There will be lots of tools at the fourth annual nuts 'n bolts sale later this month.
At least two people are donating items to the sale, hosted by the missions' committee of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's sale.
"A lady called and said she has her father's garage to clean out and she wants to donate all of it to the church," said organizer Dan Henry. "Some of those tools are more than 100 years old."
Two students assaulted several teachers who were trying to break up a fight at Providence Elementary School at 3:47 p.m. on December 19, Trooper Joseph Chupick reported.
The students were a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, the trooper said.
The teachers were injured in the incident, the trooper said.
District officials would not say how the students would be punished for the fight.
You don't get over it.
You can't get past it.
But with help you can cope with the death of a child.
"It's a hard thing to go through," Daniel Steinman said.
First responders work in often dangerous and miserable conditions to provide services the community needs.
"These people sacrifice their time and they never get thanks," said Chris Unger.
That's why Unger and other members of St. Paul's Church put together their first appreciation dinner last year.
Volunteers helping the Robert Fulton Fire Company's Auxiliary celebrate New Year's Day probably set a new record with their annual pork and sauerkraut dinner.
On January 1, 2019, fire company and auxiliary members assisted by members of neighboring fire companies and community volunteers, served 1,510 meals, said auxiliary president Pat Eller.
That's up from the 2018 number of 1,495 eat-in and takeout meals.
"The food was good and there were no problems," Eller said.
One tradition will celebrate its 19th year on January 1.
That's when the Ladies Auxiliary of the Robert Fulton Fire Company host their annual New Year's pork and sauerkraut dinner.
Three members of the Solanco High School FFA Chapter will earn the organization's highest state degree next month.
Seniors Kelly Foose, Lexi Findley, and Carlos Shillenn will receive their Keystone degrees at FFA activities during the annual state farm show. The chapter and the experiences that go with it are a tradition in her family, Findley said.
It works with adults and kids.
That's one of the attractions of Carolyn Martin's math game.
The other is it gives students who are having trouble with math a way to learn the basics without memorizing tables.
The truckload of wreaths was late.
The rain wouldn't quit.
But that didn't stop more than 100 volunteers who turned out Saturday, December 15, to place Christmas wreaths on the veterans' graves at the Quarryville Cemetery.
An older woman was the inspiration for Mike Thompson's decision to serve a free community Christmas meal.
"I was talking to an elderly lady from church and asked her what she was doing for Thanksgiving and for Christmas and she told me 'nothing'," Thompson recalled. "Her family was too busy, she said."
That's when he realized there should be some place for people to go for Christmas dinner.
Mrytle Morrison liked the car she saw at Wiggins Chevrolet.
She wanted several options before she took the 1953 Bel Air four door home and had turn signals, backing lights, and a heater installed.
Even then, she wouldn't take the car unless the dealer on Quarryville's East State St. changed the color.
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.
The Solanco School Board has approved the hiring of Scott Long as principal at Solanco High School. Long has served as high school assistant principal since 2015. Long will succeed principal Stephanie Lininger who is retiring following a 35-year career at Solanco High School, including the last three years as principal.
The Solanco School District and the Quarryville Police Department have added a second school resource officer.
Kirk Wolfe joined the police department in March and became a school resource officer this fall. He joins Patrolman Chris Dilworth, who had been the district's sole school resources officer since January, 2017.
The Smith Singers put on their annual holiday concert for members of the Next Gen Senior Center on Thursday morning, December 13. Musical groups from both Solanco middle schools perform at the senior center and retirement communities during the Christmas season.
He expects to hear requests for a lot of electronics.
But Santa also anticipates girls and boys asking for more traditional toys.
"The boys will still be asking for toy trucks and toy fire engines," Santa said in an interview last week. "And I know girls still like Barbie dolls."
In the years he's been stopping at the Quarryville fire station, he can only recall one request he could not fill.
by Bud Hart
The Solanco boys’ basketball team struggled last season, winning only one section game and four overall, but head coach Scott Long is optimistic that this season will put more Ws in the column.
“We want to play fast at all times and pressure teams defensively,” said the coach, who enters the 2018-19 season with a career record of 26 and 40.
He's been in the business for 56 years.
Now Elmer Wade says it's time to retire.
"I haven't been full time for years, but it's time," he said last week.
Later this month, the Wade family will sell their Ford dealership in Quarryville, ending a run that began when Elmer Wade became a partner with the dealership's previous owner, Marshall Stoner, in 1964.
Noelle Schneider was crowned Miss Solanco 2019 at the end of the annual scholarship pageant on Saturday night, November 24.
Schneider is the daughter of Joel and Christine Schneider of Quarryville.
Her platform was about Catilin’s Smiles, a program that brings smiles to hospitalized children.
Schneider was sponsored by the Quarryville Lions Club and Farm Women # 15.
The Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas tree lighting on Friday evening, December 7.
The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will include an ornament decorating station, free candy canes, hot chocolate, cider, and coffee.
The Solanco High School Chorale and Brass Ensemble, the Smith Middle School Singers, and the Lampeter-Strasburg Madrigals will perform during the evening.
Five Southern End nonprofit organizations are among the groups that will participate in the Lancaster Community Foundation's Extraordinary Give program November 16.
The Solanco Education Foundation, New Hope Community Life Ministries, the Quarryville Library, and the Southern End Community Association have taken part for a number of years. This year, Neighborhood Ministries will join the effort.
Volunteers from Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church will begin their 10th year collecting shoeboxes full of gifts for Operation Christmas Child.
"We have been a drop-off site for the Southern End and portions of Chester County since 2009," organizer Dan Henry said.
Congregations from other local churches, including Wesley Church, Wrightsdale Baptist Church, and Little Britain Presbyterian Church, brought their filled shoeboxes to Middle Octorara.
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."
Several hundred children and their parents turned out for the Quarryville's Halloween Parade on Saturday evening, October 20. The parade began at Quarryville Elementary School and ended at the fire station, where members of Memorial United Methodist Church held a Trunk or Treat activity.
With a year's experience under their belts, organizers have added a partner and made some changes for Quarryville's annual Halloween parade.
"We've added trunk or treat this year," said organizer Lori Singles.
Trunk or treat will be held at the Quarryville fire station following the parade. It will be hosted by members of Memorial United Methodist Church.