Fire heavily damaged a garage and its contents Tuesday afternoon, July 30.
The fire at the property of Tom and Lorraine Newell, 369 Pine Grove Rd., Little Britain Township, broke out shortly after noon.
The building was well involved when the first of nearly 100 firefighters arrived, Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said.
The Solanco Fair changes every year. New exhibits, new buildings, and new events, all designed to do one thing - maintain the fair's original purpose as a celebration of the region's agriculture and rural life.
No matter what changes, the fair association has made sure the original goal hasn't changed. For more than half a century, they have successfully resisted attempts to include rides or games of chance.
"It's a good environment," longtime volunteer Scott Kreider said last week. "The whole Southern End works for it."
State police are investigating numerous vandalism incidents in Sunset Estates mobile home park. Someone damaged windows in the 100 block of Truce Rd. between July 11 and 17, Trooper First Class Kelly Osborne-Filson reported.
Someone damaged a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Dogwood Ln. on the night of July 14, Trooper James Spencer reported.
State police cited numerous people who were trespassing on private property to reach popular swimming sites last week. Seven people were charged with trespassing after they were found on Norfolk Southern
Railroad property at Cooks Landing Rd., Fulton Township, at 5:25 p.m. on July 25, Trooper Andrew Manning reported.
Troopers charged 17 people with trespassing after they were found on property at Suzy's Hole, 8 River Rd. at 6:14 p.m. on July 20, Trooper Nelson D. Renno reported.
About 50 volunteers turned out to pick, husk, clean and freeze about 500 quarts of sweet corn on Thursday morning, July 25. The corn will be used in meals fixed during the Solanco Fair.
Four Holstein cows were killed in two traffic accidents on Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472) last week. The first collision occurred at 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Puseyville Rd. and Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472). Three Holsteins were hit by a car and killed. The driver of the car was not hurt. The second collision occurred at 9:54 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, Trooper Cody Clark reported. According to the trooper, a milk truck was southbound between Noble Rd. and Maple Shade Rd. when a cow walked into the truck's path.
Bart Township Fire Co., Georgetown
July 21: 7:08 a.m., medical assist, Rosedale Rd., Colerain Township; three volunteers were in service 28 minutes.
July 26: 9:57 p.m., automatic alarm, 1082 Georgetown Rd., Bart Township; 13 volunteers were in service seven minutes. July 27: 12:34 a.m., assist Strasburg, building fire, 133 Robert Evans Way, Strasburg Borough; 16 volunteers were in service 34 minutes.
Furniss Rd. from the village of Penn Hill to the Drumore Township line is now a lot stronger than it was a year ago.
It's also a lot rougher, PennDOT admitted last week. The road's condition has been bringing complaints to the state as well as Fulton and Drumore township officials.
"We hear about it a lot and we tell people, it's a state road," said Fulton supervisor and roadmaster Mike Church.
Drivers have also been calling Drumore Township to complain, supervisor and roadmaster
Kolin McCauley said.
Each year, a special offering is taken at the start of the Gap Relief Sale. While sale proceeds support the work of the Mennonite Central Committee, the offering goes to a specific MCC project. This year's Friday night giving will support the MCC's Global Family program. The program helps support children's programs worldwide, said Brittany Sensenig, a
communications associate with MCC's east coast office.
"The program connects with partners that help run schools and orphanages," she said. "We provide resources, including funding, food, and
MCC also provides bags of school supplies, including pencils, erasers, a ruler, and paper.
A trailer loaded with bales of shredded paper overturned on Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472) in Colerain Township early Wednesday afternoon, July 24. The trailer, pulled by a pickup truck, was southbound on Black Rock Hill between Wesley Rd. and Black Rock Rd. when it crossed the highway. The rig ran up an embankment and jackknifed, flipping the trailer and its load onto the northbound lane. The driver was shaken up in the crash but was not injured. The highway was closed for more than half an hour as firefighters moved the bales to one side of the road. Quarryville firefighters and fire police were still on the scene at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
James Dormer, a 2012 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, has completed his first year of graduate studies and medical research at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dormer is the son of James F. and Robin Woodrow Dormer, a 1979 graduate of Solanco High School. He is also the grandson of Mrs. Samuella Woodrow of Quarryville and the late David S. Woodrow and Mr. and Mrs. James Dormer of Lancaster.
This summer, Dormer is working in quality assurance at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and doing research with the Medical Imaging Processing Group. That group works on new imaging techniques. Dormer
earned a degree in physics with a minor in chemistry from F&M. While there, he was a Dean's Scholar, a John Kerschner Scholar in physics and astronomy, and a member of the Sigma Pil Sigma National Physics Honor
Solanco property owners will receive a two percent discount on their real estate tax if the total is paid before August 31. The Solanco School District has mailed real estate tax notices to property owners in the district. Property owners who have not received their real estate tax notice should call the Solanco School District Tax Office at 786-5611. Property owners are responsible for payment of their real estate taxes even if they fail to receive their tax notices in the
mail. Property taxes may be paid at the school district's administration office, 121 S. Hess St., Quarryville PA 17566 or at any Fulton Bank branch office with the bottom stub of the tax bill. Incorrect amounts or late postmarks will be returned to the sender. For more information, contact the Solanco School District Tax Office at 786-5611.
