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Terre Hill Readies For Fifth Annual Christmas In The Park!

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Join Terre Hill as they kick off the holiday season at Terre Hill’s fifth annual Christmas in the Park Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4! This fun-filled event includes over 50 thousand lights, dozens of handmade lighted displays along their Christmas-themed walking trail, visits with Santa at Santa’s Workshop, craft vendors, kids’ activities, gingerbread cookie decor­ating, live music in Christmas Tree Plaza, and more! Bring your appetite and enjoy a variety of tasty treats from their food pavilion and local vendors including fresh soups, sandwiches, pulled pork nachos, tacos, quesadillas, French fries, funnel cakes, specialty hot chocolates, and much more. Stop by each night for special events and visit with other community organizations from the area. Parking and admission are free, some activities and admission to the lighted walking trail are a small fee. All proceeds benefit the Terre Hill Park. For more information, visit

This year’s featured entertainment includes: Friday night – 3:16 & Happy Wanderers; Saturday night – 3 Below & Holiday Horns; and Sunday night – Erich Cawalla Trio & The New Holland Brass Band.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Dan Styer, Valerie Gregory, Marissa Styer, John Styer, and Noah Keckler as they pause from their busy decorating schedule to take a quick picture with some of the decorations. Volunteers like these are in short supply these days and the Terre Hill community is truly blessed to have a group of volunteers like them who give of their time and talent to brighten the season for others. The Terre Hill Committee salutes the volunteers for all they give back to their community!

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Ephrata High School National Honor Society Inductees

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Ephrata High School recently held their National Honor Society induction ceremony for 51 students.

Students shown in the photo include: (Seniors) Bethany Appel, Leigha Aten, Chanvir Bhandal, Sawyer Jones, Vivek Patel, John Plante, Audrey Risser, Hunter Shoff and Christopher Straubel; (Juniors) Rebecca Abraham, Evelyn Banks, Avery Bitner, Sara Brass, Nathan Bru­baker, Nathan Buehler, Mia Cerullo, Sarah Drury, Joanna Ehrhart, Lydia Ehst, Janessa Eshleman, Elizabeth Foard, Jaylin Marie Gaston, Tristan Hart, Gavin Haupt, Kaylie Horst, Jeremiah Knowles, Alexis Kresge, Jianna Long, Scarlett Moua, Emmanuel Moundhala, Justin Musca­relli, Sarah Nolt, Brandon Pauser, Quintin Pfautz, Alayna Regitz, Kayla Reid­enbaugh, James Robbins, Ashley Rogers, Hannah Schwartz, Eleonora Scutaru, Ashmeen Sindhar, Courtney Smith, Braden Thomas, Emily Weidner, Lance Wil­son and Caleb Zimmerman. Missing from the photo are (Seniors) Nathan Barnica and Jaelyn Morales, and (Juniors) Anna Commero, Peyton Loose and Kauri Parsons.

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“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring The Terre Hill Historical Society

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

“Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featuring the Terre Hill Historical Society. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies.

Shown in the photo are ribbons from numerous frat­ernal organizations that existed in the Terre Hill area in the 1900s. Examples of these groups include: The Knights of the Ancient Order of the Mystic Chain, The Patriotic Order Sons of America and The Indepen­dent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Knights of the Ancient Order of the Mystic Chain were a secret society in the United States in the late nineteenth century. Founded by Freemasons in 1871, the group had a strong Masonic influence in its rituals and degrees, as well as incorporating elements from the Bible. The Patriotic Order Sons of America is an American patriotic fraternal organization that traces its origins to the anti-alien riots of the 1840s. Founded in 1847 in Philadelphia, the organization once had “camps” (chapters) in 20 states. At its peak, there were more than 600 camps nationwide. Today, the society maintains a presence only in Pennsylvania, where it has 14 camps. The national headquarters are in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), evolving from earlier Orders of Odd Fellows, was first founded in England during the 1700s. The IOOF is a non-political and non-sectarian co-ed international fraternal order founded in 1819 by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Terre Hill Historical Society’s meeting is held the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Terre Hill Community Center. The club encourages anyone who has an interest in Terre Hill and its rich history to come out to any meeting night and join them in this effort to preserve the history for future generations. Also, the Society is always looking for anyone who has old artifacts from Terre Hill’s past to add to their collection. If you wish to donate any items, they are always greatly appreciated. If you would like to become part of this group or wish to contribute your time or artifacts, please come on the third Thursday of each month to the Community Center, or email or call Ron at or 717-466-6509. Please also call Ron if you are interested in a tour so an appointment can be scheduled.

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Denver Elementary Family Game Night Is Quality Time Together

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Denver Elementary School held its ever-popular Family Game Night recently and the cafeteria was packed with families looking for some quality time together. Shown on the left is Addisyn Heimbach (teal-colored coat) with her parents and younger sister.

The picture on the right features Autumn Groff (pink coat) in utter disbelief as Seqora Jordie (in the flowered dress) lands a coconut in the bowl.

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Students Of The Month Recognized

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At a recent Board meeting, Garden Spot High School Principal, Dr. Matthew Sanger, presented to the Board and recognized their Students of the Month Rebecca Gortman, Elizabeth Matsanka, Katelyn Davis and Alan Krock.

Rebecca Gortman is a freshman and the daughter of Gina and Vladimir Gorman of Narvon. She has received Honor Roll since middle school and is involved in the Youth Alive Club.

Elizabeth Matsanka is a sophomore and the daughter of Colleen Christ of New Holland, and Kevin Mat­sanka. She is a member of the cheerleading squad and President of the class of 2025.

Katelyn Davis is a junior and the daughter of Dana and Michael Davis of East Earl. She has taken several honors courses and received Honor Roll since middle school. She is also a member of the cheerleading squad.

Alan Krock is a senior and the son of Brad and Sharon Krock of Narvon. He has taken several AP courses and maintained Honor Roll status since middle school. He is also a member of the cross-country team.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, is Rebecca Gortman, Alan Krock, Katelyn Davis and Elizabeth Matsanka.

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Rotary Club Recognizes Stauffer As Student Of The Month

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Savannah Stauffer, daughter of Cheyenne and Virginia Stauffer, was recognized as the Ephrata High School October Student of the Month by the Denver-Ephrata Area Rotary Club. Savannah is a senior at Ephrata High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, German NHS and Science NHS, where she serves as president. She is part of the yearbook club, Link Crew, and serves as president of the Bible study group. Savannah has volunteered on three different mission trips with her church, one in Pennsylvania, one in Tennessee, and one in Costa Rica. She also volunteers on the worship team at her church, and with her youth group on a number of one- or two-day projects including painting, picking up roadside trash, and Blessings of Hope. Her future plans include going to college for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and working in a hospital setting.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Virginia Stauffer (mother), Savannah Stauffer, Tyler Eberly (Rotary President) and Dr. Scott Galen (Rotary Member).