Alumni from Solanco High School’s field hockey program held an open play day at the school on Friday evening, June 21. The alumni split into two teams and then held an informal competition on the field.
“We tossed the sticks into a pile and divided them into two teams,” organizer Deb Atkins said.
Participating were Laura Cater Gingrich, Paige Hess, Erica Brackbill Bare, Morgan Jackson Holzhauer, Whitney Hawkins, Alli Tanner, Michelle DiFilippo, Jodi Carter Unger, Chelsea Tice, Kristi Shaver, Mary Atkins, Sheena Hanley, Tricia Jackson, Lindsey Bowe Orr, Dana Groff Huber, Kate Hess Shaver, and Kylee Kostenbader. A few high school players filled out the teams.
The event was held following the last day of the summer hockey camp.
The Rev. Dr. David Clark expected to retire in a couple of years. Changes in his family moved that date up. Dr. Clark gave his final sermon as pastor of Union Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 23. By the end of the month, he and his wife, Beth, will be moving to his father's home in New Castle, Pa., a community about an hour north of Pittsburgh.
Ever since 1998, organizers have given Solanco Fair Parade participants a theme. Sometimes, the theme seems eerily prescient. In June of 2001, the parade committee chose We Will Survive as the theme for the parade that would be held four months later, just days after terrorists attacked the United States. Other times, the theme means one thing to the parade committee and something entirely different to the participants. That's what happened the first year the parade had a theme.
End of school locker cleanouts turned up the usual debris, school officials said last week.
There were bundles of school papers, glasses, sweatshirts, jackets, and a few watches. And 31 bags of baby carrots. That's what one custodian found in a Solanco High School locker she was cleaning. The locker's former user apparently had not been a fan of the more nutritious lunches the school's cafeteria has been serving.
Bart Township Fire Co., Georgetown, June 16: 6:50 a.m., vehicle accident, 200 Creek Rd., Sadsbury Township; 21 volunteers were in service 29 minutes. June 17: 6:15 p.m., fire police for storm damage, 1230 Bartville Rd., Sadsbury Township; four volunteers were in service 30 minutes. 6:39 p.m., medical assist, Mt. Pleasant Rd., Bart Township; two
volunteers were in service 16 minutes.
Burglars trashed the home at 1465 Georgetown Rd., Bart Township, at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, Trooper Bertrum A. James reported. According to the trooper, the burglars got into the home through an unlocked second floor
window. They then ransacked the home.
Teams from Relay for Life of Solanco spread out through Quarryville Saturday morning, June 22, to paper the town purple. A dozen team members wrapped utility poles in purple and placed signs along sidewalks to announce the annual Relay for Life set for Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29. The 24-hour event will be held in Quarryville's Memorial Park.
Summer's ideal for Italian ice but it's not as good a season for blood supplies at area hospitals. That's the reason Howie Zeamer agreed to donate a pint of Italian ice to everyone who gives a pint of blood at Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank's drive in Quarryville later this month.
"They agreed to send a mobile unit to do it here [at Son's Ice Cream at the intersection of W. State St. and Fifth St. in Quarryville] and all of the donated blood stays in Pennsylvania," Zeamer said last week.
The drive comes during a time when blood is in short supply, said Ryan Holp, donor resource consultant with the blood bank.
About 40 girls spent last week learning the basics or new skills at Solanco's hockey camp. The camp was held on the school's varsity hockey field. The elementary-age players learned the basics of the game while older students worked on stick skills and tactics. The players also learned to work together as a team. The week-long camp, held in the mornings, is an expansion of earlier after-school camps. Several years ago, the program started running summer camps. Members of Solanco's high school varsity hockey team help coach the camp, which attracts many girls who are new to hockey.
According to Susquehanna River Basin's records, this year's rainfall is below normal. Local road crews might disagree.
"We're about three weeks behind in our work [due to rain]," Fulton Township roadmaster and supervisor William Taylor said last week. "We started work on Peters Creek Rd. and we haven't been able to get back to it. We finally got spraying [for weeds] done. We've never been this late before."
The prognosis wasn't good when New Providence resident Jeff
Hanna discovered he had cancer.
The disease had invaded his sinuses and was advanced when he sought the help of oncologist Dr. Hyatt "Tracy" DeGreen IV, who practices with his father in Lancaster Cancer Center Ltd.
