Buoyed by an impressive showing during scrimmages Saturday, Solanco boys soccer coach Ron Miller has high hopes for his squad. The Mules were 3-0-1 on the day. "It was awesome," Miller said. "It was a good day for us. We've improved big time and I see a nice season in store for us."
Every August, the Thursday before school opens, the drivers who pilot school buses throughout the Solanco School district gather for orientation and training. Every year, the training is different.
"We try to give them practical training for everyday stuff they do on the bus," said Jason McClune, the district's transportation coordinator. This year, the emphasis was on safety.
The bridge connecting Little Britain Township’s Sleepy Hollow Rd. with Lees Bridge Rd. in West Nottingham Township won’t reopen until mid-September. The $1.2 million project was supposed to be completed last month, PennDOT said last spring.
The bridge, built in 1947, closed in early March. The superstructure of the span was in bad condition and had to be
replaced, PennDOT spokesman Gregory Penny said at the time. The project’s completion date was later extended into August. Last week, PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochinus said the project has been delayed again.
The new opening date is the middle of next month, he said. Crochinus did not say why the contractor, Alan A. Myers of Worcester, did not complete the work on time.
She doesn't do braces, fill cavities, or fit false teeth. And her patients outweigh her by a ton or more. That makes Katelyn Duncan a specialized and very careful
Duncan, a 2010 graduate of Solanco High School, has been operating her own equine dental practice for nearly three years.
"I see my patients every three months to once a year," she said.
Some of those horses are owned by people who ride for pleasure. Others work on farms throughout the region.
There must be some recessive gene in the Girvin family tree. That's one
way to explain how three generations of the family have become public school teachers, Barry Girvin said last week. Barry is a native of Bart Township who graduated from Solanco High School and went on to
teach social studies in the Conestoga Valley School District for 34 years before retiring. His son, John, graduated from CV and Millersville University and is well into his third decade at Solanco High School, where he teaches chemistry. John's daughter, Alyssa Girvin, is a graduate of Penn Manor High School and Elon University. She is beginning her first year as a science teacher at Solanco High, where she will teach biology.
"I like biology because its a very hands-on subject," Alyssa said last week. "It's the study of life."
Many of the toughest tasks have already been completed, but the custodial staff at Quarryville Elementary School is still busy prepping for the start of the school year.
"The last week is better than a month ago," custodian Carl Cross said. "We're just pulling everything together."
A month ago, Cross and his co-workers cleaned a majority of the rooms in just 11 days. The job was more challenging this year because Quarryville Elementary hosted summer school classes. During summer school, they were able to clean the rooms in the D wing, which houses specialty classes such as ESOL and speech.
The way she sees it, Donna Miller started playing volleyball at the age most people stop.
The Drumore resident has no plans to step away from the game.
Miller's career, which started at 36, has spanned 34 years and has included a bunch of trophies and awards.
Her latest accomplishment came at the National Senior Games in Ohio in late July. Miller, a hitter, and her team earned a bronze medal in the 65s age bracket.
Mike Roth and Stan White couldn't talk to the people who started, ran, and abandoned the narrow gauge railroad that once connected Oxford, Peach Bottom, and Quarryville.
Instead they spent years gathering the documentation they needed to put together a comprehensive account of the Lancaster, Oxford, and Southern's history, from it's first promotion in 1860 until the final rails were pulled up in 1920.
That work, A Railroad for the "Southern End," was published earlier this month. The 479-page book also includes maps, timetables, photographs, and artists' sketches of the narrow gauge railroad and the communities it served.
It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.
Just who will be hauling sludge from Quarryville's sewage treatment plant will now be determined by the borough's engineer and council.
Two forms of sludge remain after sewage is treated - liquid sludge and solid sludge.
There's more to a Christian life than listening to a sermon every Sunday.
That's the premise of a two-year program of adult night courses being offered by Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Mechanic Grove.
The church first offered the classes in the spring of 2007. A change in pastors stopped the program until last fall.
The routes are all mapped out.
Without coping with a single bridge detour.
Of the two local bridge projects on the district's roads, one will be completed before school starts and the other doesn't affect any bus routes.
Solanco High School's marching band will field a balanced group of musicians this year.
The band's composition led director Gary Doll to choose a challenging program for 2013.
That show, Star Trek Through the Years, uses music from several generations of the science fiction icon.
Quarryville Borough Manager Alfred Drayovitch Jr. is retiring sooner than expected.
Earlier this year, Drayovitch told borough council he would retire January 31, 2014. On Monday night, August 5, he moved that date up to the end of the month.
