• Reel Reviews: Two mysterious movies

    Over the holiday weekend, my family and I searched for a good Thanksgiving movie and realized there aren’t many. By the end of the weekend, I added one more turkey day flick to the small list,* but...

    • Posted December 4, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Black Forest growing

    Denise and Bob Harter, owners of the Black Forest Brewery, broke ground Monday morning, Nov. 25, on a new expansion to the popular gathering spot at 301 W. Main St, Ephrata. The addition will almost double the...

    • Posted November 26, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Battles for box office supremacy

    ‘Ford v Ferrari’ The era is the 1960s, and American car builder and designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) is tapped by a revenge-seeking Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) to build a racecar that will compete against the...

    • Posted November 20, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Open for Business (Section)

      Business owners Ryan Foltz (Pour Man’s Brewing Co.) and Ann-Marie Bellas (The Pressed Plate) realized they worked well together after a few one-shot events. Bellas, who operates the downtown Ephrata eatery (with some bangin’ food by...

    • Posted November 13, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: The Netflix phenomenon

    There’s a lot of recent Oscar chatter surrounding Eddie Murphy. Yup. You heard that right. Eddie Murphy. Oscar chatter. ‘Dolemite is My Name’ The noise is all about his role as Rudy Ray Moore in “Dolemite is...

    • Posted November 6, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Beer and memories in Annville

      It has been many, many years since I stepped into the Batdorf. Last time I was there, a group of World War II reenactors entered in full Nazi uniforms; it was a close call as the...

    • Posted October 30, 2019
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  • Read all about it! ‘Newsies’ amazes EPAC audience

    My route started at the corner of College Avenue and Lemon Street in Lancaster City, running east to the old West End Market. The newspapers I delivered in the afternoon — when Lancaster had two daily publications...

    • Posted October 23, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: Evil double-take square off

    As one form of evil (“Joker”) hangs on near the top of the box office, a pair of sequels with “bad guys” at the forefront opened to robust crowds at the theaters. ‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ It’s been...

    • Posted October 23, 2019
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  • Hop’in Around: Water, hops, yeast, and …mac ‘n’ cheese!

    Every year, beermaker Mike Brubaker creates a special batch of beer* to celebrate the opening of Moo-Duck Brewery. The dark and alcohol-rich King Slava Russian Imperial Stout (usually 10.5 percent ABV) rates an impressive 4.23 (out of...

    • Posted October 16, 2019
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  • Reel Reviews: DC makes run at Oscar contention with ‘Joker’

    Movie trailers are not usually that tricky to figure out. You can pretty much tell if all the funny parts are crammed into the preview of a new comedic release. A low budget flick is going to...

    • Posted October 9, 2019
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