They don't shoot hams. Or turkeys.
But the title of Quarryville Fire Company's semi-annual fundraiser does confuse some people.
"We call the fall one a turkey shoot and the spring one a ham shoot because we give away turkeys and hams. We don't actually shoot turkeys and hams," fire company president Jim Herr said.
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.
Real estate experts say three factors govern a property's value - location, location, location.
It's also important for firefighters, as is timing.
They came together on Tuesday night, January 21, when a piece of construction equipment set itself on fire inside a building in Quarryville.
An accidental fire heavily damaged a cabin at Yogi Bear Campground, Blackburn Rd., East Drumore Township, on Saturday night, December 7.
The fire was reported shortly after 7 p.m.
Hundreds of children turned out Saturday evening, October 19, for the annual Quarryville Halloween Parade.
Quarryville's newest piece of fire apparatus is quieter, safer, and easier to operate than the engine it replaces.
"It has an automatic transmission, rollover prevention, and even has air bags," Fire Chief Joel Neff said last week.
Quarryville firefighters held a boot drive at the intersection of State St. and 4th St. on Friday and collected $7,857 from generous motorists.
Quarryville firefighters held their annual chicken and rib barbecue at TownsEdge Shopping Village last Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the firefighters sold about half of the 2,600 meals that were prepared.
A former resident of 10 Laura Ct., East Drumore Township, has been charged with burning the mobile home down, state police said.
Edwin Michael Schabach-Rivera, 33, of 7 Laura Ct. was arrested at the scene of the fire and charged with four felony counts and several misdemeanors. The charges ranged from arson and resisting arrest to vandalism.
Trooper Timothy Pray, a state police fire marshal, charged Schabach-Rivera.
Family and personal relationships bring most volunteers into local fire companies.
Keeping them there and turning them into active firefighters and rescue personnel takes time and dedication. About half of them stay through the years-long process.
Southern End fire companies are working together to make the lengthy training process easier for new recruits.
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.
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.
For three years, crafters and vendors concentrated on jewelry, clothing, and items for the home.
This year, organizers of Quarryville Fire Company's annual spring vendor and craft show are trying to attract more customers.
"We wanted to add more outdoors and sportsman-type stuff," said special division vice president Danielle Worrell. One of this year's new vendors is the national sporting goods chain Cabela's.