Last year's event exceeded organizers' expectations.
"We didn't know what to expect," Providence Township zoning officer Heidi Martinez said last week. "We've had about 50 people come to our annual picnic, so we didn't know how many would come out for the first time we combined that with the National Night Out. We got between 400 and 500 people [in 2018]. We did not think we would get that many."
Heather Findley-Morrison, 27, of Quarryville, was charged with trespassing after she was found lying on the floor of a bedroom at 497 Cinder Rd., Providence Township, at 7:05 a.m. on July 23, Trooper Scott Prushinski reported. Findley-Morrison had been told not to enter the home by both the property owner and the occupant, the trooper said.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Fire destroyed a garage in Little Britain Township on Friday afternoon, July 26.
The blaze, which is believed to be accidental in origin, caused an estimated $95,000 damage to the building and its contents, Robert Fulton Fire Company Deputy Chief Mark Barto said.
The fire at 121 Honeysuckle Rd. was reported at 2:42 p.m. Arriving firefighters found heavy fire in the building.
Last year, the special giving at Mennonite Central Committee's annual Gap Relief sale helped fund emergency efforts in the Ukraine.
This year, the donation will go to assist MCC's mobile canning unit. The unit, which travels throughout the United States and into Canada every year, cans meat to be used in MCC's relief efforts. During this past season, the canner put up more than 700,000 24-ounce cans.
Joe Miller will talk about the canning unit's work during the first evening of the annual sale. Following Miller's talk at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, the offering will be taken.
Earlier this month, Scott Long moved across the office, down the hall, and into his new job at Solanco High.
He brings with him a vision for the school's future and plans to turn that vision into reality.
"We need to do a better job with college and career readiness," he said. "We need to get kids ready for what they're going to do after high school. "College is not the be-all and end-all. We need to work with CTC [the county's vocational schools] as well as our own training here."
Organizers of the Solanco Fair Parade are trying to encourage more individuals and groups to design and build floats for the annual event.
They hope creating a new award - a grand prize for the best float - will encourge more entries. With that award will come a cash prize of $250. That's the most money presented for any winning entry in the annual fall celebration.
"We're trying to encourage more floats," fair parade committee chairman Jeff Minnich said.
By early next month, drivers will be able to use a new bridge that carries Providence Township's Hollow Rd. over an unnamed tributary of the Big Beaver Creek.
The original bridge was destroyed by a storm in August, 2018. The township used two ABS pipes to replace that bridge temporarily. Now a permanent span is being installed on the road. Until that work is finished, the road is closed between Sawmill Rd. and Truce Rd.
The Quarryville Authority has renewed its search for an additional water source after two test wells came up dry.
The wells, both drilled on Solanco Fair Association property, did not produce enough water to justify their development, said authority chairman John Chase.
A man from Willow Street and his stepfather have been charged with conspiring to steal four cartons of cigarettes from the Turkey Hill Market, 1010 Lancaster Pike, Drumore Township, state police report.
They've tried evenings. They've tried weekends. But organizers of St. Paul's Church's annual vacation Bible School have found holding the event on successive Wednesdays in July works best for them.
"We started doing this in 2014," director Patti Chase said last week. "Except for last year, we've done it in the mornings at [Quarryville's] Huffnagle Park. We tried evenings because we thought it would allow us to attract more helpers, but it didn't."
A consortium of community service agencies celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.
Solanco Family Life Network, a collaboration of more than 60 organizations, celebrated its birthday at the Quarryville Library on June 18. The group includes local ministries, organizations, and public schools and has resources at the county, regional, and state levels.
Carol Lieber has a village of her own.
Imaginary animals inhabit tiny homes, work in miniature gardens, and play around small plants in the fairy garden under a tree behind the Center Road home she shares with her mother, Maida Miller.
A century and a half ago, workers began building one of the most iconic bridges in the United States.
It took them 14 years to finish the 5,989 feet of the Brooklyn Bridge at a cost of $15 million.
Colerain Township's bridge project gets underway this week, and it rivals the mile-long, 150-year-old Brooklyn span only in the length of time it has taken to complete.
Quarryville firefighters held their annual chicken and rib barbecue at TownsEdge Shopping Village last Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the firefighters sold about half of the 2,600 meals that were prepared.
Jerome H. Rhoads Inc. is asking Quarryville's zoning hearing board to approve construction of a truck garage and a paved or stone storage area.
The request is for a portion of the 7.1 acres the company owns at 223 E. State St.
Organizing the first Wreaths Across America celebration in Quarryville was a learning experience, Kristi Sprout said last week.
And the lessons were positive.
"One good thing I learned is that people pulled it through when they needed to. The community really got behind this," she said. "At the last minute, there were things that we needed and we didn't plan for and people stepped up and made it happen."
It would have been cheaper just to write a check.
A songwriter they met on the trip made that point to Ron Storms and Meghan Schreiner.
"He asked us how much we had put into creating the truck and financing the trip. When I told him 'it was about $15,000', he asked, 'why didn't you just write a check'," Storms recalled.
But that would not have promoted the cause the way this did, Storms said.
Solanco Neighborhood Ministries wants to help students pack up for school.
But to do that, the nonprofit needs backpacks and other school supplies.
"We're looking for backpacks for all ages," said community support specialist Hannah Linde.
It's unique, at least in the Southern End.
That's one way to describe Bart Township's latest piece of equipment, a JCB Hydradig excavator.
Work on Quarryville's most ambitious street project of the year began in mid-June and will continue through the end of July.
The work began on the block of 2nd St. between S. Hess St. and S. Church St. That includes new water and sewer lines, reclaiming the street, installing new curbs, and paving.
A Martic Township resident is facing additional charges after state police searched his camper in Martic Township on July 3.
Melvin Hartman of 53 Nissley Ln. was already facing charges following a traffic stop in West Lampeter Township. During that stop, police found what appeared to be explosive devices in his vehicle.
A former resident of 10 Laura Ct., East Drumore Township, has been charged with burning the mobile home down, state police said.
Edwin Michael Schabach-Rivera, 33, of 7 Laura Ct. was arrested at the scene of the fire and charged with four felony counts and several misdemeanors. The charges ranged from arson and resisting arrest to vandalism.
Trooper Timothy Pray, a state police fire marshal, charged Schabach-Rivera.
Members of the Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsmen's Association want to build a new clubhouse.
But before they can start, they need approval from Providence Township's Zoning Hearing Board.
For decades, the Solanco Food Bank has been providing food for people in the Southern End.
Now a partnership with the Humane League of Lancaster County allows the food bank to help pets as well.
The food is provided by the league's Spike's Pet Pantry, a pet food bank program to help owners in need.
Knocker ball will be among the games offered at the annual SECA Fest this Saturday.