The Southern End Community Association is building on last year's success as it prepares for its annual auction.
The 2019 auction will be held on just one day.
"We tried one day last year and it was very successful," said SECA board president Carol Gibson. "We hope this year's sale will be bigger and better."
Air Force veteran and former WGAL-TV anchor Dick Hoxworth will be the guest speaker at the Veterans' Day dinner hosted by two local Lions Clubs.
About 225 friends, neighbors, and family members attended Ethel Kirk's 90th birthday party Saturday, October 26, at the Robert Fulton Fire Company banquet hall.
The Southern End is still waiting for its first killing frost.
So far this fall, temperatures have rarely dipped into the lower 30s and most days see highs reaching the upper 60s.
But it's still time to start thinking about winter and ways to stay warm, says Solanco Neighborhood Ministries director Teresa Dolan.
The nonprofit will begin accepting applications for its heating fuel assistance program on November 1.
Organizers didn't know what to expect when they hosted Smith Middle School's first Fall Fest.
That was two years ago. Now they know what to offer and how many volunteers they will need to make it happen.
They now know how important the celebration is.
Someone stole seven show chickens from 450 Hollow Rd., Bart Township, on October 26, Trooper Trevor Gauntlett reported. The missing chickens are worth $140.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Contractors have begun working on a long-planned project that will, when it's completed, be Providence Township's largest housing development.
Earlier this month excavators began creating the stormwater management contours for the first phase of Creekside. The development, in the planning stages for nearly a decade, will eventually have 216 homes on just over 94 acres of ground between Fairview Rd. and Ridge Rd.
A veteran local artist's work appears on the cover of the 2020 Solanco Historical Society calendar.
Colerain Township resident Ruth Lefever's pen and ink drawing of the former Haddon Store is on the front of the annual edition and also illustrates March's calendar. The store building still stands at the intersection of Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222), Church Rd., and Spring Valley Rd. in the East Drumore village of Mechanic Grove. It was converted from a illegal medical clinic to become a general store in 1950. It continued as a store until 1986.
They're still Presbyterians.
But members of Union Presbyterian Church have changed their affiliation.
Earlier this year, the church left Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and, on September 30, the 203-year-old congregation was accepted into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Solanco has fewer students in grades one through eight than attend Amish schools in the district.
On October 1, Solanco had 2,016 students in those grades. The Amish schools had 2,043 on that date.
Solanco's overall enrollment is higher - 3,307 - because it offers kindergarten and grades nine through 12. The Amish schools only offer grades one through eight.
This baler caught fire along Georgetown Rd. in Bart Township on Tuesday afternoon, October 15. The fire was apparently caused by a hot bearing that set fire to corn fodder.
Hundreds of children turned out Saturday evening, October 19, for the annual Quarryville Halloween Parade.
Seven girls will compete for the title of Miss Solanco 2020.
The girls will participate in the competition at Solanco High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 30. The theme for this year's contest is A Magical Evening.
There are still a couple of tables available for Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's annual sale craft sale.
The church women do not charge a table rental fee, organizer Shirley Miller said. Crafters have to contribute one item each for door prizes which are given out every half hour.
Later this month, drivers for buses serving Solanco School District students will participate in the state's annual Operation Safe Stop.
The program is designed to increase motorists' awareness of the consequences of passing a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading students, said Solanco transportation coordinator Matt Kirchoff.
Almost any music can be played on an organ. Songs ranging from country and rock and roll to hymns and tunes from musicals can be performed.
"You can adjust pretty much anything so you can play it on an organ," organist Rick Rineer said. "There are Sousa marches that are adapted to the organ and they sound really good. The organ is adaptable to various genres of music."
Quarryville's newest piece of fire apparatus is quieter, safer, and easier to operate than the engine it replaces.
"It has an automatic transmission, rollover prevention, and even has air bags," Fire Chief Joel Neff said last week.
A former volunteer has returned to New Hope's Community Closet to manage the store.
Katey Ragsdale became the nonprofit resale shop's manager earlier this month.
"I volunteered here when I was in middle school," she said. "I went to Lancaster Mennonite but my church [Encounter Church in Colerain Township] was near here and a good friend helped here."
Solanco High School's homecoming celebration has spawned a community service project.
Students in the Varsity Club and members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are using the week-long festivities to collect items for Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.
"I had an idea to do a service project at homecoming," said Evan Kline, a member of the fellowship. "I talked with my mom and she suggested a food drive. I took it to Coach [Mike] Hammel and he really liked it."
Homecoming week in Solanco will be October 15 through 18. The homecoming football game will be Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. vs. Cocalico. The homecoming queen will be crowned at the football field prior to the game. The homecoming king will be announced during the homecoming dance at the high school Saturday night, October 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Seven of the 100 Girl Scouts who meet at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church have earned awards for their community service.
Five girls, all in fourth and fifth grades, earned Bronze Awards. Two older girls earned Silver Awards.
Local churches, a dance school, and the Quarryville Fire Company will host the community's third annual Halloween Parade and celebration on Saturday, October 19.
For the second year, Memorial United Methodist Church will assist with the event. This year, Freedom Life will also help with the parade and the activities at the fire station.
That's how one Providence Township resident describes PennDOT's plan to change traffic patterns on a 3.5 mile stretch of Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272).
Township officials agree.
"We think this is not a good thing," Township Manager Vicki Eldridge said last week.
Members of Little Britain Presbyterian Church are working to keep their neighbors warm this winter.
Beginning next week, the congregation will be collecting coats, hats, gloves, and other winter outerwear. In late November, that clothing will be available free to anyone who needs them.
Organizers will be making more mashed potatoes when they prepare for Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's 12th annual turkey supper.
"Last year we ran out of mashed potatoes," Shirley Miller said.
It's been a while since the church's Presbyterian Women ran out of food for the meal. That happened at the first one, back in 2008. That year, the women did not know how successful the meal would be and expected about 200 people to show up.