So far, he's beaten the odds, Jeff said. After three years, he's still in remission.
At their July 1 meeting, members of Quarryville's Borough Council will likely choose a temporary replacement for one of the board's senior members.
John Riddell, a member of council for more than a decade and its vice president in recent years, resigned following council's June 3 meeting.
For their inaugural sale, organizers will combine two auction styles as they work to raise money for the Quarryville Library. There will be a traditional auction from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. There will also be a silent auction for select items from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. If the
items in the silent auction don't reach their minimums by 1 p.m., those items will be sold during the remaining two hours of the regular auction.
They took the idea on a test drive in April. Now members of the Robert Fulton Fire Company are putting the final touches on a new fundraiser. The volunteer firefighters will host their first full-fledged car show on Saturday, July 13. "We held one in April and we broke even, although the weather was cool and damp," organizer John Miller said last week. "Now we've put feelers out to car owners and clubs and we'll see how it goes."
Family members are planning a quiet celebration for Hazel
Woerth's 104th birthday later this month. Mrs. Woerth, who now lives at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, was born on her parents' farm on Georgetown Rd. on June 26, 1909. She attended public schools, graduating from Bart Township High School after she finished 11th grade.
Someone stole a Millermatic MIG welder from Cedar Hill Welding, 400 Black Barren Rd., Fulton Township, on the night of June 4, Trooper Dawn M. Carpenter reported.
According to the trooper, the thief got into the business through an open garage door, rolled the welder down the driveway, and fled.
Turnout was up for this year’s Rubicon Wrestling Camp, coach John Little said last week. There were 46 wrestlers attending the camp this year. Half were from Solanco and the others came from school districts as far away as Harrisburg and Coatesville.
Solanco's largest Mule arrived Tuesday morning and was hoisted into place shortly before
11 a.m. The Mule, which weights more than half a ton and stands a bit over eight feet tall, was a gift to Solanco High School by members of the graduating class of 2011.
"The Class of 2011 left money to do a sports statue," said Solanco High School Principal Brian Gallagher. "Then Ina [high school secretary Ina Wilson] came up with the concept."
Moira Grubb's elective surgery probably saved her life.
"I went in for foot surgery in 1979," she recalled last week. "They did some blood work and told me I needed to see a gynecologist."
That led to the diagnosis of cervical and uterine cancer and a complete hysterectomy in January of 1980.
"And I've been clean ever since," the Eden Township resident said. "I'm very, very lucky in lots of respects, because if I hadn't had elective surgery, I wouldn't be
here right now."
The second annual Bob Bard 5K race has already attracted more
runners than last year's inaugural event.
"We had 287 sign up to run or walk last year," said Adreienne Bard Wilk. "We already
have 294 this year."
The group started planning this year's race even before the final runners finished the course in 2012.
"Once we saw it was going to go well, we decided to make it an annual event," Wilk said.
Wilk, her sister, Ashley Bard Solomon, and their mother, Brenda Bard, organized last year's race in memory of the late Bob Bard. They decided to organize the 2012 event after nearly 100 people from Quarryville participated in the 2011 5K Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., to raise funds for brain cancer research.
It's a skill Cynthia and Chris Gartman wanted to learn.
So they spent about an hour Saturday morning, June 8, learning how to save some of the flavor of fresh strawberries for the coming winter.
The Gartmans, who live in Colerain Township, were learning how to make freezer jam. The process isn't as complicated as making regular preserves, said teacher Cindy Rohrer.
Evan Munro remembers being sick. Once. "I had eaten something bad and threw up," he recalled last week. But it wasn't on a school day. "It was a long time ago and it was either on a weekend or in the summer," he said.
He never missed a day of school because he was sick or for any other reason. Not in 13 years.
"Everyday, when I wake up, I want to go to school," Munro said.
When he graduates from Solanco High School later this week, he will equal his eldest brother's attendance record. Neil Munro, who graduated in 2011 had perfect
attendance from the first day of kindergarten until the last day of his senior year.
They knew they were close. Just how close became apparent Wednesday afternoon, May 29. That's when classmates Tyler McCardell, Seth Temple, and Joel Nelson found they would
be sharing the title of valedictorian of Solanco High School's Class of