A former Quarryville Elementary student has begun a project to revive the school's Discovery Garden.
Quintin Robinson, a Solanco High School sophomore and a Life Scout with Troop 58, started cleaning out the old garden on Saturday afternoon, September 13.
He came up with the idea a year ago.
"I was at the school and a custodian came up to me and asked me if I knew anyone who needed an Eagle project," he said.
The prizes are decorative.
"We're having filled Longabarger baskets as the prizes," said SECA Bingo organizer Tammy Rineer.
The funds raised during the October 19 event will also serve a decorative purpose, SECA director Nicole Luecker said.
"We're going to use the money to put down a new floor," she said. The SECA building, formerly the American Legion Post Home, needs flooring upstairs as well as in the entrance and hallway, she said.
Hosting an all-night party for 200 teenagers is expensive.
Even if it's staffed by volunteers and many of the prizes are donated, the cost will go well over $10,000.
Coming up with that money is one of the challenges Solanco's post-prom party committee faces every year.
Parents planning the May, 2015, party are pinning their hopes on a major fundraiser they'll hold next month.
Organizers are hoping the third anniversary of Run the Good Race will reprise its inaugural success.
"We raised over $1,700 for the food bank the first year," Lori Kelley said.
Hitting a similar figure this year for the Solanco Food Bank's SWEEP program would be wonderful, she said. The SWEEP program provides weekend meals for elementary students who otherwise would not have enough to eat.
Twenty Solanco High School students will be in the Homecoming Court on Friday, October 3.
Ten girls will compete for the title of Homecoming Queen; 10 boys will compete for the title of Homecoming King. The queen will be crowned at the October 3 football game; the king will be crowned at the homecoming dance on Saturday, October 4.
This year's candidates are:
There are many opportunities for families and their children in the Solanco community.
Early next week, Smith Middle School will be helping those families connect with organizations that offer a wide range of services and opportunities, assistant principal David Beard said.
Those opportunities range from programs offered by the Southern End Community Association to volunteer opportunities at area non-profits. There are also sports programs for kids who like to play football, basketball, or baseball; dance schools, martial arts, and scouting.
Photos from day one of the 65th annual Solanco Fair. Check back later for photos from the parade.
Some of the records sealed in boxes may be valuable or provide insights to Quarryville's history.
"Some of them date back 75 or 100 years or more," said Quarryville Borough Council President William Mankin. "Some are pretty historic. We don't want to throw those away."
Most of the records, however, are worthless. There are hand-written police reports from the 1970s and paid water bills going back even further.
Exhibitors spend Tuesday getting read for the he 65th Solanco Fair which runs from Wednesday, September 17 through Friday, September 19.
The Fair Parade is Wednesday night at 6.
The Baby Parade is Thursday night at 7.
Members of the Amish community are working on an alternative to proposed changes in Colerain Township's zoning ordinance.
Township officials are considering an amendment that would not allow horses to be kept on properties of less than two acres. It also spells out how many small animals would be permitted.
The amendment, if adopted, would make Colerain's zoning the most restrictive of any township in the Southern End.
Members of Solanco High School's FFA chapter have two goals for their annual Solanco Fair Parade float.
"We're trying to stay with the fair theme [sports spectacular]," said chapter vice president Andrew Aument.
The chapter members also have a more personal message for the float. "We're trying to do a tribute to Brian Zug," Aument said. Zug, who died April 17 at the age of 39, had coached the FFA chapter's dairy judging team for years.
Long before saving Monarchs became a national concern, members of one family have been working to help the iconic insects, one butterfly at a time.
"My whole family does this," Diane Walton Neyhard said recently. "I've done it all my life. … It's a big deal to me and my family."
She learned from her grandmother and her kindergarten teacher, both of whom protected and fed caterpillars as they grew into Monarchs.
SECA celebrated the end of summer on Saturday by inviting dogs and owners for a swim in the pool in what has become an annual event.
Golf can be, as Mark Twain supposedly said, a good walk spoiled.
Its practitioners would disagree. So would a half dozen members of Solanco High School's Class of 2015 and 10 of the district's teachers.
The students and the teachers are counting on golfers turning out for more than a walk spoiled on September 12.
The third time is the charm.
The Solanco School District is counting on it, at least when it comes to fixing the problem-plagued high school varsity baseball field.
They had to decide months before the National Weather Service or the Old Farmer's Almanac came out with their predictions for the winter of 2014-15.
Even before they finished plowing near-record snowfalls late last winter, roadmasters across the Southern End were being asked to order salt for the following year.
There is no good way to make that decision, said William Lamparter, supervisor for Quarryville's public works department.
Workers hoisted a 10--foot-long bridge over Sigman Road in Providence Township last Thursday.The bridge connects sections of the Atglen-Susquehanna rail trail.
For the past 29 years, Carey Kalupson has been teaching ag students at Solanco High School.
Now the department's lead teacher, he also mentors other ag teachers and student teachers in the department and works with fellow teachers throughout the region.
That work was recently recognized by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Kaupson has been named the 2014 Pennsylvania winner of the association's teacher mentor award.