It took Shauna Ridge years to find her calling.
"It did not come from any one incident," she said last week. "It was a gradual call."
It was a call that saw her installed as pastor of Quarryville's United Methodist Church late last month. She started her pastorate on June 29; now she and her husband, Jamie, are settling in and getting to know the Southern End.
"The congregation has been very welcoming," she said last week.
Channeling that positive energy will be one of her first goals.
Organizers are accepting registrations for September's Solanco Fair Baby Parade.
This year's parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 at the Solanco Fairgrounds.
The Walking Division will have the following classes: Best Imitation of a Nursery Rhyme or Fairy Tale, Best Characterization, Most Original, Best Team, Girl in Fancy Dress, and Best Dressed Boy.
Members of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church are collecting new and gently-used clothing for distribution next month.
"We are asking people to bring clean, useable clothing to the church [1199 Valley Rd.]," organizer Shirley Miller said recently. Donations may be dropped off in the church lobby any time.
Solanco's summer reading and writing program added something new this year.
"We've never done that [math] before," coordinator Robin Ball said last week.
"Our teachers come from the elementary grades, so they could do it." Teachers and aides, with volunteers from the community, run the camp.
By late Thursday morning, July 17, a portion of the Atglen to Susquehanna rail trail had a new surface.
"We wanted it smoother for the walkers and people who ride bicycles," said Providence Township Manager Vicki Eldridge. "This makes a nice surface for the trail."
Workers from Long's Asphalt had reached the trail's intersection with Fairview Rd. on Thursday and were ready to head east. They had put down a new base in some sections and were overlaying Providence Township's portion of the trail with a coating of crushed limestone dust.
The demand for emergency food support declined during the first six months of 2014.
Compared with the same period in 2013, 377 fewer people came to the food bank for emergency assistance, coordinator Geri Vick said earlier this week.
There were 502 families who used the food bank service between January 1 and June 30, 2013. That number dropped to 422 during the same period this year, Vick said Monday.
Organizers are hoping larger prizes will attract more teams to the Solanco Fair's annual tug-of-war competition.
The winning team in the 2014 contest will take home $500; the second place team will win $250.
Those prizes are substantially larger than the ones offered in 2013.
Oak Hill Fellowship Church will install its new pastor during a special service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 27.
Ben Miller, a member of the congregation, will become the new pastor and teacher. He will replace the founding pastor, Nate Newell.
Pastor Newell helped plant the church six years ago and had intended to remain with the congregation. However, he has been called to become the new pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Newell will begin a four-month training period in Chicago in September.
Members of St. Paul's Church took God's Big Back Yard outdoors last week.
Volunteers held the first of four vacation Bible school sessions in Quarryville's Huffnagle Park on Wednesday morning, July 9. There will be three more sessions, scheduled for the mornings of July 16, 23, and 30.
Each of the sessions is a stand-alone program, so kids can attend a later camp and not be confused by the activities.
Maryland Natural Resources Police on Tuesday morning recovered the body of a Quarryville man who went missing while swimming in the Northeast River two days ago.
Daniel Isaac Lugo, 18, Lancaster Pike, Quarryville, graduated from Solanco High School last month.
A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer located Lugo's body around 8:45 Tuesday morning, said Candy Thomson, the Maryland Natural Resources' Police Public Information Officer.
A year of international sporting events led organizers of the Solanco Fair Parade to choose Sports Spectacular as the theme for this year's event.
"We've finished with the Winter Olympics and we had the World Cup for soccer," parade committee chairman Jeff Minnich said.
The faculty of Swift Middle School has named the following students to the fourth quarter honor roll.
Members of the Livingway Christian Fellowship have found a new home.
They hope it's permanent.
The congregation held its inaugural Sunday service on July 6 in the former Fellowship of the Faith Church at the corner of Maple Shade Rd. and Liberty Ln., Kirkwood.
Now its members are inviting others to join them.
"We welcome 5," said the pastor, David Cornette. "We're big on fellowship."
Fire destroyed a small factory on Dry Wells Rd., Bart Township, shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.
The fire broke out shortly after a line of thunderstorms came through the area.
The building was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived within minutes of the 11:09 p.m. dispatch.
Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to an adjacent building.
Bart Township firefighters were assisted by volunteers and equipment from Lancaster and Chester counties. They trucked water from fill sites on Wilson Rd. and Heyberger Rd.
Ken Work will officially retire at the end of the day on Wednesday, December 31.
He'll be back on the job in Quarryville's borough hall on Friday, January 2, 2015.
After more than 13 years, Work is stepping down as the borough's police chief. He will continue to serve as borough manager.
Work notified members of borough council of his decision on Monday night, July 7.
It's a bittersweet decision, he said last week.
"I've been a police officer for 43 years," he said. "It's tough to walk away after doing this so long.… It will be tough not to be a policeman. I've done that all my life since high school. There has never been a day when I haven't wanted to go to work. I couldn't imagine doing anything else."
Collin Morris and Josh Firlein used the science they learned to set up an ornate combination of tubes, marbles, and dominoes to launch a morsel of food.
A smaller marble rolled through a tube and set off a chain reaction of dominoes. The last domino then knocked out a prop, sending a larger marble through more tubes and into a second set of dominoes. The final domino in that set then helped trigger a plastic spoon that launched the food.
Morris and Firlein were were among a dozen seventh and eighth graders to participate in a two-week middle level Teen Biz Camp at Smith Middle School. The camp wrapped up on Thursday, July 3, when the students put their work on display.
Marla Peiffer continues to win pageant titles.
Since becoming Miss Solanco 2011, she has won two regional titles and, this year, became third runner-up in the Miss Pennsylvania competition.
Now she's using the experience to help run the annual pageant she won four years ago.
"I'm taking what I've learned and passing it down to the contestants," she said.
Glenn Morrison doesn't wear gloves when he works with his bee hives.
"My father-in-law told me only the first 1,000 bites hurt," he said. "I've gotten so I can work with the gloves off."
While he's accustomed to being stung by the bees he keeps, he can't get used to the catastrophic diseases that have decimated his hives.
For a quarter of a century, members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society have managed the Robert Fulton Birthplace for Pennsylvania.
Now the state may be willing to turn the site over to the nonprofit that has been running it.
The change won't happen anytime soon.
"It could take years," said Howard Pollman, spokesman for Pennsylvania's Historic and Museum Commission.
The faculty of George A. Smith Middle School has announced the names of students earning honor roll distinction for the fourth marking period of the 2013-14 school year.
If they don't pay their bills by July 10, more than two dozen Quarryville residents will find their water service cut off.
The residents will get letters this week telling them they have 10 days to bring their accounts up to date, borough manager Ken Work said Monday.
"The letters (went) out June 30 and, if the bills are not paid, we can terminate their service after July 10," he said.
Rubicon Wrestling Camp clinician John Little wants to convey the message that hard work and dedication are key to a successful wrestling career.
He didn't have to look far to find some good role models for the Rubicon participants.