From the shale belt to Puddle Duck Creek, the reports were the same - the groundhog did not see his shadow on Sunday, February 2, and spring is just around the corner.
When they were looking for additional ways to raise money, board members for Quarryville's Next Gen Senior Center decided to cook and serve a dinner.
They even had the ideal date - Friday, February 14.
"We thought people would enjoy a Valentine's Day dinner," director Michelle Reeves said last week.
They tried a popup shop from Black Friday, 2019, to December 23.
"We've been getting a lot of feedback [after the Christmas season]," owner Audrey Stinson said. "People have been telling us the items reminded them of what had been at Erma's [a flower and home decor store that closed more than a year ago]."
The shop was successful enough that Stinson has decided to turn the Showroom on State St. into a year-round store.
Horseback riding lessons led two East Drumore residents to an avocation more commonly connected to the American west.
She and her husband used to walk a couple of miles around their farm every day.
That's one reason she has lived as long as she has, Pauline Scotten said on January 14, her 100th birthday.
She also credits her faith and her genes.
"My mother lived until she was 89 and my dad was 83 when he died," Mrs. Scotten said.
Fire heavily damaged a home on Green Ln., Little Britain Township, on Wednesday morning, January 29.
A neighbor saw smoke coming from the roof of the home at 50 Green Ln. called the alarm in shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Octoraro Orphie will make two weather predictions on Sunday morning, February 2.
The first will be the traditional prognostication. If Orphie sees his shadow, winter will last six more weeks. If not, spring is just around the corner.
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.
Senior citizens accustomed to finding free income tax help in Quarryville will have to look elsewhere for assistance this year.
The AARP Foundation's free tax preparation help program won't return to the Next Gen Senior Center, one former volunteer said.
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.
Unlike many Southern End streams, Fishing Creek supports a population of brown trout that reproduce naturally.
Work along the Fishing Creek watershed to improve the stream's quality and make it a better trout habitat has been ongoing for more than a decade. Later this month, nonprofit groups will review some of the work that's been done and opportunities to further improve the watershed.
He gave up driving the yellow convertible because he tired of paying insurance on it to maintain the car's antique registration.
Now Wade Peterson has decided to sell the Volkswagen parked in his driveway and the other classic Beetles, an early 70s VW bus, and a squareback he has accumulated over the past three decades.
The Quarryville Library and a grocery store are teaming up to show kids how to create healthy, balanced snacks.
Giant regional nutritionist Kilene Knitter is leading a monthly class for three different age groups.
You don't have to be an expert archer or avid hunter to participate in The Southern Lancaster County Farmers Sportsmen Association's Indoor Archery League.
"Anyone from novices to experienced archers are welcome," said Dave Wimer, who is beginning his fourth year as chairman of the league.
The Indoor Archery League began Monday, January 6 and runs for 12 consecutive weeks from 6-10 p.m. at Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren.
A 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were charged with harassment following a dispute at their home on River Rd., Drumore Township, at 4:43 p.m. on December 24, Trooper Aimee Yandrisevits reported.
Contractors are working to keep a portion of Dr. Richard Albright's Eden Township farm out of a tiny tributary of the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek.
The project, along a mile-long section of Bowery Run, started in late October and will run through the winter. Work in a stocked trout stream cannot begin earlier than June 15 and must be finished by March 1.
The project is being run by the Donegal Chapter of Trout Unlimited using funding obtained by the Chesapeake Bay Alliance.
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.
There were no injuries when an SUV and a compact car collided on Beaver Valley Pike (Rt. 222) north of Old Rd., Strasburg Township, at 3:16 p.m. on December 20, Trooper George Lockhart reported.
Organizers know they will have to work hard to beat the success of the 2019 Nuts 'n Bolts sale at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church.
"Last year we made as much as we ever made," organizer Dan Henry said of the event that drew 18 vendors.
The menu hasn't changed a lot since volunteers served their New Year's Day pork and sauerkraut dinner on January 1, 2001. That year, 571 meals were served; last year, the volunteers served 1,514 meals.
But members of the Robert Fulton Fire Company Auxiliary and the community face new challenges every year.
The 2019 Extraordinary Give raised more than $10 million for nonprofits throughout Lancaster County.
In the Southern End, it also worked to achieve a less well-known goal - increase visibility of nonprofits' and the work they do.
Thieves made off with two expensive pickups from Susquehanna Ford, W. 4th St., Quarryville, during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 15, borough police report.
One truck was a blue jean and metallic black 2020 F350 diesel crew cab. The other was a blue crew cab 2020 F150 Raptor, police said.
When Ashley Boos was a student at Quarryville Elementary in the 90s, her mother, Michelle Evans, operated the school's Holiday Shoppe.
Now it's Boos who runs the annual event which gives every student an opportunity to do their Christmas shopping.
By November 1, property owners still owed the Solanco School District nearly $3 million in taxes for the current fiscal year.
That's about average, district business manager Sandra Tucker said last week.
There were no injuries in a one-vehicle collision on Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472), Colerain Township, at 12:54 p.m. on December 9, Trooper Michael Artale reported.
According to the trooper, Elsie G. Estes, 20, of Oxford, was driving south when she tried to pass two vehicles. Her Toyota RAV4 hydroplaned on water between Farmdale Rd. and Sproul Rd.