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A Wide Variety Of Family Fun At The Annual Denver Fair

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

The much-anticipated Denver Fair was ushered in by blue skies and cool nights and area residents took part in the annual event by the hundreds. Shown clockwise are Fair Queens (left to right: 1st Runner Up Alissa Martin, Fair Queen Laura Sensenig and 2nd Runner Up Julia Sensenig); the second photo shows sisters Arianna and Adelyn as they try to lift the Best of Show Pumpkin; several teenagers enjoy refreshments and their prizes; a mom encourages her daughter in the candy scramble; a family peruses the canned goods entries; five hungry critters wait for a treat in the petting zoo; a long line for monkey bread forms; and a family tries for a goldfish.


Our Dear Friend Bella Departs

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

It is with much sadness that the entire family at The Shopping News must announce the passing of our dearly beloved Bella. Bella was one of the most gentle and loving creatures a family could ever hope for and no one could have ever dreamed how many people would be touched by her escapades throughout Lancaster County. No matter where she traveled, you would always hear “There’s Bella,” and almost instantly her tail would start to wag at the chance to meet and make a new friend.

Bella will certainly be missed by all who looked forward to her travels, as well as the family who loved her so dearly, but fond memories of her time with us will surely soften our loss.


Ephrata Chamber Evening Of Mystery And Food

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

The Ephrata Area Chamber invites the public to an exciting evening of mystery and food and drink, which begins at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center
, 320 Cocalico Street, Ephrata.

Does murder cancel a party? Come find out at the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce’s Murder Mystery and Progressive Dinner on Saturday, October 1. The evening will begin at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center with networking at 4:45 p.m., followed by the opening scene at 5:10 p.m. Afterwards, guests will have the chance to become a detective, participate in interactive scenes at both the Ephrata Performing Arts Center and the Ephrata Cloister, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres along the way. The final stop and scene will take place at the Ephrata American Legion and will include a full dinner. Michael Showalter, Educator at the Ephrata Cloister, wrote this year’s script specifically for the event. Showalter selected 1941 as the year in which the murder occurred because several important events in Ephrata’s history took place that year. 1941 marked the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Borough and it was also the beginning of the restoration of the Ephrata Cloister, a National Historic Landmark.

 The Murder Mystery talks about the events leading up to the Golden Jubilee celebrations planned for 1941 in Ephrata. Showalter used the mystery to tell a fun story that weaves both fact and fiction together to tell a local story that was influenced by world events that year. The Murder Mystery is a true community event and a fun way to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Borough this year. Many of the characters in this year’s story were real figures from Ephrata’s past and what makes the Murder Mystery so special is participants can see community leaders, local business owners and elected officials playing the parts of these historic figures. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind community event!

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (kneeling) Craig Lehman, Kurt Gardner; (back) Jeff Burroughs, Thomas Reinhold, Brian Hoffman, Greg LoPiccolo, Domenic Palm and Cindy Mellinger.


Ephrata Elks Honor Local First Responders At Appreciation Breakfast

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

Ephrata Elks Lodge 1933 held their 1st Annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast recently. Local police, fire and ambulance crews were invited to a special breakfast at the Lodge in honor of all those who served and continue to serve the community. The local Hogs and Heroes Foundation, a non-profit group that supports public safety, the United States Military and Wounded Warriors created a flag line to welcome those arriving for the event. Shown are EMTs, police and firefighters as they arrive and are served breakfast.

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