Should there be fluoride in water? Quarryville authority to decide if decades-long program will continue
Later this month, members of the Quarryville Borough Authority will vote to either continue adding fluoride to the water system or discontinue the practice. "We're in the initial stages of removing the fluoride treatment from the system," said authority chairman John Chase. "[Borough] council has indicated they're opposed to it and, on and off over the years, the borough has investigated getting rid of the treatment."
A longtime Quarryville employee has been chosen to be the borough's next manager.
Scott Peiffer was appointed to the post by unanimous vote during the borough's public council meeting on Monday night, June 3.
Two incumbents lost their bids for reelection in the Tuesday, May 21, primary election, according to unofficial results posted by the county board of elections.
Eden Supervisor Randon J. Kylar lost his bid for the Republican nomination to challenger Lawrence M. Stoltzfus. Stoltzfus received 119 votes to Klar's 58.
Decisions by zoning hearing boards in neighboring municipalities will allow establishment of a new cemetery and permit an owner to keep a driving horse on a residentially-zoned property.
On Tuesday, April 9, Providence Township's zoning hearing board voted to permit Elam J. Esch to establish a cemetery at 111 Pennsy Rd.
On Monday, March 25, Quarryville Borough's board agreed to allow a driving horse on a residential property on W. State St.
Both votes were unanimous.
Last year, Quarryville Fire Company's special division expanded their spring vendor and craft shows to two buildings at the Solanco Fairgrounds.
This year, the volunteers will also be using two buildings but replaced the Hoffman Building with one of the fair association's larger structures.
"We're going to be using the Kreider Building and Building #7," volunteer Meghan Cross said. "We have outgrown the Hoffman Building."
Members of Quarryville Fire Company's special division will be holding their first Easter flower sale on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20.
Earlier this month, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community announced that Great Rock Home Care is now available to Quarryville residents and people living in the surrounding areas.
A zoning hearing later this month will determine whether a horse may be kept on a residential property in Quarryville Borough.
Charlotte Costa, who owns 343 W. State St., wants a variance to allow a travel horse to be kept on the 1.8 acre property. A portion of the property is also in neighboring East Drumore Township. The property is zoned R-1 residential.
In her application for a variance, Costa says the property is being sold to a member of the Old Order Amish faith. She also says she has checked with neighbors and none oppose the idea.
"This is a new one for the borough," zoning officer Mark Deimler said last week. Quarryville's zoning ordinance allows horses to be kept in commercial and industrial districts. That is being done on the King farm on N. Lime St., which is in the industrial district.
It is, borough officials say, one of the most dangerous intersections in Quarryville.
There are several problems with the intersection of Lime St. and E. State St., borough manager and former police chief Ken Work said last week. One is the shear volume of traffic using the intersection.
Quarryville Elementary School students and teachers stretched Read Across America Day into a full week of activities.
Each day last week had a theme from the books of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Two people were hurt when an SUV and a compact car collided at the intersection of S. Lime St. and E. State St., Quarryville, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 27.
Quarryville firefighters used a Hurst rescue tool to free the driver of the white Honda.
Two medic transport units were called to the scene. The intersection was closed as firefighters and emergency medical personnel worked the scene.
When he was growing up, Jay C. Groff Jr. wanted to get out of Quarryville.
Groff, who was raised on S. Hess St., left the community after graduating from Quarryville High School in 1940 and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Cash found in TownsEdge Shopping Village last November has been turned over to the person who discovered it.
"We gave it back to the finder," Quarryville Police Chief Clark Bearinger said last week of the $600 discovered on November 17.
Quarryville police are waiting for a ruling from the state treasurer's office to determine what will become of cash found and turned in late last year.
"If it was identifiable property like a Rolex watch, it would go to the state and be listed in their unclaimed property. But I'm not sure what they will say about cash," Quarryville Police Chief Clark Bearinger said last week.
The cash was found in the area of the TownsEdge Shopping Village on November 19 and turned over to police.
Police wanted to return the money promptly.
That hasn't been possible.
Landlords and tenants in Quarryville are subject to new regulations. At their Monday night, January 7, public meeting, members of Quarryville's borough council approved additions to the community's property maintenance code. The amendment makes it easier for the borough to use the code for rental properties.
"The maintenance code does not lend itself well to rental property," said borough manager Ken Work, "and some of those properties are not as well taken care of as owner-occupied homes."
The amendment went into effect immediately.
As Lancaster County's wettest year on record drew to a close, the Quarryville Borough Authority was stepping up its search for more water.
The authority, which took over Quarryville's water system in 2017, began searching for another well site early last year. Until 2017, the authority had just operated the region's sewage treatment system and the borough operated the water system.
"It was our agenda to seek a secondary water source," authority chairman John Chase said. To do that, the authority has begun prospecting for another well site. The new well, when brought on line, will supplement the authority's existing well on N. Church St.
Rebuilding one of Second Street's three blocks will be Quarryville Borough's major project in 2019.
"We will reconstruct the street and install new curbing," Borough Manager Ken Work said last week. Once the work is done, property owners will have to install new sidewalks.
A few members of each congregation knows which one collected the most food for the Solanco Food Bank.
They won't say if the members of Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church or the congregation of Zion United Church of Christ provided the most food during the annual competition between the two churches.
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.
Access has become an issue for aging members of local church congregations.
"We had to go outside when we wanted to go up [to the sanctuary] or down [to the social hall]," said Merle Farmer, a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. "That's a problem for people using walkers or in wheelchairs, especially in bad weather."
One option would have been to install an elevator in the Martic Township church.
"We considered that but the cost was just too high," Farmer said recently.
Then the congregation discovered there was another, less expensive, option.
There's no place like home.
Even when it's much smaller than the original.
The house, a replica of his home place in York County, was built by the late Ernest Fauth in 1983. The Quarryville resident built it as a favor for his daughter, Wilma Fauth Jones.
The new engine bays being built on the south end of Quarryville's fire station should be ready for use by May.
"It could be as early as April if the weather holds," said Ron Swayne, chairman of the fire company's building committee.
"We're three-quarters of the way done, due in large part to the weather," he said last week.
The work got off to a late start. The volunteers expected to begin construction early last summer, but delays in finalizing a mortgage with BB&T Bank put the work on hold until October 31, 2016.
That meant the start date actually came two weeks after the original completion date.
It's been nearly two years since banners honoring veterans for their service were hung along Quarryville's streets.
Those banners will be coming down this summer, to be replaced by a new set, organizer Scott Peiffer said last week.
"It will be two years in July [since the first set was hung]," he said. "We're starting now to give ourselves four to five months lead time."
There are 130 banners along borough streets and in the parking lot of TownsEdge Shopping Village. There are banners honoring World War I veterans through those who served in the ongoing War on Terrorism.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library plan to hold their next three-day book sale in October.
Those plans are very tentative, said the group's president, Carol Biscardi.
The quarterly three-day sales may become a thing of the past before fall, she said.
That doesn't mean the group will stop holding sales. They will hold more frequent smaller sales rather than scheduling them every three months, Biscardi said.
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.