He expects to hear requests for a lot of electronics.
But Santa also anticipates girls and boys asking for more traditional toys.
"The boys will still be asking for toy trucks and toy fire engines," Santa said in an interview last week. "And I know girls still like Barbie dolls."
In the years he's been stopping at the Quarryville fire station, he can only recall one request he could not fill.
He's been in the business for 56 years.
Now Elmer Wade says it's time to retire.
"I haven't been full time for years, but it's time," he said last week.
Later this month, the Wade family will sell their Ford dealership in Quarryville, ending a run that began when Elmer Wade became a partner with the dealership's previous owner, Marshall Stoner, in 1964.
Five Southern End nonprofit organizations are among the groups that will participate in the Lancaster Community Foundation's Extraordinary Give program November 16.
The Solanco Education Foundation, New Hope Community Life Ministries, the Quarryville Library, and the Southern End Community Association have taken part for a number of years. This year, Neighborhood Ministries will join the effort.
Several hundred children and their parents turned out for the Quarryville's Halloween Parade on Saturday evening, October 20. The parade began at Quarryville Elementary School and ended at the fire station, where members of Memorial United Methodist Church held a Trunk or Treat activity.
With a year's experience under their belts, organizers have added a partner and made some changes for Quarryville's annual Halloween parade.
"We've added trunk or treat this year," said organizer Lori Singles.
Trunk or treat will be held at the Quarryville fire station following the parade. It will be hosted by members of Memorial United Methodist Church.
It's not a decision she wanted to make, but her health no longer allows Erma Work to spend hours at the shop she's owned for decades. That's why she decided late last month to close Erma's Flowers and Antiques, a longtime store on Quarryville's E. State St.
"I had fallen in the beginning of May and had a concussion," Work said. "My doctor told me I couldn't work as much. … I knew that we couldn't go through the holidays with me not working full time and my daughter doing it all. So I had to make the call. My neurologist said I had to take care of myself and the only way I knew to do that was quitting."
Kathy Barnett, left, and her mother, Erma Work, have closed Erma’s Flowers in Quarryville. Work has been creating flower arrangements since 1974.
Edna Miller can't afford to get the flu.
That's why she's already signed up to get a preventative shot later this month.
"One year I didn't get it and I almost died from it," Miller said last week. "Now I get it every year. I think flu shots do help."
Ruth Sensenig agreed.
Solanco will see far fewer kindergarten students this year, district officials said last week.
A typical kindergarten class ranges from 240 to 260 students. Unless more children show up in the next three weeks, this year's class will have 191 students.
The decline was not anticipated
"We’re not out there to make people mad. We're not out there to just order people around. We're not trying to disrupt people's lives for no reason."
That's how Quarryville Fire Police Officer Ronald Swayne describes his volunteer duties directing traffic around emergency scenes.
Elementary school art is more than finger painting and using white glue to assemble paper cutouts.
This past school year, it's gone high tech.
Carrie Woody's students at Quarryville and Providence elementary schools have been using a pair of iPads to help them incorporate technology in their art projects.
Expanding and renovating Clermont Elementary School and Swift Middle School will cost less than Solanco School District officials estimated.
The work in the two schools will cost $16.5 million, well under the estimate of $17.3 million the district's architect anticipated.
"We were very pleased that we had the number of offers we did. It was a nice selection," said Solanco School District business manager Sandy Tucker.
Each year, the challenge is different.
In 2016, a pastor agreed to either run or walk from Zion United Church of Christ, 900 Winter Hill Rd., to Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church on May Post Office Rd. Last year, one pastor had to sing the other pastor's favorite hymn during a hymn sing in September.
Three members of the Lancaster County Cruisers brought their cars to a photo shoot at Quarryville's Memorial Park on Wednesday morning, June 20.
While he had the youngest car there, Wayne Murray has the longest history with his ride.
"My father bought it new in 1963," he said of the Chevelle. "I was taught to drive in this car and passed my test in it. My dad gave it to me in 1987."
In May, Encounter Church members got a glimpse of Solid Rock's programs and the ministry's goals.
That led member Mary Mendenhall to propose a fundraiser she had been considering.
"I had it in my heart to do a 5K, but I didn't know what for," she said last week. The program at Encounter Church led the 2012 Solanco High School graduate to propose the run as a fundraiser for Solid Rock.
Wesley Church is not taking over Colerain Baptist Church.
Nor are the two congregations merging.
Rather, members of both churches are calling their new relationship a partnership.
An open house later this week will give community members a chance to tour Quarryville Fire Company's expanded station.
"We want to show the community what's been done," said fire company president James Herr.
The open house is the first the volunteers have held since they housed their ladder truck in 2003, he said.
by Bud Hart
When Phil and Kristen Rutt left Quarryville to become the new owners of the Buffalo, Wyoming, Triple Three Outfitters, six volunteer firemen began plans to visit the Rutts to harvest a Wyoming wild turkey, introduced into the state in 1935. “We started discussing the possibility of this trip more than a year and a half ago,” said Scott Kreider.
Dreary weather didn't chase Quarryville's annual Memorial Day ceremony indoors.
"We decided we could endure this for an hour. The people we're here to honor endured a lot worse," said Ron Fichtner.
A local volunteer fire company and a car club will host shows on two successive weekends.
The Robert Fulton Fire Company will hold its sixth annual show on Saturday, May 26, and the Moonlite Cruisers will host its show on June 2.
The firefighters' show will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the fire hall, 2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222), Wakefield.
An Army veteran who grew up in Quarryville and a sixth grader will be the featured speakers at the community's annual Memorial Day commemoration.
Smith Middle School student Raif Groves will be giving his second speech at the annual event. In 2017, he delivered a speech that had earned him a prize at the Cocalico speech competition.
On April 22, Hannah Wheeler ran her third full marathon.
She covered the 26.2 miles while battling the effects of Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome, a disease that is the juvenile equivalent of fibromylagia.
"This past marathon was really hard," she said. "I have never been in that much pain. … My body wasn't accepting the heat. I was going to go to the halfway point and then stop but the Lord was with me and I finished," Wheeler said.
There won't be a lot of changes at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club, the new owners said last week.
Bonnie and Jeff Minnich became the club's owners last month, buying it from Mrs. Minnich's brother, Dwight Wagner.
"We plan to continue the legacy of the people who helped create the course and run it," Jeff Minnich said. "The public won't see too big a change."
"I didn't want to go through my senior year and realize I missed an opportunity."
That's why Marissa Witmer decided to compete in the Miss Solanco Scholarship Pageant in November, 2016.
Earlier this year, she earned another title - Miss Lancaster County. In June, she will be one of several Solanco residents to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant.
Four people were hurt when three SUVs collided at the intersection of Street Rd. and Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472) Monday afternoon, April 30. One of the injured was a small child.
Four local authors will participate in the Quarryville Library's authors' night on Tuesday, May 1.
"It all started with Stan [White] and Mike [Roth]," said library director Sylvia Drennen of the local authors who have written three books about the history of the Southern End.