February 2 will be a day of ifs.
If the weather cooperates, the Super Bowl will be played in the Meadowlands.
If Octoraro Ophie sees his shadow that Groundhog Day, winter will hang on for six more weeks.
If not, spring is just around the corner.
If, and this is the big one, Orphie's followers can coax him out of his hole to brave the coldest winter in two decades to make his always-accurate prognostication.
Solanco Neighborhood Ministries new fuel assistance plan is working well, despite having to cope with the coldest winter in 20 years.
Beginning this year, the non-profit requires clients to pay half of the cost of an emergency fuel delivery.
Colerain Township's supervisors want to limit the size of properties eligible for farm-related businesses.
That's one of two zoning changes planned for later this year, said Walter Todd Jr., chairman of Colerain's board of supervisors.
Residents of southern Bart Township are getting notices telling them it's time to have their septic tanks pumped.
They are the third, and final, group of about 900 property owners to receive the notices to comply with the township's mandatory pumping ordinance. That law went into effect in January, 2012.
Daycare won't be provided for the full-day financial seminar at Wrightsdale Baptist Church on Saturday, January 25.
That's because the kids will be participating with their parents.
Among other events, they will participate in an adaptation of Milton Bradley's first game, Life.
Two students were charged after one allegedly sold a controlled substance to the other while both were on a school bus coming from Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Rd., East Drumore Township, at 2:40 p.m. on January 15, Trooper Brian McNally reported.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
As the thermometer reached new record low temperatures last week, some Southern End residents were planning picnics, reunions, and ball tournaments.
Three townships and Quarryville Borough have been taking reservations for their municipal parks since January 1.
Four Quarryville Borough employees were honored for their service during council's January 6 public meeting.
William Lamparter, the borough's maintenance supervisor, was honored for 20 years' service. Lamparter joined the borough crew in 1994.
Clint Herr will complete 15 years of service this year. Herr began working full time for the borough in 1999.
Ron Munro was honored for 11 years of service. Munro joined the borough crew in 2002.
The Solanco Little League can use its fields, buildings, and other Kirkwood Pike facilities year-round, Colerain Township's zoning hearing board ruled January 8. The league can also allow other teams to use their fields, the board decided.
The Southern End's unpaved roads are holding up pretty well to this winter's weather, roadmasters said last week.
"With the freeze and thaw cycle, they're no worse than normal," Bart Township roadmaster Ned Trout said. "We've filled some of the potholes up, but when we plow them, there are still problems."
Nearly eight years ago, volunteers began serving free community meals in Quarryville.
At first, the groups had trouble attracting a dozen people to the twice-monthly Flowing Oil Café dinners. Those numbers have risen steadily since that first dinner was served in April, 2004.
Using funding from two grants, the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society is working to make its archives more accessible to researchers.
The grants came from the Sons of the American Revolution and the Quarryville Lions Club.
The faculty of Solanco High School has announced the names of students earning honor roll distinction for the first marking period of the 2013-14 school year.
The Southern End Community Association will open 2014 with a series of morning programs.
This is the first time SECA has offered programs in the morning, board member Chuck Fisher said.
The programs range from yoga to Tabata Bootcamp, an eight-week program designed to help participants lose weight and build muscle.
Ready, aim, nuts.
That's the order given at one of the Southern Lancaster County Farmer Sportsman's Association ranges earlier this month.
The usual order is Ready, Aim, Fire, organizer Christopher Davis said. The final word was changed to commemorate the famous response General Anthony McAuliffe gave to a German demand that he surrender during the siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944.
As borough officials suspected, the restored planter at Quarryville's Memorial Park was damaged by a large wheel and tire from a piece of farm equipment.
The wheel wasn't attached to the equipment, however.
That, borough manager Ken Work said last week, was the problem.