Cover Articles

ECOB 4th of july

E.C.O.B. Ready To Host 4th Of July Community Fun Night

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

Ephrata Church of the Brethren (E.C.O.B.) is excited and so blessed to be able to host the July 4th Community Fun Night once again. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. with free inflat­ables, barrel wagon rides, games for the children and of course, awesome enter­tainment. Joining them this year is Unashamed Minis­tries PA, Todd Ream and Laura Trimble, and Bruce Trucker from Hope United Methodist Church. Enter­tainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Food and milk shakes are also available to purchase. Proceeds from these sales benefit the E.C.O.B. Youth Program. Please join them as they celebrate Indepen­dence Day!

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Brynn Musser, Summer Coldirun, Liam Gleeson, Daniel Rodriguez; (back) Stacey Coldirun, Olivia Weaver, Eliana Weaver, Sarai Montalvo, Joseph Woolard and Elizabeth Nolt.

adamstown lib grand opening

Adamstown Library Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Library

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

The Adamstown Area Library Board of Trustees recently hosted a grand opening ceremony for the brand new Adamstown Area Library. The new library, now located on Main Street, Adamstown features a community room, a reading room with a beautiful fire­place, and a cheerful Children’s Room with a “100-acre woods” theme. The children’s room invites children and their caregivers to explore, learn, and create and will feature hands-on learning materials to aid children and their caregivers in early literacy and kin­dergarten readiness, includ­ing a dedicated craft space to aid in creative explor­ation.

“We are so grateful to the businesses and people in our service area who helped to fund this project,” said Marjorie Hyrb, President, Adamstown Area Board of Trustees. This new library is an investment in education, job growth and lifelong learning and we are proud to serve the community with this beautiful new facility.”

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Margaret Harting (Library Friends President), Marj Hyrb (President of the Library Board of Trustees), Carolyn Reiste (Library Director), Karen Eby (Former Library Trustee), Jane Webber (Former Trustee President) and State Representative Jim Cox.

Construction of the new building was completed in the summer of 2020. However, a grand opening celebration was delayed due to COVID. With many COVID restrictions now lifted, library patrons are able to more fully enjoy the new library and it is safe to gather and celebrate the new facility.

“We are extremely excited to open this new space for our patrons and for our donors to see the impact they have made on our comm­unity,” said Carolyn Reiste, Director of the Adamstown Area Library. “While the new building is certainly beautiful, it is what people bring to it and gain from it that is truly inspiring.”

The Adamstown Area Library has been serving the community since 1954 when it was housed in the base­ment of the Adamstown YMCA. The library service area includes Adamstown and Denver Boroughs, and Brecknock, East Cocalico, and West Cocalico Town­ships.

akron day in park

Akron Day In The Park Included Fun For The Entire Family

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

The annual Akron Day in the Park was held under gorgeous sunny skies and pleasant temperatures, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. The event was organized by the Akron Lions Club, and thanks to their planning, the event enjoyed a large turnout. From horseback rides to a bounce castle, to great food and the ever-popular car and truck show, there was plenty to see and do. Shown in the photo on the left is the traditional barrel train ride in the foreground as classic cars are displayed in the back, and shown on the right is a group of kids enjoying their free balloon creations.

civil war bands

“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring The New Holland Area Historical Society

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

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

The New Holland Band has had an important part in the history of the New Holland community. Regular concerts in the Community Memorial Park and the surrounding area plus the annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to thirteen area cemeteries are on ongoing part of the band’s activities. Many residents may remember the band’s trip in 1974 to France to celebrate our relationship with our twin city Longvic. Some may remember the band’s vital role in the community during World War II. The band, then known as the Victory Band, remained active in the area during the war even as many members left to put on a uniform to defend their country. But few may know that the New Holland Band, which dates back to 1829, entered the Civil War as a group to serve their country. Eleven men from the band, then known as the Earl Infantry Band, enlisted on September 2, 1864, and were joined by nine others from surrounding counties to form the regimental band of the 203rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. The band was led by New Holland resident Isaac Witwer, saw action in Virginia and North Carolina, and was mustered out of service in June 1865 at the conclusion of the war. Several band items from that era are on display at the New Holland Area Historical Society Museum including a rotary valve tuba, which had been painted black, possibly to decrease its visibility, and a wooden keyed piccolo. A detailed photograph of Earl Mentzer, one of the eleven New Holland musicians who enlisted, shows him holding his circular cornet and wearing his fine regimental uniform. Additional items from the band are on display so a visit is encouraged.

The New Holland Area Historical Society Museum is located on the second floor of the Kauffman Building, 207 East Main Street, New Holland. Because of improving conditions with the Coronavirus pandemic, the Museum is pleased to announce that it is now open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If conditions change with the pandemic, the Museum will announce opening changes on their website ( Masks will be required, as will social distancing of six feet minimum between people. For more information, call 717-538-3079.

ephrata pioneer awards

Pioneer Fire Company Recognizes Service To Community

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

The Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company recently honored firefighters for their service. Awards for service were presented to: John Eitnier, 60 years; Ken Weber, 20 years; Dale Witmer, 15 years (shown in the middle); Scott Hackman, 15 years (shown on the left); Kevin Panzram, 10 years (shown on the right); Dave Trigg, 5 years; Tim Doty, 5 years; and William Herskowiz, 5 years.