Making friends is tough.
It's especially hard, and important, for girls who are in the upper elementary grades, soon to move on to middle school.
Renee Rogers realized that when her daughter, Myah, had trouble learning how to make new friends. It became obvious when Rogers saw that Myah's twin brother had no trouble at all.
Rogers realized other girls may also have problems making new friends. That's when she decided to reach out to girls in fourth and fifth grades to bring them together and, hopefully, make new friends.
Students from Solanco and Penn Manor school districts helped Waterways Patrolman Jeff Schmidt and adult volunteers stock the Conwingo Creek and Fishing Creek on Wednesday, March 20.
The pupils stocked the streams near the road while adults took float barrels down the creeks.
The local trout season opens on at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Earlier this month, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community announced that Great Rock Home Care is now available to Quarryville residents and people living in the surrounding areas.
A man from Delaware has been charged with assaulting another man last month and a woman from Kirkwood has been charged with conspiring in the assault, Quarryville Borough Police said last week.
Solanco High School librarian Emily Dawley says students still love to read print books.
That's why she started The Great Book Swap seven years ago and why it's still a popular program today.
"Generally, reading books might be down a little but we still have a lot of kids who absolutely still love reading books," said Dawley. "Reading is still a priority for kids. There are still a lot of kids who prefer print books."
After a year's hiatus, Little Britain Presbyterian Church's Relay for Life team has revived its top fundraiser.
"We didn't do it last year," organizer Karen Keffer said of the ham dinner. "We took a year off."
Meeting increasingly stringent conservation regulations adds a burden on already-stressed dairy farmers in the Southern End.
Now they have an ally that can help them pay for improvements being required by federal and state regulations.
A zoning hearing later this month will determine whether a horse may be kept on a residential property in Quarryville Borough.
Charlotte Costa, who owns 343 W. State St., wants a variance to allow a travel horse to be kept on the 1.8 acre property. A portion of the property is also in neighboring East Drumore Township. The property is zoned R-1 residential.
In her application for a variance, Costa says the property is being sold to a member of the Old Order Amish faith. She also says she has checked with neighbors and none oppose the idea.
"This is a new one for the borough," zoning officer Mark Deimler said last week. Quarryville's zoning ordinance allows horses to be kept in commercial and industrial districts. That is being done on the King farm on N. Lime St., which is in the industrial district.
Dozens of volunteer firefighters responded to a reported house fire on Hopkins Mill Rd. just off Truce Rd., Providence Township, shortly before noon on Tuesday, March 19.
Originally dispatched as a woods fire, it was quickly upgraded to a house fire. Arriving firefighters found the building engulfed in flames; neighbors said the building had been being demolished for several days.
Fire police officers who had been directing traffic several miles away said smoke had been coming from the area all morning long.
Volunteers and equipment from Rawlinsivlle were being assisted by firefighters and apparatus from Willow Street, West Willow, New Danville, Refton, Strasburg, Quarryville, and Strasburg.
It has been a good career.
That's one reason Laurin Hinkle probably won't retire on June 1.
Hinkle, one of three rural mail carriers working from the Peach Bottom Post Office, said he chose that date because it is his birthday.
"I'm 66 and I have a horse farm to take care of, but it will be some time after June 1 before I retire," he said last week.
Alexander McDonald, 19, of Kirkwood, was charged with driving under the influence at 3:32 a.m. on March 16, Trooper Anthony Urban reported.
According to the trooper, a resident of Refton Rd., Strasburg Township, called police to report a suspicious vehicle in his driveway. Police found McDonald asleep behind the wheel and under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances, Trooper Urban said.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
A proposed change to Colerain Township's zoning ordinance would prohibit the construction of tiny houses in campgrounds.
"Campgrounds are not intended for permanent residences," said Walter Todd Jr., chairman of the township's board of supervisors. "A tiny house is a permanent structure."
The issue came up because there is a tiny house in a campground in Colerain, Todd said. When supervisors checked, they determined the zoning ordinance does not address the issue.
It is, borough officials say, one of the most dangerous intersections in Quarryville.
There are several problems with the intersection of Lime St. and E. State St., borough manager and former police chief Ken Work said last week. One is the shear volume of traffic using the intersection.
Quarryville Elementary School students and teachers stretched Read Across America Day into a full week of activities.
Each day last week had a theme from the books of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Two local nonprofit organizations are looking for new directors.
The Southern End Community Association is searching for someone to replace Nicole Luecker. She has been SECA's executive director since June, 2014. Her last day at SECA was Friday, March 1.
Leucker intends to take some time off before her next job. "I'm going to take a break for a little bit," she said. "I need time to reassess and reengage," she said.
The annual Bart Township Fire Company sale got off to a slow start on Saturday, March 2. Slick roads left by Friday night’s snow and ice storm meant bidders and spectators did not start showing up until mid-morning.
By 11 a.m., the firefighters had issued just over 1,600 bidding cards for the ongoing auctions. In a good year, that number would have been greater than 2,200.
Above, men examine a carriage before that sale started at noon; right, a woman and a child share a container of french fries.
On Thursday morning, February 28, it took auctioneer Randy Ranck about an hour to sell 20 some loads of hay.
That's about typical, said a member of the Robert Fulton Fire Company's sale committee.
"Hay and straw are scarce because of the wet growing season, so we only had 20 loads," said a member of the fire company's sale committee. "This time of the year, we sometimes get as many as 40 loads."
A 66-year-old man was struck by a vehicle and killed shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, Quarryville police reported.
David Hess of Quarryville was walking across W. 4th St. from the Turkey Hill Market to the parking lot of Good's Store when he was hit, Police Chief Clark Bearinger said.
Hess was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was struck by a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old woman from Little Britain Township who was driving west on 4th St. and approaching the traffic signal at W. State St. Police did not identify the woman whose vehicle hit Hess.
The street was closed for more than four hours while the collision was investigated by the county accident reconstruction team. The collision remains under investigation, the police chief said. No charges have been filed.
Police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Strickler's Barber Shop was only closed for a couple weeks, but customers lined up waiting for it to reopen following a renovation.
Neighbors Eric Lefever and Jake Bachman braved 25-degree weather Tuesday, February 19, to stand outside the front door while anticipating the arrival of proprietor Dustin Giffing.
If they want to move ahead, members of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church must look back.
That's the message interim pastor the Rev. Dan Perrin has been bringing to the Quarryville congregation.