Quarryville Area Municipal Authority officials will give its customers a chance to see what $12 million can buy.
On hot, humid summer days, drivers on nearby Rt. 222 have already noticed one benefit - the authority's renovated plant no longer stinks.
Other changes are not as obvious surrounding the property, at least until visitors get inside the fence, where the treatment plant's size, and intricacy become more obvious.
It was unscientific, said Scott Frantz, the Republican party's Solanco-area chairman.
But the informal bean poll held during the three-day Solanco Fair last week did show voters and non-voters alike favored candidates who have not held elective office.
Of the beans cast, physician Dr. Ben Carson came in first with 561 votes, followed closely by Donald Trump with 429. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was third with 153.
Overcast skies and an occasional rain shower didn’t keep dogs and a few of their owners out of SECA’s pool in Quarryville on Saturday, September 12. SECA offers dog owners a chance to take their pets for a swim before closing the pool for the winter. Although the event raises funds for SECA, it is primarily a chance for dogs to take a dip.
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They know what it's like to go hungry. But they do it to maintain their weight during wrestling season.
Going hungry when there's no other choice is something else. This week members of the Solanco wrestling program will be volunteering to collect food to help feed their neighbors.
"Everybody needs food, and we can help those who can't afford it," said wrestler Joey Davis.
A close look at education in the 21st century led Hannah Linde to change majors, transfer to another university, and, earlier this summer, to an internship at Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.
Linde had been majoring education at Millersville University, but found she was no longer interested in teaching. That led her to transfer to Liberty University, where she takes classes online. Linde also changed her major to psychology and counseling.
A part-time job changed a pastor's life.
"In 2008, Lancaster Seminary approached me and asked if I would teach the polity class for Presbyterian students," said the Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson. "I did it and I loved it.
"A year ago in September, I finished a class. I was tired, but I had a moment when I knew what people meant when they said 'I would do this for free'." That revelation led the 44-year-old pastor to decide he would like to teach.
"This is what I want to do with the second half of my life," he said. "I would like to teach at a college or in a seminary."
Keeping special needs students occupied on a long bus ride can be a challenge.
Now the Solanco School District has modified one of its mini-buses to do just that.
The bus is one of four that transports special needs students from the district to the Chester County Career and Development Center in Coatesville.
"We picked the bus that has the most challenging students," said district transportation director Jason McClune.
Robert Fulton Fire Company volunteers are making up for lost time.
It's been 20 years since the fire company bought its last new engine. Now they have ordered another and are also buying a new brush fire truck and a squad.
"This is the most ambitious equipment purchase we have had in decades," said Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson.
The new equipment will cost the volunteers a total of $686,000.
Ben Miller grew up liking history and knowing he wanted to teach.
Now he is going to share that enthusiasm for the past with sixth grade students at Swift Middle School.
Beginning this week, he will be teaching ancient and medieval history. Helping them connect with civilizations that disappeared more than two thousand years ago is a challenge, he said.
"We're going to start with map skills. If they're going to study ancient Greece, they have to know where Greece is," he said.
The Solanco Middle School band will be performing a piece entitled "All Star," a Mike Story arrangement of a popular song recorded by the band Smashmouth. "All Star" was on the Shrek soundtrack and it was also a charting Top 40 single at that time.
Parents and students have had a very positive reaction to this song because it is something familiar and upbeat, said band director Scott Weyman.