The Southern End Community Association has a new director.
Rick Kerns took over as SECA's leader on Monday, April 1. He succeeds Nicole Luecker. She had been SECA's director since 2014; her last day at the nonprofit was March 1.
The job will allow him to fulfill a lifelong ambition, Kerns said last week.
Making friends is tough.
It's especially hard, and important, for girls who are in the upper elementary grades, soon to move on to middle school.
Renee Rogers realized that when her daughter, Myah, had trouble learning how to make new friends. It became obvious when Rogers saw that Myah's twin brother had no trouble at all.
Rogers realized other girls may also have problems making new friends. That's when she decided to reach out to girls in fourth and fifth grades to bring them together and, hopefully, make new friends.
Two local nonprofit organizations are looking for new directors.
The Southern End Community Association is searching for someone to replace Nicole Luecker. She has been SECA's executive director since June, 2014. Her last day at SECA was Friday, March 1.
Leucker intends to take some time off before her next job. "I'm going to take a break for a little bit," she said. "I need time to reassess and reengage," she said.
The Southern End Community Association, Park Ave., Quarryville, has scheduled the following activities:
School's out with SECA
When school is out for selected holidays and in-service days, SECA will provide programs for children ages five through 13 all day. There will be supervised activities, including games, arts and crafts, and play. Children should bring bagged lunches; an afternoon snack will be provided. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The days will be Monday, January 21, Friday, March 8, Thursday, April 18, and Friday, May 10. Registrations should be made a week prior to each date.
This year, volunteers will be holding the annual Southern End Community Association auction on one night, Saturday, November 10, instead of over two days.
In previous years, the auction started on a Friday night and resumed on Saturday.
"We decided to change the format," volunteer Carol Gibson said. "It will feel different this year, having everything on one night, and we hope the community supports it. … And we changed the date from November 9 in case Solanco's football team has a playoff game."
The need is here.
That's why a pair of local agencies are hosting two adult education classes in Quarryville this spring.
Solanco Neighborhood Ministries and the Southern End Community Association are working with Intermediate Unit-13 and the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council to offer GED and English as a second language classes. The classes will begin in April and run through June.
Two girls from New Providence are building their own bicycles.
Both Rachel Armstrong, 11, and Kayla Brown, 12, are rebuilding bikes through a program run by The Common Wheel, a community bike center in Lancaster.
The goal is simple.
"We want them to be able to swim a short distance by themselves, to trust the water, and not to panic," said instructor Skyla Townsley.
Three weeks ago they graced living rooms across the Southern End.
Decked out with tinsel and ornaments, lit from top to bottom, evergreens sheltered presents waiting for Christmas day.
Last Friday, 159 of them returned to nature, stripped of decoration and chipped into mulch, waiting to be spread along Eden Township's section of the Low Grade Rail Trail.
Crews from Quarryville Borough and Eden Township took just over an hour to grind the trees up and truck the chips to the trail parking lot along Bushong Rd.
They will be back early in February to recycle the trees that are now piling up in the parking lot of the SECA Pool on Memorial Drive.
by Hannah Pollock
Santa will be making a stop in Quarryville before Christmas Eve.
He will be visiting the Southern End Community Association, Park Ave., for his third annual Cookies with Santa event. He will visit from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 19.
Warmer weather late last week allowed volunteers to get SECA's pool ready to open Memorial Day weekend.
"It came just in time," said Steve Risk as he helped spot paint the inside of the pool on Friday evening, May 20.
The prizes are decorative.
"We're having filled Longabarger baskets as the prizes," said SECA Bingo organizer Tammy Rineer.
The funds raised during the October 19 event will also serve a decorative purpose, SECA director Nicole Luecker said.
"We're going to use the money to put down a new floor," she said. The SECA building, formerly the American Legion Post Home, needs flooring upstairs as well as in the entrance and hallway, she said.
SECA celebrated the end of summer on Saturday by inviting dogs and owners for a swim in the pool in what has become an annual event.
Their pool won't open for another two months, but the Southern End Community Association is getting its swimming program underway.
SECA offers a seven-week program starting March 28 to help swimmers improve their skills.
The Southern End Community Association's new executive director should be hired before the summer season begins.
That's four months later than originally planned.
The Southern End Community Association will open 2014 with a series of morning programs.
This is the first time SECA has offered programs in the morning, board member Chuck Fisher said.
The programs range from yoga to Tabata Bootcamp, an eight-week program designed to help participants lose weight and build muscle.
Maxwell is ready for his next big trip.
Over the past 13 years, he's gone to the Outer Banks, Illinois, South Bethany, Delaware, Mississippi, a Red Hat Society tea, a sectional tournament with Solanco's golf team, and even to Potter County on a bear hunt. Every November, he comes back to Quarryville where he'll join another Southern End family for another year of adventure and travel.
"He'll go with the highest bidder," Carol Gibson said last week.