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Aevidum Club Food Drive For EASS

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The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 Annual Dinner at Foxchase Golf Club, Stevens, recently. The formal gathering, sponsored this year by Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital, afforded the 275-plus members the opportunity to network with fellow business leaders, enjoy a delicious dinner and then move into the annual business meeting where a “State of the Chamber” review was given for 2015 and the goals and objectives were defined for the new year.

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“Touch A Heart” Campaign Expresses Thanks To Military

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For the third year, Blue Ridge Communications hosted the “Touch a Heart” campaign to send Valentine’s Day cards of gratitude to military members at home and abroad. Recently the Ephrata Public Library staff joined Ephrata Manor staff and residents to express their appreciation to those making sacrifices on behalf of our nation.

“No matter how old you are, it is a reminder to always express gratitude to our service men and women,” said Rebecca Lawrence, Manager of Public Programs and Outreach at the Ephrata Public Library, as they made cards together with residents. “We identify with the mission of Blue Ridge Communication’s ‘Touch a Heart’ project and will help to exceed their goal of 1,750 cards. Working with our patrons at our satellite library today at Ephrata Manor was a perfect partnership opportunity.”

Shown are residents of Ephrata Manor being assisted by Michelle Cisney (aid) as they create cards for this event.



Sir Valentine Court At Cocalico High School Announced

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Cocalico High School has announced the following six young men competing to claim the title of Sir Valentine. This year’s winner will be crowned at the Sir Valentine Dance and the court includes, from left to right, Brett Geib, Alex Reiff, Kenneth Wallace, Brett Bollinger, Billy Paiana and Val Reisig.


PMEA District Orchestra

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The following two Ephrata High School students have been chosen as PMEA District Orchestra participants. Shown, from left to right, are Stefan Wiebe and Cristin Chon.


PMEA Youth Honors Band Participants

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Ten students from Cocalico Middle School were chosen to participate in this year’s PMEA Youth Honors Band event, which was held at Biglerville High School. This festival recognizes and features some of the finest musicians from several counties. Top students were chosen from each district to represent their school. Sixth grade students selected to represent Cocalico were (as shown, from left to right): Kayla Brown (trumpet); Breana Ensinger (flute); Emma Fasnacht (percussion); Jilian Musser (trumpet); Cameron Bibbus (clarinet); Becca Steiert (flute); Trenten Mease (oboe); Kaylyn Smoker (clarinet); Anya Rally (flute); and Ashley Martin (tenor sax). This festival is a great honor for these students who spend many hours practicing in preparation for the two-day event.

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