The new warning sirens for the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station will be tested later this month and in August.
There will be a three-minute test on Wednesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 31. Those tests will begin at 1 p.m.
Six additional tests will be administered on Tuesday, August 6. Those tests will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held every 90 minutes. If the weather is bad, these tests will be held on Thursday, August 8.
Quarryville Fire Company volunteers worked with Charlie's Chicken and Ferguson & Hassler SuperMarket on Thursday and Friday to prepare and sell nearly 5,000 chicken meals. The event is one of the fire company's largest
One of Quarryville borough's two street projects is on schedule. The other has already been postponed twice and borough officials have no definite schedule for its start or completion. That project, putting the final coat of blacktop on S. Summit Ave., should take a couple of days work, Borough Manager Alfred Drayovitch Jr. said. But when that work will be done is still up in the air. The contractor, Pennsy Supply Inc., had scheduled the work to begin July 15. The contractor then postponed the project's start to July 22, and then postponed the work again. By Monday morning, July 22, a new date had not been set.
Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church's preschool will open September 9. Until
recently, that wasn't expected. The school's two teachers had resigned to take other jobs. The congregation wasn't certain it could find two new instructors, one who would also serve as director, before the school year begins.
That's when two former teachers' aides stepped forward and offered to fill the
vacancies and keep the school open.
Using boulders and logs, workers spent Friday keeping a section of the Big Beaver Creek in its banks. They installed another phase of a streambank and waterway improvement project along the creek in the village of New Providence.
Every five years, members of Wrightsdale Baptist Church celebrate a milestone in the congregation's growth. Next Sunday, the church will continue the celebration of its 80th birthday with a homecoming service, a meal, and a gospel concert.
And an ornament.
Each member will receive a gold-colored ornament portraying the church.
"We do this on special birthdays," said the church's pastor, the Rev. Steve Shelton.
"You can hang this on a Christmas tree or you can keep it out all year long."
By Stanley T. White
Another steamy day was made enjoyable by the efforts of the villagers of Peach Bottom. Their neighborhood golf-cart parade was held, for the third time, on Saturday, July 6. The community, those few who were not in the parade, began lining Peach Bottom Road, shortly before 10 a. m. This section of the road parallels the tracks of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.
Two members of the Quarryville Lions Club were awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship at the club's June meeting. Husband and wife Robert and Joanne Black were honored as the award's recipients by Lions First Vice District Governor Jack Sauders. Sauders is a member of the Millersville Lions Club and will be the district governor. The Blacks nominated each other for the award. Neither was aware that both would receive the award and club officials spent the past several months trying to keep the secret.
The Solanco Fair Association is having two-thirds of its remaining pole barn torn down to make more room for exhibits. That sounds like a contradiction, but it will work, general manager Scott Peifer said last week.
The building, originally used to house livestock during the fair, has housed commercial exhibits during recent fairs. But the structure isn't suitable for that purpose because it is too low and does not have sides.
Funding from a grant could pay for a bridge that would carry Low Grade rail trail walkers over Rt. 222. The bridge
would replace a stone arch over Rt. 222 that was demolished in 2009. It would be another link joining sections of the trail that were separated when century-old bridges were demolished as the former rail line was turned over to local
municipalities. The proposed grant would come through the Smart Growth initiative's Transportation
Alternative Program. The $1.9 million grant would fund projects in Conestoga, Martic, Providence, Eden, and Bart townships.
Andy Jackson likes to sit in a chair, under a tree, between his brick home and a white machine shed, and look out over the family farm. It's a familiar scene - he's been on that farm for a century. Jackson, who turned 100 on Monday, July 15, was born on the farm he operated until recently.
"I farmed all my life," he said.
The farm has been in his family since it was deeded to Ulrick Runner by the Penn family in 1752. He was born in the frame house just up the drive from the brick home he shares with Eva, his wife of 79 years. He began attending Little Britain Presbyterian Church when he was six weeks old.
Mason Jim Funk, with some help from Quarryville borough's crew, is making good progress renovating and restoring the pillars and planting areas that mark the entrance to Memorial Park. Quarryville Lions Club spearheaded the project and has been raising funds to pay for the work. Now that it is approaching completion, we think it is time the borough considered what is appropriate to post at the memorials.
The park entrance has been a traditional place for event sponsors to post signs for everything from fundraising auctions to car shows.