Aiden Weaver's five and too young to join the fire company.
But this past summer he braved the heat to raise enough money to feed Quarryville's volunteer firefighters and the borough's police officers.
Aiden, came up with the plan on his own.
by Hannah Pollock
Pastor Jim Rhen has entered his 12th and final year at Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren.
Pastor Rhen has been with the church since 2005 and has chosen to retire this coming spring.
First, they want to make enough money to pay for the 2017 Solanco High School post prom party.
Then they'll use what's left over to help fund a summer camp experience for kids who are dealing with cancer.
Bargains come in all shapes and sizes.
Sometimes they are discount tickets to a home football game.
Or they can be free books, donated by a program that promotes literacy.
On Friday night, October 14, they came together.
People who donated books to Solanco's literacy program that evening received discount tickets to the varsity Mules' home football game.
A program that has trained young girls for half a century is coming to an end.
The Southern Belles baton club will close at the end of this year, founder and teacher Barbara Tollinger said last week.
"We don't have a very big group going right now. It's winding down and the end of the year is it," she said during a practice session last Thursday night.
Ultimately, the goal is to bring in enough money to operate the fire company and pay off the building project.
The annual boot drive can't do that alone, but it can help, said Quarryville Fire Company President Sherry Wertz.
The drive is a joint effort of fire company volunteers and 11 area restaurants. An empty fire boot is in each establishment with a sign asking patrons to make a donation.
Drug addiction has burgeoned in recent years, reaching inner city neighborhoods and rural communities alike.
The Solanco area is no exception.
"We've had several overdoses, due in large part to the availability of cheap heroin," Quarryville Police Chief Ken Work said last week.
Over the past four years, the number of drug overdose deaths in the county has more than tripled.
His grandparents live just off the ninth hole of Tanglewood Manor Golf Club.
That's handy for Logan Wagner, who just finished his third year playing in the six-team Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour.
Wagner plays golf with his grandparents, Glenn and Cleo Freese every Monday when he's not in school.
by Hannah Pollock
The Girl Scout troops at Chestnut Level are entering their 40th year and Linda Martin has been there for all of them.
“She’s been there since the beginning. She actually started it back when it was time for me to start [Girl Scouts],” said Amy Martin-Rineer, a troop leader at Chestnut Level. Martin-Rineer is continuing the tradition started by her mother.
Ten young women will be vying for the title of Miss Solanco 2017.
As the weather cools, it's time for comfort food.
That's one reason the women of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church schedule their annual turkey dinner for the second Saturday in October.
"We just ask that people come and don't count calories," said organizer Shirley Miller.
Miller has been helping coordinate the dinner since its inception seven years ago.
Those first years were stressful, she recalled.