Norfolk Southern Railroad and PennDOT are working to come up with a plan to demolish a stone arch over Pumping Station Rd. in Eden Township.
"There is a PUC order for Norfolk Southern to remove the bridge", PennDOT spokesman Gregory Penny said in an email. "However, the railroad’s construction plans have not been approved yet by PennDOT due to some concerns we have regarding drainage. The railroad should be arranging a meeting with PennDOT soon to discuss and resolve these concerns. We may have a better sense of a possible timetable after the meeting."
Fantasy titles led the list of must-reads at Smith Middle School's book fair.
"The new fantasy books are very popular," reading specialist Emily Ritholz said Thursday, December 19.
Among them are several series of books. Books in the Hunger Games, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and Maximum Ride series were selling well.
"James Patterson writes the Maximum Ride books and kids really like them," Ritholz said.
Young Marines helped members of the Marine Corps League unload a truck full of toys recently.
The toys were collected at Stoner Wade Ford for the Marines' Toys for Tots program.
Students at Clermont Elementary School collected enough food this month to fill a box truck.
The students, who began donating items December 3, wrapped up their drive Wednesday, December 18. The items were then taken to the Solanco Food Bank.
By the time they were finished, the kids accumulated 5,855 items, ranging from Pop Tarts and cooking oil to canned vegetables and granola bars. They also donated personal care items, including shampoo, toothpaste, and dish soap.
Solanco Little League will have to wait until next month to find out if it can use its Kirkwood Pike complex year-around and can allow teams from other leagues to play on the fields.
Colerain Township's zoning hearing board will give its decision on the fields' use in January. At the same time, the board will also rule on a league request to be able to use a public address system on a third field. The league already has permission to use public address systems on two of its eight fields.
For more than six decades, only weather ravaged the stone monuments flanking the entrance to Quarryville's Memorial Park.
Late last month, three weeks after the restored monuments were dedicated, someone knocked four flagstone caps from one of the memorial planters.
Something hit the planter closest to Park Ave. hard enough to dislodge the flagstone caps, knocking one to the ground and chipping it.
A winter storm warning not withstanding, organizer Fred Williams was determined the local Wreaths Across America program would start on time.
It was to begin at noon at Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church with a moment of silence. Then there would be a short address, scripture from Pastor Traci Glover, reading the names of veterans buried in the church's cemetery, and a prayer.
The starting time assures ceremonies begin at the same time across the United States.
Southern End townships aren't ready to follow Quarryville Borough's lead and enact property maintenance codes.
In November, borough council approved a property maintenance code that allows municipal officials to deal with everything from overgrown yards to collapsing houses.
A Solanco High School graduate, with help from a group of middle school students, is sending 1,200 Christmas cards to troops serving in the United States and overseas.
Working from August through November, 2013 graduate Jamie Paxton created the colorful cards.
She took extra shifts at work so she could afford to buy the materials she needed to create all of the hand-crafted cards.
Organizers of the local Audubon Christmas bird count are always looking for new volunteers.
"New folks are always welcome," Bob Schutsky said last week. "We have a core group that has been doing this for decades, but we lose a few every year and pick up some new ones."
Several dozen volunteers turned out Saturday morning, December 7, to plant trees at the Fairview Rd. crossing at the low grade rail trail in Providence Township.
The planting was designed by Willow Valley's grounds department and several retirement community residents helped with the planting. Most of the trees were planted around the railhead while others were placed along the trail above and below the road crossing.
Early next year, the trail itself will get a new surface.
Four people were slightly injured when two pickup trucks collided at the intersection of Park Ave. and Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222), East Drumore Township, at 11:44 a.m. on December 8, Trooper Nelson Renno reported.
Krissy and Daryl Supplee will portray Mary and Joseph in the 34th annual Union Presbyterian Church Christmas pageant. Kayden Douglas Hadler will be Baby Jesus.
The pageant will be presented at the church, Street Rd. at Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472), Kirkwood. The performances will be at 6:45 p.m. on December 14 and 15. Admission is free; refreshments will be served following each performance.
The pageant shares the celebration of Christmas as the miracle of the birth of Christ as presented in music, drama, and Biblical passages.
Each year, members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society decide which dozen landmarks will be featured in the group's calendar.
This year, the 30th anniversary of the society's first calendar, members chose to revisit the scenes they portrayed in their 1984 edition.
Although the landmarks are the same, different artists drew the scenes, often from a different perspective.
"Children are tremendously important to this church and to every church," said the Rev. Dr. Garfield Greene, pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.
That's the main reason the congregation has spent just over a year and about $200,000 on an addition to the its white frame sanctuary at 310 Pilottown Rd., Peach Bottom.
Denise Williams likes to paint.
Sometimes it's landscapes or portraits. On other occasions, she paints houses. She works part time as a house painter and flooring installer, a craft she learned in the county's vo-tech program.
"I do some of that now, whenever it comes my way," she said.
She also works part time at Stoner Decorating, where she's begun her latest art project.
Williams, with the encouragement of manager Penny Housekeeper, is working on a mural that, when completed, will include scenes from the Southern End's history.
The faculty of Swift Middle School has announced the names of students earning honor roll distinction for the first marking period of the 2013-14 school year.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library have added a new item to their traditional holiday bake sale.
Joining the home-baked cookies, wrapped chocolate cookie mugs, and poinsettias will be the group's first calendar.
The calendar has a recipe for each month, group president Carolyn Biscardi said last week.
Members of the group contributed the recipes, all for home-made cookies, Biscardi said.
Alli McClune was named Miss Solanco 2014 at the 59th annual Miss Solanco Scholarship Pageant Saturday night, November 30.
McClune performed a pointe dance to the tune Up Is Down during the talent portion of the contest.
Her platform for the pageant was helping bring dance to the disadvantaged.
She is the daughter of Jen Deibler and Jason McClune.
Her mother was Miss Solanco in 1991 and has helped coordinate recent pageants. Deibler and her husband did not work on this year’s pageant because McClune was competing.
McClune was sponsored by the Solanco Fair Association. She was accompanied in the pageant by Payton Garver, one of the junior princesses who participated in this year’s pageant.
A burglar armed with a large rock broke into the Valero gas station at the corner of Scotland Rd. and Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272) at 11:27 p.m. on November 30, Trooper Curtis L. Matthews reported.
According to the trooper, the thief hit the glass door with the rock, popping the door open. He then went inside, took cash and cigarettes, and fled, running over a hill near the station. Anyone with information about the burglary should call police at 299-7650.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Fewer people paid their Solanco School District real estate taxes during the two-month discount period earlier this year.
But more people paid their bills in the following two months, bringing collection figures as of October 31 in line with those of previous years, said Dr. Timothy Shrom, the school district's business manager.