Dozens of volunteer firefighters responded to a reported house fire on Hopkins Mill Rd. just off Truce Rd., Providence Township, shortly before noon on Tuesday, March 19.
Originally dispatched as a woods fire, it was quickly upgraded to a house fire. Arriving firefighters found the building engulfed in flames; neighbors said the building had been being demolished for several days.
Fire police officers who had been directing traffic several miles away said smoke had been coming from the area all morning long.
Volunteers and equipment from Rawlinsivlle were being assisted by firefighters and apparatus from Willow Street, West Willow, New Danville, Refton, Strasburg, Quarryville, and Strasburg.
It has been a good career.
That's one reason Laurin Hinkle probably won't retire on June 1.
Hinkle, one of three rural mail carriers working from the Peach Bottom Post Office, said he chose that date because it is his birthday.
"I'm 66 and I have a horse farm to take care of, but it will be some time after June 1 before I retire," he said last week.
Alexander McDonald, 19, of Kirkwood, was charged with driving under the influence at 3:32 a.m. on March 16, Trooper Anthony Urban reported.
According to the trooper, a resident of Refton Rd., Strasburg Township, called police to report a suspicious vehicle in his driveway. Police found McDonald asleep behind the wheel and under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances, Trooper Urban said.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
A proposed change to Colerain Township's zoning ordinance would prohibit the construction of tiny houses in campgrounds.
"Campgrounds are not intended for permanent residences," said Walter Todd Jr., chairman of the township's board of supervisors. "A tiny house is a permanent structure."
The issue came up because there is a tiny house in a campground in Colerain, Todd said. When supervisors checked, they determined the zoning ordinance does not address the issue.
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 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 annual Bart Township Fire Company sale got off to a slow start on Saturday, March 2. Slick roads left by Friday night’s snow and ice storm meant bidders and spectators did not start showing up until mid-morning.
By 11 a.m., the firefighters had issued just over 1,600 bidding cards for the ongoing auctions. In a good year, that number would have been greater than 2,200.
Above, men examine a carriage before that sale started at noon; right, a woman and a child share a container of french fries.
On Thursday morning, February 28, it took auctioneer Randy Ranck about an hour to sell 20 some loads of hay.
That's about typical, said a member of the Robert Fulton Fire Company's sale committee.
"Hay and straw are scarce because of the wet growing season, so we only had 20 loads," said a member of the fire company's sale committee. "This time of the year, we sometimes get as many as 40 loads."
A 66-year-old man was struck by a vehicle and killed shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, Quarryville police reported.
David Hess of Quarryville was walking across W. 4th St. from the Turkey Hill Market to the parking lot of Good's Store when he was hit, Police Chief Clark Bearinger said.
Hess was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was struck by a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old woman from Little Britain Township who was driving west on 4th St. and approaching the traffic signal at W. State St. Police did not identify the woman whose vehicle hit Hess.
The street was closed for more than four hours while the collision was investigated by the county accident reconstruction team. The collision remains under investigation, the police chief said. No charges have been filed.
Police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Strickler's Barber Shop was only closed for a couple weeks, but customers lined up waiting for it to reopen following a renovation.
Neighbors Eric Lefever and Jake Bachman braved 25-degree weather Tuesday, February 19, to stand outside the front door while anticipating the arrival of proprietor Dustin Giffing.
If they want to move ahead, members of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church must look back.
That's the message interim pastor the Rev. Dan Perrin has been bringing to the Quarryville congregation.
A lot depends on the weather. A cold, rainy day means fewer people turn out. A warm, clear day will bring bigger crowds, as will a cold clear day.
Organizers for the annual Bart Township Fire Company sales don't want to talk about snow.
The all-volunteer fire company holds two sales in March. The first, set for Saturday, March 2, will focus on items ranging from carriages and farm equipment to sporting goods. The second sale, to be held Saturday, March 15, will include building supplies, lumber, and cabinets. Crafts will be sold on both days.
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.
The leads in Solanco High School's spring musical knew the story line long before music teacher Erin Brubaker chose Shrek as this year's show. "They know Shrek from their childhoods," she said.
Shrek the Musical, first staged in 2008, ran for more than a year on Broadway. Based on the 2001 Dreamworks film Shrek, the play follows an ogre, his companion donkey, and a princess rescued from a tower.
On Wednesday morning, February 11, Mary Keener put out books for devotional services at Fairmount Homes and then helped set up for the Bingo games that would follow the services.
"I like to keep moving," she said.
That's what she has been doing all her life.
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.
Parachute Play provides a perfect place for preschoolers to participate in a pleasurable pastime.
Parachute Play is a regularly scheduled, year round activity hosted by the Quarryville Library.
It is held every other Thursday during the school year and on Fridays in the summer when school-age kids can take part, library assistant Janee Anastasio said.
State police are looking for the person who debited a business's bank account for more than $14,000, Trooper Nolen McElwee reported.
There were three unauthorized debits to E.H. Beiler Sawmill's account between January 22 and 28, the trooper said.
The business is in the 900 block of Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272).
Police also reported the following incidents:
At 6:45 every Wednesday evening, members of a specialized choir meet in a room behind the sanctuary of Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church to practice.
Recently, they uncased their instruments, lined up behind a row of music stands, and rehearsed the numbers they will be playing later this month.
New lighting is bringing a change to the annual Go-Fore Golf fundraiser at the Quarryville Library.
The 10th annual fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, February 23, will be the first without a glow-in-the dark round of golf.
The after-dark round was dropped because the black light bulbs cannot be used in the library's new LED fixtures.
"We tried it last year with glo-sticks and that didn't work real well," said Randi Kennedy, the library's youth services coordinator.
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.
Robert Fulton Fire Company volunteers went to neighboring Oxford on Saturday, February 2, and brought home a new engine.
New, that is, to them.
The local volunteers bought the 1993 Pierce Lance pumper from Oxford's Union Fire Company. It will replace two of Fulton's current engines, a 1991 and a 1995.
The company is making the change for several reasons, Fire Chief Phil Smith said.
In January, the federal supplemental food assistance program SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, made a double payment.
Meant to offset the effects of the partial federal government shutdown, the second payment came nearly a month early for families who receive the benefit.
That has meant some families will go six weeks or longer without new support.
Nationwide, that has put an additional burden on food banks. So far, that effect has not reached the Solanco Food Bank.