When it came time to sell their 25-year-old pumper, Bart Township's volunteer firefighters had just two bids.
One, from a private collector, was for $3,000.
The second was lower. Much lower.
But the cause is a good one and that's the offer the local volunteers took, donating their engine to a needy fire company in Tennessee.
But the Rutledge, Tennessee, company will have to pay a nominal amount, $1, to get the 1990 Ford E-1 pumper.
The Bart firefighters have replaced the Ford with a new Pierce pumper that went into service earlier this month.
Organizers are putting the final touches on the 13th annual Solanco Relay for Life.
The event will be held in Quarryville's Memorial Park from 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26, through noon on Saturday, June 27.
By this past Friday morning, 15 teams had signed up to participate, team captain Karen Keefer said. While that's one more team than participated in 2014, the total number of people scheduled to take part has declined.
"We're scheduled to have 96 this year and it was 126 last year," Keefer said.
Saturday's softball tournament was the start of what Neil Uniacke hopes will be an annual event.
"I hope this becomes a tradition," he said Saturday morning as the first New Hope Softball Tournament got underway on the upper and lower fields at Quarryville's Memorial Park. "I want to keep this alive."
Until 15 years ago, adult softball leagues were common in the Southern End. The leagues played on park fields, like the ones in Quarryville, and on private diamonds.
They won't be selling anything, but members of Quarryville Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary hope their fundraiser will bring in needed revenue for the volunteer firefighters.
Instead, the people who will be selling items at the fundraiser will pay to use the fire station at 217 E. State St.
"The vendors will pay to rent space," explained organizer Danielle Worrell.
Those vendors will be selling products ranging from jewelry and candles to health supplies and household goods.
Vendors who have already signed up sell Avon, Herbalife, ItWorks, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Jewelry in Candles, and other items.
"We expect to have between 15 and 20 vendors at the show," Worrell said. Some of the vendors will be selling items at the show while others will take orders for items to be delivered later. Most will have free samples available.
Many of the vendors are local, she added.
There are shoes, insulated lunch boxes, sneakers, gym clothes, books, jewelry, eyeglasses, and coats.
Lots of coats.
Each of Solanco's two middle schools has tables full of coats left behind when the last students went home for the summer on Wednesday, June 10.
Now school officials have put out the lost and never-claimed items so owners or their parents can retrieve them.
A few of the items are easy to identify, including a camo insulated lunchbox found at Smith.
Drivers brought their cars, trucks, and hotrods to the 14th annual Moonlite Cruisers gathering in Quarryville's Memorial Park on Saturday, June 6.
Restorers, builders, and spectators walked through the lines of vehicles, listened to 50's rock and roll, and visited with other aficionados.
The final weekend food bags went home on Friday afternoon, June 5.
But the end of the school year doesn't mean the end of Solanco Food Bank's supplemental program for kids.
Beginning July 1, the program will make food available to families whose children participated in the SWEEP program during the school year.
SWEEP, the Solanco Week End Eating Program, got its start six years ago when the food bank teamed up with Quarryville Elementary School to provide weekend meals for 20 students. For the school year that ends this week, the program provided weekend meals for 286 children.
The Solanco School District will open the high school, 585 Solanco Rd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12, to offer counseling to students and teachers following the murder of an East Drumore woman and her daughter.
Two females are dead and a third remains in critical condition following an incident in East Drumore Township early this morning.
The unidentified suspect is in custody.
Pennsylvania State Troopers Todd McCurdy and Aaron Dykes were dispatched at 2:20 a.m. on June 11 to 877 Spring Valley Road, East Drumore, for a reported injured female. That victim, a 15-year-old female, was transported to Lancaster General Hospital, where she is in critical, but stable, condition. And later transferred to Hershey Medical Center.
Two additional females, a 44-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter, were found dead in the basement of the home.
It is believed that the suspect is known to the victims and police stated that there are no public safety concerns at this time.
The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office and the Lancaster County Coroner representative were notified. This case is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Troop J Major Case Investigative Team.
One minute, they're nearly priceless.
The next, they're worthless and hard to get rid of.
That's something Dennis Hess wants to change.
"I started this following Betsy's death," he said last week.
Betsy Hess died of pancreatic cancer on May 25, 2014, leaving behind her husband of 50 years, two children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, an extended family, and bottles of unused prescription drugs.
A state contractor began work last week to repair the Robert Fulton Birthplace and adjacent buildings.
The work is being done on the exterior of the birthplace, the adjacent garden shed, and a former corn crib, and two buildings across Rt. 222 - a former granary and a warehouse.
The contract bids were opened in February. KLA Roofing and Construction submitted the lowest of six bids at $76,674.51. The bid prices ranged up to $104,996.
The work includes repairing rotten wood on the buildings' doors and windows, repointing stone basement walls, and exterior painting.
Walkers and runners will have a choice of two distances at the fourth annual Bob Bard 5K later this month.
The event, dubbed a 5K when it started in 2012, has added a 10K route to this year's event.
"We wanted to add something new this year," said Adrienne Wilk. "We did not want the race to get stagnant and we wanted to attract more runners."
Wilk, Bard's eldest daughter, had been the race's primary organizer since its inception.
The 10K will use all of the 5K route.
"When they get to Scotland Rd., the 10K will go out Conowingo Rd. to just past Church Rd., turn around and come back to rejoin the 5K," Wilk said.
Later this month, the Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church will host its third hymn sing and ice cream social.
The first was held half a decade ago.
"After the first one, we said 'that was really nice and we should do it again'," said Eric Welchans, the congregation's director of musical ministry.
It took several years to turn that thought into action. The second hymn sing was held in 2014.
"It's grown every year," Welchans said.
Last year's audience of about 180 people came from more than a dozen congregations.