Solanco's small engine repair team struggled during the annual FFA contest held at Solanco High School on Tuesday morning, March 7.
The team of Will Hess and Addison Spoonhoward finished sixth in a field of seven teams. Hess was ninth in the individual scoring and Spoonhoward was 12th.
Aaron Haun wanted to become a police officer in a small town in Lancaster County.
Quarryville Borough needed to hire an additional cop.
The two goals came together on February 6 when Haun, 26, was sworn in as Quarryville's fourth full-time police officer. He started work the following day.
"I grew up in Lancaster County and lived in Drumore for a while," Haun said. "I like small towns and the idea of working in one."
He, his wife, their son, and his step-daughter live in the county.
Haun is also a member of a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in West Chester.
He joins patrol officers Cheryl Thompson and Charles Grimasuckas and school resources officer Chris Dilworth. Police Chief Ken Work also serves as the borough manager. The police department also has several part-time officers.
Thanks to a group of dedicated readers, Solanco High School will hold a book swap next month.
"I thought about skipping a year, but too many kids asked for it," said school librarian Emily Dawley. "There's still a great enthusiasm for print books. The kids and adults who are big readers prefer print. A lot of the big readers don't want to read digitally. The less enthusiastic readers prefer e-books and audio books."
In years past, Dawley has relied on posters and morning announcements to promote the swap. This year, she's also gone to the freshman class to make them aware of the event.
"Last year, we had a couple of kids who said they didn't know it was happening until it was over," Dawley said.
That effect is seen in the amount of delinquent taxes turned over in January of this year.
In January, 2016, the district set out to collect $600,728 in delinquent taxes on 540 properties. This year, the district has begun to collect about $471,667, almost a third less than last year. The number of properties also declined to 524. "We learned a lot."
That's how Solanco Business Manager Dr. Timothy Shrom describes the first year of a delinquent tax collection system the district began in January, 2016.
So, apparently, have the district's taxpayers.
"A lot of them who had to go through this last year vowed they would never do it again," Dr. Shrom said. "Most worked with our payment plans but those who didn't and got into problems with the lawyers didn't like it."