is expected to last through the end of October.

The Amicos said that with their lease expiring at the end of November, now is the time to get out of the business.  They said they never made an attempt to sell, since they figured it would be too difficult.  “We just ruled that out,” Mike said.

However, they said the store continued to do well, with customers coming from all corners of Lancaster County.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/722965_Galens-of-Ephrata-to-close.html#ixzz254UujluU

Bachman Selling Its Snack Brands To Utz

Wyomissing-based snack maker Bachman Co. announced Saturday that it has sold its brands and certain assets to Utz Quality Foods Inc., Hanover, York County.

Brands such as Bachman, Jax, Thin’n Right and Chipitos, distribution rights to the brands and an Ephrata plant are part of the sale.

No purchase price was disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the next 30 days, according to a statement from Utz.

Scott Carpenter, Bachman president, said the company will change its name to Savor Street Foods Inc. and retain its Hyde Park plant.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=411372

Hearing Monday On Proposed Changes To State Police In Lancaster County

Editor’s note:  This is only the beginning….not a good thing!

…Under the current plan, scheduled to be implemented within the next year, the troopers now stationed at the Lancaster barracks would report to Troop L in Reading, though they would continue to be based here.

The Ephrata station, which patrols Elizabeth, Brecknock, Caernarvon and the northern part of Salisbury townships, would be closed.

Specialized units from Lancaster, such as fire marshals, drug investigators and accident units, would shift to Reading…

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/644183_Hearing-Monday-on-proposed-changes-to-State-Police-in-Lancaster-County.html#ixzz1uKQ17WL0

Cupcakes: Small Treats Are Fueling A Big Business

Wikipedia cupcakes, an in-kind donation by Geo...

Wikipedia cupcakes, an in-kind donation by Georgetown Cupcake before being devoured by Wikipedians. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who would have thought that something as diminutive as a cupcake could be such a huge business trend?

All over Lancaster County, cupcake bakeries are popping up like spring flowers.

And some of their cupcakes are even decorated with flowers, as well as fruit and other accents.

Cupcakes have been around since the 19th century, when “cup” cake referred to the quantity of ingredients, such as a cup of butter, two cups of sugar and three cups of flour.