Some people have been planning summer activities since the first week in January. Others are waiting until spring is closer.
Those with firm schedules have been reserving space in five Southern End municipal parks, local officials said recently.
Aaron Haun wanted to become a police officer in a small town in Lancaster County.
Quarryville Borough needed to hire an additional cop.
The two goals came together on February 6 when Haun, 26, was sworn in as Quarryville's fourth full-time police officer. He started work the following day.
"I grew up in Lancaster County and lived in Drumore for a while," Haun said. "I like small towns and the idea of working in one."
He, his wife, their son, and his step-daughter live in the county.
Haun is also a member of a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in West Chester.
He joins patrol officers Cheryl Thompson and Charles Grimasuckas and school resources officer Chris Dilworth. Police Chief Ken Work also serves as the borough manager. The police department also has several part-time officers.
Drumore Township will move $235,000 from its general fund to the liquid fuel fund this week.
The transfer was demanded by state officials, who claim the township misused money more than a dozen years ago.
The township will keep the money, but will have to use it for road work rather than other expenses.
They had to decide months before the National Weather Service or the Old Farmer's Almanac came out with their predictions for the winter of 2014-15.
Even before they finished plowing near-record snowfalls late last winter, roadmasters across the Southern End were being asked to order salt for the following year.
There is no good way to make that decision, said William Lamparter, supervisor for Quarryville's public works department.
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.
As the thermometer reached new record low temperatures last week, some Southern End residents were planning picnics, reunions, and ball tournaments.
Three townships and Quarryville Borough have been taking reservations for their municipal parks since January 1.
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.