"I had planned to be able to do a month of transition [with the new borough manager] and I thought it would take longer," Drayovitch said. "When council made its decision [on a new manager], I moved the date up. There are trout streams, golf courses, and beaches I need to see."
Bart Township Fire Co., Georgetown
July 30: 12:08 p.m., assist Robert Fulton, outbuilding, 369 Pine Grove Rd., Little Britain Township; 15 volunteers were in service two hours and 30 minutes.
Aug. 3: 2:04 a.m., medical assist, Furnace Rd., Bart Township; three volunteers were in service 59 minutes.
Quarryville Fire Co., Quarryville
July 30: 6:53 a.m., house fire, York County; 14 volunteers were in service two hours and 40 minutes.
12:10 p.m., assist Robert Fulton, building fire, 369 Pine Grove Rd., Little Britain Township; 17 volunteers were in service three hours.
July 31: 5 p.m., medical assist, Stony Hill Rd., Eden Township; 14 volunteers were in service five minutes.
Aug. 1: 8:45 a.m., building fire, 111 Walnut Valley Ct., York County; 11 volunteers were in service six hours.
Aug. 2: 2 p.m., spill control, 1500 block of May Post Office Rd., Eden Township; 14 volunteers were in service 20 minutes.
5:15 p.m., medical assist, Kirkwood Pike, Colerain Township; 16 volunteers were in service 20 minutes.
Aug. 3: 11:20 p.m., investigation, 35 Friendly Dr., East Drumore Township; 21 volunteers were in service 15 minutes.
Robert Fulton Fire Co., Wakefield
July 30: 12:08 p.m., outbuilding, 369 Pine Grove Rd., Little Britain Township; 12 volunteers were in service three hours and two minutes.
Aug. 3: 8:50 p.m., medical assist, Little Britain Rd. South, Little Britain Township; five volunteers were in service 50 minutes.
Aug. 4: 2:35 p.m., vehicle accident, Rt. 272 at Warfel Rd., Fulton Township; 16 volunteers were in service 55 minutes.
A New Providence resident was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct following a dispute at 142 Truce Rd., Providence Township, at 10:32 a.m. on August 3, Trooper Bertrum A. James reported.
Dane E. Saenen, 45, was cited after he allegedly pushed, restrained, and yelled at a 56-year-old woman. Saenen reportedly pushed the woman away from the home's door, refusing to let the woman leave. He also threatened the woman, the trooper said.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Workers began removing the deck from one of Eden Township's smaller bridges late last week, starting one of three projects they hope to wrap up by late this month.
The bridge, on Furnace Rd. just feet from its intersection with May Post Office Rd., will get a concrete deck, roadmaster Mark Rudy said.
The bridge had a wooden deck that was covered with blacktop. The wood had rotted, seriously weakening the span.
"The stone walls and abutments are OK, but the deck needed replaced," Rudy said.
Caley Roark used his Solanco Education Foundation grant to buy some low-tech games. The games help students in the district's gifted program improve their grasp of strategy and their ability to work together.
"These are a step up from Monopoly or Scrabble. Most of the games we buy develop one or two strategy skills and most have a social element," Roark said.
"A few require a cooperative effort, where the students work as a team and work against the game. … This is more social. With electronic games, there is a chance they will be isolated with their computers."
Some of the games are tied into the program's curriculum.
The Southern End Community Association is working hard to find enough golfers to compete in its 23rd annual tournament.
But the traditional date, the Friday before Labor Day, is also the date for the annual Solanco Education Foundation golf tournament.
"Now the two tournaments are competing for golfers," SECA director Glenn Koehler said last week.
That wasn't the original plan. In recent years, the education foundation has held its fundraising tournament in late September.
When they contacted Meadia Heights Golf Club to make sure that date was available, education foundation members were told a maintenance project had already been scheduled for that date, said education foundation director Keith Kaufman. So the foundation took August 30, the same date SECA will hold a fundraising tournament at Tanglewood Golf Club.
In five years, the congregation of Quarryville Baptist Church has moved from in-home meetings to a church of its own.
Earlier this summer, the congregation moved into its own building, a former daycare center on Solanco Rd. in East Drumore Township.
Between the in-home meetings and the new church, the congregation met in another church's building on Quarryville's E. State St., in the SECA Center, and at Black Rock Retreat. The members also met, for a couple of weeks, in the Next Gen Senior Center.
"We secured this property on June 15 and held our first service here a week later," said Matthew Hodge, who helps his father, Craig, pastor the congregation.
Members of the congregation have been working to alter the building for its new purpose.