Joel Bigler and Michael Wagner spent their first several weeks on the job cleaning roadside gutters, replacing signs, and getting to know the 35 miles of Bart Township's municipal roads.
"We're getting confident with the roads," Wagner said, "and we're changing older stop signs to the newer, more visible ones."
Bigler and Wagner were hired in December to staff the township's road crew, replacing Troy Grumelli and John McComsey. Grumelli resigned in October and McComsey retired at the end of 2018.
When she finally steps down from her part-time position in Quarryville's borough office, Diane Hastings will remain on call in case her replacement has questions.
Her replacement, Valeria Keene, is also on call when her replacement as Bart Township's secretary-treasurer has questions about the job.
Hastings has been working part-time at the borough for several years. She works several days a week, except when the quarter water and sewer bills are being compiled and mailed. Then she can work five or more days at a time.
Troy Grumelli has a new job.
It's a lot like his old one.
"I'm not really making a change," he said last week. "The job is pretty much the same."
But beginning January 1, his title will change. That's the date his appointment as Bart Township's roadmaster becomes official.
Black trousers, white shirt, black tie, and a cardigan sweater.
That's how Hiram G. Troop dressed toward the end of his 45 years of teaching in schools throughout Bart Township.
And that's what Barry Girvin will wear when he portrays the township's iconic teacher next month.
Troop was the personification of higher education in the township.
Fire destroyed a small factory on Dry Wells Rd., Bart Township, shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.
The fire broke out shortly after a line of thunderstorms came through the area.
The building was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived within minutes of the 11:09 p.m. dispatch.
Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to an adjacent building.
Bart Township firefighters were assisted by volunteers and equipment from Lancaster and Chester counties. They trucked water from fill sites on Wilson Rd. and Heyberger Rd.
One Southern End township is working to allow Amish residents to keep a horse on a one-acre lot while a neighboring township will mandate at least two acres for one horse.
The changes come as an increasing number of Amish residents move into homes on one-acre lots, township officials said last week. Most townships allow one or two horses, known as travel horses, to be kept on a one-acre lot if the horses are the family's only means of transportation.
Bart Township native Hazel Grace Woerth is celebrating her 105th birthday today.
Mrs. Woerth, was born on her parents' farm on Georgetown Rd. on June 26, 1909.
She attended public schools, graduating from Bart Township High School after she finished the 11th grade.
In a 2009 interview, she said she balanced her education with chores on the farm.
"I loved to hunt the eggs in the hen house," she said in an interview before her 100th birthday. "The important thing was not to break them."
After she married, she and her husband, the late George K. Woerth, lived on his home farm where she continued to help with the chores.
"I helped milk the cows. they put a halter on them so they wouldn't kick me," she said.
A snowy winter and rainy spring have delayed roadwork throughout the Southern End.
"We're getting farther behind by the day," Bart Township roadmaster Ned Trout said last Friday.
The township's crew is now doing work it would normally have completed a month ago, he said.
Saturday's weather was nearly perfect.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures prompted many homeowners to tackle the brush and tree limbs felled by this past winter's snow and ice.
Some people decided to burn the debris, something that's legal in all nine municipalities in the Southern End. A few of the fires spread, leading to several brush fire calls for local volunteer firefighters.
Who pays to fix mailboxes damaged by plowed snow depends on where the mail customer lives and who plows the road.
The state and some townships will not compensate mailbox owners if plowed snow damages their rural delivery boxes. Other townships will either compensate the owner or fix the boxes.
The top layer of mud began to thaw late Saturday morning, March 1, but freezing temperatures didn’t keep buyers away from Bart Township Fire Company’s 50th annual sale.
By 11:30 that morning, nearly 2,000 bidders had registered for the sale.
Buyers and spectators crowded the sale grounds behind the fire company’s Furnace Rd. station as auctioneers had several sales going simultaneously. The station’s engine bays were standing room only as quilts went to the highest bidders.
If a mud sale is to live up to its name, there has to be mud.
Municipal crews worked through Monday to uncover potential mud from nearly a foot of snow. The crews trucked loads of snow from the sale grounds behind Bart Township Fire Company's station in Georgetown to make room for the first day of the volunteers' annual sale.
Residents of southern Bart Township are getting notices telling them it's time to have their septic tanks pumped.
They are the third, and final, group of about 900 property owners to receive the notices to comply with the township's mandatory pumping ordinance. That law went into effect in January, 2012.
The Southern End's unpaved roads are holding up pretty well to this winter's weather, roadmasters said last week.
"With the freeze and thaw cycle, they're no worse than normal," Bart Township roadmaster Ned Trout said. "We've filled some of the potholes up, but when we plow them, there are still problems."
It can't happen here.
Many residents of sparsely-settled Southern End communities think their rural environment protects them from disasters and catastrophes.
Bart Township Emergency Management Director Mike Hoover knows differently.
Bart Township Fire Co.,
Sept. 1: 3:28 p.m., medical assist, White Oak Rd. at Georgetown Rd., Paradise Township; three volunteers were in service 15 minutes.
Sept. 2: 2:26 p.m., medical assist, Valley Rd., Bart Township; two volunteers were in service one hour and 37 minutes.
Sept. 3: 7:52 p.m., medical assist, Noble Rd., Bart Township; two volunteers were in service 13 minutes.
Two people were charged with assault following an incident in the 1100 block of Slate Hill Rd., Drumore Township, at 11:45 p.m. on August 22, Trooper Aaron Davis reported.
According to the trooper, A 19-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, both from Quarryville, tried to smash a mailbox. The property owner retrieved the bat and followed the teens, damaging their vehicle with the ball bat, the trooper said.