New poles topped by old lights were supposed to be in place on Memorial Park's lower field before softball season got underway.
It didn't happen.
PPL was going to erect new ones at no charge.
That's not going to happen, either.
About two dozen people attended the Veterans Day commemoration in Quarryville's Memorial Park on Saturday morning, November 8.
The ceremony was the first in recent memory to be held in the borough.
Although the pillars flanking the entrance to Quarryville's Memorial Park have been restored, members of a local club think there is more work to be done.
The pillars were rebuilt a year ago and rededicated last November. Those pillars carry the names of men who were killed in World War I and World War II.
The restoration work began in the fall of 2012.
Quarryville's Memorial Park was closed for two days last week after inspections revealed light poles on a pair of ball fields were in danger of falling down.
Borough employees posted no-trespassing signs, put up barricades, and ran about 4,000 feet of caution tape around the park's perimeter.
The inspection on Wednesday, June 11, showed one pole on the upper field was weak; one on the lower field was leaning; and a second lower field pole was rotten at the base.
"We thought they would pass but we didn't know what the inspector would find," borough manager Ken Work said.
Quarryville needs new lights for the two ball fields at Memorial Park.
But the borough doesn't have the money to buy them.
The immediate issue is the safety of the 70-foot-tall poles that support the lights. Some of the poles have plates on them dating their installation to 1948. Others are more recent.
Buying one new pole cost $8,000 several years ago. That's when the borough purchased a replacement for a pole that fell over.
"We were able to piggyback the shipping with other poles," borough manager Ken Work said. "Otherwise, the shipping would have been at least that much again, because poles that size don't come from Pennsylvania."
Now the borough will be hiring a firm to determine the condition of the poles on each field.
As borough officials suspected, the restored planter at Quarryville's Memorial Park was damaged by a large wheel and tire from a piece of farm equipment.
The wheel wasn't attached to the equipment, however.
That, borough manager Ken Work said last week, was the problem.
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.
About 100 people turned out Saturday afternoon, November 9, for the rededication of the monuments that flank the entrance to Quarryville’s Memorial Drive.
The Quarryville Lions Club has spearheaded the project, which saw both monuments and the adjacent patios rebuilt during the past year.
The project also included memorial benches donated by community members and organizations and a new planting area linking the benches with the monuments.
The monuments, dedicated in 1947, were in worse shape than originally thought, Joanne Black told the audience.
Black began organizing the event when she was serving as the Lions Club president last year. She continued to coordinate the effort after stepping down from her one-year term in office.
Black, above, praised the community for its involvement in the project.
Korean War veteran Merle Aukamp, right, salutes as the pillars were rededicated.
Veterans, their families, and other community members gathered for the ceremony, below, and Rep. Bryan Cutler, below right, gave the address.
The pillars have been repaired and repointed.
The patios now have foundations, most of the new benches are in place, and the plantings have been mulched.
When the work began last year, organizers expected repairs to the granite pillars at Quarryville's Memorial Park would cost about $6,000.
That estimate was low.
"We're close to $25,000 now," said Joanne Black, chair of the Quarryville Lions Club committee that's overseeing the work.
The two granite pillars and the patios around them were in much worse condition than originally thought.