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Ephrata German Exchange Students Make Trip Of A Lifetime

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

A group of 25 Ephrata High School students, along with their German teachers Sally Wise and Amanda Nace, recently returned from a three-week student exchange program in Germany. Students stayed with host families and were immersed in the culture and language that provided memories of a lifetime. The students have been studying German for three to four years, and although they were nervous when they arrived, their uneasiness quickly disappeared after meeting their host families. The group visited Eberbach, Heidelberg, Rothenburg, as well as the castle Neuschwanstein in the Alps.

Ephrata and German sister city Eberbach have been coordinating student exchanges for many years, allowing students to explore and learn about other cultures. Each student came home with a broader understanding of the world and their place in it, and the real connections that were made will shape the students in a positive way.

The group is shown attending a Friends of Eberbach picnic to talk about their experiences. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front row) Brittany Fry, Brigette Garcia, Jennifer Sherk, Lorraine Garday-Flores, Ellie Martin, Carly Holochuck, Mrs. Sally Wise; (second row) Mrs. Amanda Nace, Zachary Gehman, Katie Earl, Kaylee Eastburn, Sarah Boyer, Nicole Johnson, Hannah Grube, Amber Duffney; (third row) Parker Heberlig, Henry Gallagher, Keith Joerger, Alec Smith, Alexis Mastle, Julie Walker, Katherine Zelenak; (back row) Joseph Vidzicki, Mitchell Fry and John Hoffman.


Large Crowd Enjoys Concerts By The Creek Music Series

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Local residents took advantage of the perfect weather last week to enjoy another free concert in the Grater Community Park. The Concerts by the Creek series is celebrating its tenth year of bringing high quality concerts to the park, all free of charge. The most recent concert featured Refugee, a Tom Petty tribute band that drew hundreds of music fans to this wonderful venue. The opening act was the Dreadnought Brigade, who made a great impression on concert-goers as well. Food trucks were on hand, offering a great selection to eat. Shown is a small portion of the large crowd.


Get “Shipwrecked” At Holy Trinity Vacation Bible School

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites children ages three through fifth grade to venture onto an uncharted island where they will discover ways to survive and thrive! A fun-filled and inspirational Vacation Bible School program, “Shipwrecked” will be offered free of charge from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, July 22 to 26 at the church, 167 East Main Street, Ephrata.

Through games, crafts, snacks, music and Bible stories, the program is designed to anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms.

To register your children or for more information, call the church office at 717-733-4134. On-site registration will also be held each evening of the Vacation Bible School program. Please enter the rear of the church at Sugar Alley. Parking is also available behind the church.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Nick Keller, Ava Morgan, Miles McGinty and Isaac McGinty.



Hospital Will Soon Offer State-Of-The-Art Robotic Surgery

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WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital recently announced that it will soon offer the latest techniques in minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery. The hospital recently installed its first da Vinci robotic surgery system, allowing a surgeon to perform advanced surgical procedures via a few small incisions. These incisions are about the size of a dime, and usually can be covered with a small dressing about the size of a Band-Aid after surgery. Among the surgical procedures that will be performed with the da Vinci system are hernia repairs, gallbladder surgery and gynecological surgery, such as hysterectomies, ovarian surgeries and uterine surgeries.

During robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a specially designed console, positioned in the operating room near the patient, performing the surgery by manipulating robotic instruments. One instrument holds a lighted endoscopic camera that provides the surgeon with a three-dimensional, high-definition image of the surgical field inside the patient’s body. The entire surgical team can see the field via a large viewing monitor. The other robotic arms hold instruments, which the surgeon manipulates via controls at the console. The controls precisely translate the surgeon’s hand movements.

“The arms provide a range of movement that is even greater than the human wrist,” said Sonia Shah, MD, (shown in the photo) of WellSpan OB/GYN. “The da Vinci system enables us to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.”

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