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Warwick High School Celebrates 63rd Annual Commencement

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Commencement exercises for the Warwick High School class of 2019 were held before a full house at Calvary Church and the evening was filled with memories of experiences and gratitude for teachers and staff that made a difference over the years. Inspiring messages from not only faculty members but students as well, were delivered during this celebratory night. Shown clockwise from top left are: Class President Oliver Lance delivering his farewell address titled “Live Life in a World of Legos”; Class Officer Pietro Elliott congratulating Emalie Martzall and Jack Mull; Ashley Sensenig poses with family among the memory boards on display; Robbie Heckman (front) and from left to right (first row) Mrs. Joan Bohan, Amelia Fair, Kirsten Esbenshade, Pietro Elliott, Isabelle Lawson, (second row) Jenna Pypiak, Hayden Rucci, Ryan Shirk, Carson Garland, Brock Fassnacht and Sydney Weismandel; friends getting a selfie include Trysten George, Noah Martin, Ryan Shirk, Connor Shields, Ethan Heller, Hilton Michael, Colby Martin; and (class officers) Pietro Elliott, Jillian Colebert, Abby Finkill and Oliver Lance look on as a senior takes a selfie onstage after getting her diploma.


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Akron Day In The Park Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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The Akron Lions hosted another great day in the park with hundreds of local residents turning out to enjoy the day. A car show featuring classics from the past to the present dazzled spectators on a day that was among the nicest in recent memory. Their was a candy scramble, bounce house, pony rides, Bingo and great food making for an all around great day. Shown are barrel train riders taking in the lineup of amazing cars.


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First Annual Artisans In The Park Summer Fest

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The first annual Artisans in the Park Summer Fest is happening on the grounds of the Historic Ephrata Cloister on Saturday, June 29, and show organizers Kurt and Michelle Pearson are shown displaying two of the many types of art that will be available at this show happening within the grounds of this historic site.

To help raise money, the Ephrata Cloister Associates has joined together with the Artisans In The Park Organization, Inc. to bring you a great annual event that takes place the last Saturday in June. Admission is free to the 1st annual Artisans In The Park Summer Fest and will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the beautiful Ephrata Cloister. The funds raised through this event will help the “Associates” to update old equipment, invest into their programming and help them to make improvements and repairs to the buildings and grounds in order to keep the site open to the public.

Organizer Michelle Pearson said the event will showcase the skills of several artisans including pottery, body and household products, wood carvings, paintings, paper art, glass art, fiber art, hooked and penny rugs, metal art, jewelry, photography and much more! The show will also include mouthwatering food, delicious farm to table wine, hot and cold and more. There will also be live artist demonstrations.

Enjoy the great live music from the great alternative soft rock group The Groovebirds from Portland, Oregon throughout the park all day. Be sure to play the Toss for Tickets game for your chance to win some amazing prizes from the artists in attendance as well as several community businesses and remember, proceeds from the game benefit the Ephrata Cloister Associates! The Ephrata Cloister Visitor Center and gift store will be open to the public and tours of the buildings and land will be going on throughout the day. It is a great opportunity to find out about the amazing programs and events that are held at the Cloister throughout the year.

Ephrata Cloister is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Ephrata Cloister Associates, which is a non-profit community-based organization. The Ephrata Cloister Associates rely on funds from memberships, donations and sales from their gift store to help fund the programming that is done at the Cloister each year. The Associates group is responsible for sponsoring most special events on site such as lectures, living history, reenactments, tours, etc. It also provides much needed funding on site for special projects and provides volunteers for events.

Visitors to Ephrata in the 1700s found a unique monastic settlement they labeled a Cloister. Conrad Beissel, Ephrata’s founder, came to the site in 1732 seeking to live as a hermit following his own religious ideas. By the early 1750s, nearly 80 celibate Brothers and Sisters were housed in impressive Germanic log, stone, and half-timbered buildings. At the same time, nearly 200 family members known as Householders, occupied nearby homes and farms. Celibate members followed a life of work balanced with hours of private prayer. Wearing white robes, they adopted sparse diets, and slept little, all to provide discipline as they prepared for an anticipated heavenly existence. Labors included farming, papermaking, carpentry, milling, and textile production. Ephrata became known for the German calligraphic art of Frakturscriften, self-composed a cappella music and an ambitious printing establishment. During the American Revolution, Ephrata served as a hospital for nearly 260 American soldiers, some of whom rest in the Mount Zion cemetery overlooking the historic grounds. The Society declined after the death of the charismatic Beissel in 1768. The last celibate member died in 1813 and the next year the remaining Householders incorporated into the German Seventh Day Baptist Church. Members continued to live and worship in the Cloister buildings until the close of the Church in 1934.


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Memorial Remembers Two Warwick Students

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on West Orange Street in Lititz held a ceremony to mark the completion and opening of the permanent memorial honoring the two Warwick students lost in a tragic accident last year. Two benches, each engraved with the students name, sit on a stamped concrete base surrounded by plantings. One of the benches is for Jack Nicholson, 16, and the other is for Meghan Keeney, 17. Shown in the photo are friends of Meghan Keeney and members of the Warwick High School Field Hockey team including Meghan Quinn, Kate Dickow, Sarah VanScoten, Sage Barnhart and Morgan Bomberger as they place flowers on her memorial bench.


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Class Of 1969 Supports CrossNet Ministries

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The Garden Spot Class of 1969 recently held their 50th class reunion at Foxchase Golf Club. The class not only came together to catch up with old classmates, but they also collected over $1,893 dollars to give to local charity CrossNet Ministries. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Tess Kurtz Shank (chairperson), classmate Dixie Good Adams accepting on behalf of CrossNet Ministries, Mary Shirk Walton (treasurer) and Donna Loht Burkhart.