"We were asked to make a quilt for the 200th anniversary and this is what we came up with," Arlene Hastings said as she and fellow designer Nancy Hastings displayed the quilt they helped create for Union Presbyterian Church. The finished product commemorating two centuries of the church will be raffled off later this year.
Thirty three young wrestlers got an introduction to the sport during a three-day clinic at Solanco’s wrestling building.
The clinic was held July 18 through 20. Varsity and junior high coaches helped the young wrestlers, as did Lock Haven wrestlers Chance Marsteller and Thomas Haines.
The camp is the idea of junior high coach and former varsity assistant coach Tony Mendez.
Jim and Linda Landis remember their first fair week together.
"That's the week we were married," she said last week. "We weren't volunteering at the time and it seemed like a good time to get married."
That was also before the couple began more than 30 years of volunteering for the annual Solanco Fair.
In September, their fellow volunteers will honor Jim and Linda Landis for their contributions to the fair. The couple has been named Grand Marshals and will lead the fair's street parade.
Organizers are hoping to see a lot of Hawaiian-style parties in this year's Solanco Fair Parade.
"Our theme this year is 'A luau'," parade committee chairman Jeffrey Minnich said last week. "We've looked at a lot of themes from parades across the nation and we realized we have never had anything nearly like this. I have a list of more than 20 themes, some of which we may use and others we probably won't."
The colors stay the same.
Even when they don't.
Solanco School District has a set series of colors for each of its grade levels. The elementary schools have one set of colors, the middle schools another, and the high school a third.
"But the challenge comes when the supplier changes the shades," said district painting crew member Brett Miller.
"It smells old," Janet Todd said as she and other members of Union Presbyterian Church's anniversary committee looked through items being pulled from the church's time capsule.
Committee members sorted through the items on Wednesday morning, July 13. Although they already knew what was in the lead box, the condition of the items surprised many.
Members of Quarryville Fire Company's auxiliary will be holding their second annual vendor sale later this month.
The inaugural event drew 17 vendors. By last week, 26 vendors had signed up for the 2016 sale.
"We have more variety this year," said auxiliary member Danielle Worrell. "They will be offering makeup, jewelry, household items such as Tupperware, and a lot of healthy, alternative items."
Sometimes, snowplows have to be out in some pretty miserable weather.
The rest of the year, they should be stored indoors. That's why Colerain Township is having a new storage building erected at its Kirkwood Pike building. The township has hired A&K Pole Buildings of Harrisburg to put up a three-sided shed to get the plows under roof. The building, which will be 20 feet deep and 100 feet long, will also protect other township equipment that has been stored outdoors, including the tractor-mounted mower. That has been stored outside since the township bought a backhoe more than a year ago.
An accidental fire destroyed a barn and its contents early Friday morning, July 8.
The fire started in the diesel shed at Amos L. Beiler's farm, 314 Lamparter Rd., and quickly spread to the barn, said Bart Township Fire Chief Dave Farmer.
The fire was reported at 3:18 a.m. and quickly engulfed the barn. Three horses and several calves were removed from the barn before firefighters arrived.
When the original owner decided to close the Fashion Exchange on Quarryville's State St., one of her employees had a different idea.
"She was going to close and I asked if I could buy her out," Michelle Hodson said last week.
That was in 2009, two years after Hodson started working at the store.
The business, at the corner of W. State St. and N. Church St., celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.
Firefighters are used to the heat.
But they won't be wearing protective turnout gear when they face grills full of burning charcoal later this month.
Nor will they be trying to put out the fires, which can bring them thousands of dollars in needed money.
The volunteers will spend two days tending portable barbecue pits, helping cook more than 2,000 chicken halves on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15.
The annual Youth Basketball Camp was held last week at Solanco High School. The camp was offered to both boys and girls who had just completed grades three through eight.
"Our primary focus and goal of camp was to provide all campers the opportunities to enhance their basketball skills in an environment where each camper could work hard, develop fundamental skills, and have fun," said co-director Chad McDowell. "Our daily activities included stations, competitions, and three on three and five on five games."
There are, Bradley Garver says, many ways to pass along a love of the outdoors and a passion for Christianity.
Archery can do both, he said last week.
That's why he's helping organize Archers Crusading for Christ, an archery camp for children age five through 16. The camp will be offered at the Smithville Church of God, 595 Pennsy Rd., New Providence.
Following what has become a local tradition, Hanna Welk has been named Lancaster County's Dairy Princess.
She is the most recent of five Solanco students to hold the post, Welk said last week.
"It's kind of a pattern," she said.
To earn the title, she had to do a skit, answer questions on stage, give a speech, and meet with a panel of judges.
At seven, Maddie Johnson was working on her third Relay for Life this past weekend.
Maddie got involved in the American Cancer Society's fundraiser because her grandfather had pancreatic cancer.
"I started it for my Poppy, because he had cancer," she said last Friday afternoon.