Later this month, Eden Township's supervisors are expected to officially abandon the municipality's section of Miller Rd.
Three weeks ago they graced living rooms across the Southern End.
Decked out with tinsel and ornaments, lit from top to bottom, evergreens sheltered presents waiting for Christmas day.
Last Friday, 159 of them returned to nature, stripped of decoration and chipped into mulch, waiting to be spread along Eden Township's section of the Low Grade Rail Trail.
Crews from Quarryville Borough and Eden Township took just over an hour to grind the trees up and truck the chips to the trail parking lot along Bushong Rd.
They will be back early in February to recycle the trees that are now piling up in the parking lot of the SECA Pool on Memorial Drive.
When the new school year begins next month, the Amish community will have two new schools.
Those schools are under construction in Providence and Little Britain townships. A third is under consideration in Eden Township.
Quarryville Borough is asking four neighboring townships to help pay for the local fire company's workman's compensation insurance.
"We've been talking about this for several years," borough manager Ken Work said last week. "We want the surrounding townships to pay their share."
The borough has been paying the entire cost of the insurance, just over $21,000 for the coming year.
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.
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.
One of Eden's pieces of snowfighting equipment sat in the township shed for nearly three years, waiting for a winter tough enough to justify its use.
This is that winter.
"We had it for three years before we needed it. This year, we've used it for 50 or 60 hours," roadmaster Mark Rudy said of the eight-foot-wide snowblower.
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.
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."
Hearings to determine the fate of a stone arch bridge in Eden Township will begin later this year.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled evidentiary hearings before an administrative law judge, PUC spokesperson Jennifer Kocher said earlier this month. The hearings are set to begin December 18 in Harrisburg.