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Ephrata Church Raises Funds for Ukraine Refugees

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces has captivated the world. For many residents of Lancaster County, the war feels personal for a variety of reasons. At Bethany Slavic Church in Ephrata, which has about 340 members and 450 to 500 weekly attendees, there is a close connection to the…

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Serving in Addiction Recovery Ministry

Greg Schmalhofer has been involved in recovery ministry for over 15 years. He previously served as Director of the Discovery Recovery ministry, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Schmalhofer is a certified family recovery specialist and has earned graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Christian Ministry (2022) from Liberty University. He sat…

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Local Nonprofit Food Distribution Center Continues to Grow

Blessings of Hope is a Christian-based nonprofit food distribution center that operates out of Warwick Township and has a long-term storage facility in East Petersburg. Every month, the nonprofit provides communities with enough food for 2 million meals and shares the love of Jesus with those they help. The center…

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Bias in Newspapers and Media

The word “bias” carries with it a negative connotation today. We usually think of bias as an unfair favoring of one thing compared with another. But there are other nuances to the word, and it has not always been viewed negatively. In 1828, Noah Webster defined bias as “a leaning…

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Lancaster County Judge Extends Mask Mandate in Courthouse

On February 10, the president judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, David Ashworth, issued an administrative order extending the requirement for masks in all public areas — including courtrooms, elevators and stairwells — in any court facility and at all court department sponsored events, regardless of location.…

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Natural Immunity Event Highlights Alternative Health Options

EPHRATA — On Tuesday, January 18, an event to raise awareness about vaccine development and the effects of vaccines on health was held at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center in Ephrata. “Making Informed Vaccine Decisions,” organized by Paul Schwartz of Strasburg, covered information beyond just the COVID-19 vaccines; it was…

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Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

I want to be the first to welcome you to The Lancaster Patriot, a newspaper dedicated to honest journalism and truthful reporting in Lancaster County. My name is Jen Stoltzfus, the publisher here at The Lancaster Patriot. Just like many of you, I have felt a sense of…

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Calling all Reporters, Journalists, Editors and Writers!

Looking for your first newspaper reporting job, or your next challenge in print media?

The Lancaster Patriot, a brand-new, weekly newspaper focusing solely on the interests of Lancaster County, PA, is searching for a few truly exceptional people to join our team as we prepare to launch. These individuals will…