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    Lager’s hoppier cousin

    Shoppers may have been a bit surprised last week when entering the aisle looking for Yuengling Lager. Next to the traditional, beer-colored cases of the Pottsville brewery’s flagship Lager sat green cases bearing the Yuengling logo. Meet...

    • Posted November 18, 2015
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    Cheers to our veterans!

    Next Wednesday, Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day. I think I can speak for most veterans when I say we don’t need to be rewarded for our past service, but boy, it feels nice when we are. Over...

    • Posted November 4, 2015
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    Catherine Walker shares herself

    Many EPAC alumni have found themselves on television, in film, or appearing on Broadway. The latter is the case with Lancaster Catholic High School grad Catherine Walker, whose Broadway career began as ensemble member in (and later...

    • Posted November 4, 2015
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    Shhh! JoBoy’s implements big changes

    New chefs and menu offerings, Speakeasy To say Jo and Jeff Harless at JoBoy’s have made some major changes at their barbecue-themed brew pub is an understatement. The craft brewery at 27-31 E. Main St. has been...

    • Posted October 28, 2015
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  • “Jem and the Holograms,” a live action version of the wildly-popular ‘80s cartoon, fell short of expectations
in the theaters. “This movie should never have been made,” says Record Express film critic
Michael Upton. (Photo from ign.com)
    ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ and ‘Jem’ — A weekend of epic failure

      In movie terms, this past weekend was no triple lindy. It was a titanic flop nearly as bad as these puny references to classic films (“Back to School” and “Titanic”). It was just that bad. The...

    • Posted October 28, 2015
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  • Natalie Young plays the title character in “Carrie: The Musical,” showing through Oct. 31 at Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets at ephrataperformingartscenter.com. (Photo by K. Scott Kreider)
    Young actors ‘Carrie’ EPAC’s newest production

    I almost killed Stephen King. Well, my in-laws and I almost killed Stephen King. Despite his near creepy style and twisted imagination, King is actually a really nice guy. Ask Maine’s Bangor West Little League players what...

    • Posted October 21, 2015
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  • Nothing beats Otto’s Apricot Wheat paired with gummy
worms. Full of fruity esters, wheat beers often carry
their own sweetness and can be easily complimented
with citrus fruits, even the gummy kind. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Scary pairings: Local beers + Halloween candy

    The chill is definitely in the air and houses are looking spooky with decorations for Halloween. I love candy. Halloween is this daddy’s chance to revel in the children’s spoils. So, in preparation of the massive amount...

    • Posted October 21, 2015
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  • Comedian Earl David Reed brings The Secret of my Unsuccess Comedy Tour to Ephrata Main Theatre
on Saturday, Oct. 24.
    Earl David Reed’s unsuccess

      Nationally known comedian to perform at Ephrata Main Theatre It’s time to get serious about being funny. That is the epiphany 54-year old Earl David Reed had recently while plugging away at his day job. So,...

    • Posted October 21, 2015
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  • Lampeter-Strasburg graduate James Wolpert performs the Joni
Mitchell classic “A Case of You” on NBC’s “The Voice.” (Photo courtesy of NBC)
    James Wolpert gets back to his EPAC roots

    Most people know James Wolpert as a semi-finalist on season five of NBC’s hit television sing-off program, “The Voice.” His appearance on national television is just a part of what made him what he is today — a...

    • Posted October 14, 2015
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  • In “Goosebumps,” a movie made for teenage fans of the series
by the same name, Jack Black (center) plays Goosebumps author
R.L. Stine, whose creations are coming to life and wreaking
havoc. “This movie has dollar signs all over it,” said film reviewer
Michael Upton.
    ‘The Inhabitants’ and other scary things

      Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be given an advanced screening of “The Inhabitants,” the second foray into filmmaking by the writing, directing, brotherly duo of Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. The Rasmussens are known...

    • Posted October 7, 2015
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