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Ephrata Public Library To Hold March Book Sale

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The Ephrata Public Library is looking forward to hosting an in-person Book Sale on Friday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The sale will be held outside of the Library building on the Route 272 entrance side. There will be a variety of genres available including fiction, non-fiction and children’s genres. All sales will be by donation with all proceeds benefitting the Ephrata Public Library. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, is Stephanie Miller (Library Assistant), Lauren Fisher (Development Coordinator) and Michaela Purnell (Children’s Librarian).

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Cocalico High School Recognizes Students Of The Month

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Cocalico High School is proud to announce the following students as Students of the Month for January and February. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Darren Main (January), Madeline Mattos (February), Michael Butz (February) and Kendall Funk (January). Missing from the photo are Naleah Sauder (January) and Olivia Sensenig (February).


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Woman’s Club Of Ephrata Event To Benefit Service Organization

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The Woman’s Club of Eph­rata is sponsoring a Coach Purse Bingo Party on Saturday, April 10 at the Ephrata American Legion, located at 300 Cocalico Street, Ephrata. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo will start at 7:00 p.m. Limited tickets are on sale now by calling 717-725-8541. There is a cost per ticket. The cutoff date for ordering tickets is Wednesday, March 31. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door the evening of the event. Raffle items and 50/50 drawing will be held. Refreshments will be on sale and no outside food or beverage is appreciated. Masks are required. Proceeds to benefit Ephrata Area service org­anizations.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Sandi Davidson and Gail Freeseman.

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

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“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.

Henry S. Rutter, from Leacock Township, was a one-time successful mer­chant who hoped to help his sons reach the same level of prosperity. In 1896, he bought the property at 157 East Main Street with Eli Hess, along with the hotel next door (New Holland House). Henry’s son, Harry E. Rutter, partnered with Eli Hess at the store for ten years before the Rutters bought out Hess in 1906 (Hess built a “New Store” cattycorner that later became Trimmers). Henry’s son, Jacob P. Rutter, became the proprietor of the New Holland House. J.P. Rutter’s brothers, Harry E. and Chauncey, took over the old store stand. Harry and his brother operated a successful store at this location from 1906 until 1922. It’s very possible that when a young merchant named Sam Rubinson opened a store across the street in 1921, it created some motivation for the Rutter brothers to sell out to the Harris brothers. Harry later worked for Sam Rub­inson. The old Harris Brothers store was torn down in 1958 to widen North Railroad Avenue to two lanes.

During the early 20th century, it was a common practice for local merchants to give gifts to their regular customers during the Christmas season. Most of the surviving premiums from this time are calendar plates and advertising plates. However, during the teens, Harry and his brother distributed something special. Local customers were treated to a salt glazed stoneware rolling pin made by Brush-McCoy Pottery Company of Roseville, Ohio. It is still the most prized New Holland adver­tising piece distributed to the general public during this period.

The 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 New Holland Area Histor­ical Society Museum is pleased to announce that it will be reopening starting in March. The Museum will be open on Thursdays 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.