An accidental fire heavily damaged a house in Quarryville and killed the family dog.
The fire broke out sometime before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, at 127 Wheatfield Ct. in the Meadowview development.
"We had numerous calls from neighbors and, when we responded from the station, we could see heavy smoke," said Quarryville Fire Company Deputy Chief Jamie Welk. That led firefighters to call for additional volunteers and equipment from neighboring companies.
The Low Grade Rail Trail traces the northern edge of Quarryville Borough, but walkers and bicycle riders have no easy way to get to the community.
That may change. The borough will host a public forum Thursday to talk about two possible connections between the trail and the town. The forum will also be asking for suggestions from residents and property owners, borough manager Scott Peiffer said earlier this month.
Scott Peiffer has never been a borough police officer.
But he's held most other appointed positions in Quarryville, starting at age 13 when he was cleaning toilets and emptying trash cans at Huffnagle Park.
On Thursday, January 2, he will take on another job when he becomes the borough's manager.
In Lancaster City, surveillance cameras cover most main streets.
"From working in the city, I know how valuable they can be to solve crimes and help investigate accidents," Quarryville Police Chief Clark Bearinger said last week.
Since Quarryville has no public surveillance cameras and no plans to install them, the police chief has come up with an alternative - create a database of privately-owned cameras whose owners will allow police to access them.
Shortly before 11 on a recent Wednesday morning, the Hometown Hero banner honoring World War II veteran Charles Temple came down off a pole on W. State St. Minutes later, a new banner, also honoring Temple, went up on the same pole.
While they were waiting for the first new signal pole to arrive, a truck damaged another pole at the intersection of Quarryville's S. Church St. and 4th St.
"We have had to have poles made to fit the base. Since they have to be custom-made, we've been told it will take six to eight months," Borough Manager Ken Work said last week.
The Quarryville Authority has renewed its search for an additional water source after two test wells came up dry.
The wells, both drilled on Solanco Fair Association property, did not produce enough water to justify their development, said authority chairman John Chase.
Jerome H. Rhoads Inc. is asking Quarryville's zoning hearing board to approve construction of a truck garage and a paved or stone storage area.
The request is for a portion of the 7.1 acres the company owns at 223 E. State St.
Work on Quarryville's most ambitious street project of the year began in mid-June and will continue through the end of July.
The work began on the block of 2nd St. between S. Hess St. and S. Church St. That includes new water and sewer lines, reclaiming the street, installing new curbs, and paving.
Quarryville officials will ask the borough's zoning hearing board for permission to put a programmable LED sign near the entrance to Memorial Park, Park Ave. and S. Lime St.
If approved and erected, the sign would display events scheduled for that park as well as for Huffnagle Park and other community programs. It would not be used for business advertising or to promote events that are not community-oriented.
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.
A man from Delaware has been charged with assaulting another man last month and a woman from Kirkwood has been charged with conspiring in the assault, Quarryville Borough Police said last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quarryville was around for 101 years before it became a borough. That came in 1892, when it was officially established, separating it from Eden Township.
Now the borough is preparing for a low-key celebration of its 125th anniversary as a separate municipality.
"We started thinking about this in February," borough manager Ken Work said last week. "We thought it would be a neat thing to hold a little commemoration."
The celebration will be held on Monday evening, December 4.