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.
Someone shot a BB into a window of a building on Lancaster Pike, Providence Township, between August 3 and September 29, Trooper Evan Buehrer reported. Damage was estimated at $400.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Levi Roop is continuing to work at one trade while he is embarking on a new profession.
The East Petersburg resident is still working as an auto body technician, a trade he's had for a decade. "I enjoy working with my hands," he said last week.
On Tuesday, September 24, he spent his first day as a counselor at Quarryville's New Hope Community Life Ministry. He will be working there every Tuesday and acquiring the hours he needs to be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.
In Lancaster City, surveillance cameras cover most main streets.
"From working in the city, I know how valuable they can be to solve crimes and help investigate accidents," Quarryville Police Chief Clark Bearinger said last week.
Since Quarryville has no public surveillance cameras and no plans to install them, the police chief has come up with an alternative - create a database of privately-owned cameras whose owners will allow police to access them.
Two Lancaster Pike businesses are asking Providence Township's zoning hearing board for permission to keep banners flying in front of their buildings.
Providence Auto and Providence Building Supply and Hardware want variances from the township's zoning ordinance. The law prohibits banners with lettering on them.
When the Rev. Mr. Glen Knecht first came to Union Presbyterian Church, he was a recent seminary graduate.
Later this month, the 89-year-old retired minister will return to the congregation to help members celebrate their 94th annual homecoming.