Is it almost Spring?
Not all of President Donald Trump's administration has been named.
At least that's the assumption of members of the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge.
As lodge members prepare for their annual February 2 prognostication, they are also anticipating additional Washington-level appointments.
"We understand several of our members are being considered for the Trump administration," said Rick Rankin, Hibernating Governor of the lodge. "We understand some of those appointments will be made on Groundhog Day."
The lodge's members will also forecast the continuation of winter or the early arrival of spring on February 2. The prediction, made from the Pinnacle of Prognostication, has been correct for more than 100 years, Rankin said.
Now it's time for fishing and golf
Dr. Thomas Regan was going to follow his father and become an artist.
"I was a junior in high school and because of what dad did, I thought I would go into graphic arts and design," he said. "But I realized I didn't have a portfolio to get into a good school."
So he chose another route, one that combined art with his other love, science, and became a dentist.
After earning a degree in chemistry from Dickinson College and a dental degree from Temple University in 1977, Dr. Regan and his wife, Barb, thought about opening a practice in New England.
"We liked to camp and hike but there didn't seem to be much of a demand for a new dentist there," he said last week.
So they came home to Quarryville.
"I talked with Dr. Hess and Dr. Pennington, and both thought there was a demand for another dentist here," he said.
Keeping the water flowing as temps drop
by Hannah Pollock
Winter is a difficult time for people working in the plumbing and heating business.
“It’s a tough job,” said Bob Landis on an unusually warm January afternoon. “We spend a lot of time in tight crawl spaces and in the bitter cold. On one eight degree day, we were working on thawing pipes. One of my guys grabbed a shovel with his bare hand and it froze to the shovel. I grabbed my coffee and poured it on his hand to detach it. It was cold and I lost my hot cup of coffee... I wasn’t very happy that day.”
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.
Building on Faith
True Gospel Baptist Church is a work of faith in progress.
Founded in a basement, the church now has a growing congregation, a permanent sanctuary, and a mission to reach its neighbors.
Led by Pastor Jim Roland, the congregation is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
He and a few others founded the church after his ministry led him to the Southern End, throughout the United States, and overseas before founding the church.
Renovations on Quarryville's municipal building that began last year are continuing into 2017.
The borough hall and police station have a new roof and the office has been renovated.
Now painters are working on the entrance hall and council's meeting room. When that's finished later this month, new carpeting will be installed.
It won't look much different from the road, but by the time volunteers finish working on the Robert Fulton Birthplace, the building's interior will be much improved.
"The historical displays need work," said Mike Roth, treasurer of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society. "They were last done in the 1970s."
Designing the new displays will take a year.
Reworking the displays are among the jobs awaiting society members after they take ownership of the birthplace.
Teens who need help coping with drug and alcohol dependency or other issues have been showing up for the Celebrate Recovery program at Providence Church only to be turned away.
Home is where you make it
by Hannah Pollock
“It’s a very caring community... and I hope that never changes,” said Jim Kreider reminiscing on a long, Solanco-filled life.
It's not a yard sale because it will be indoors. Nor will it feature a selection of women's clothes, kids toys, and housewares.
The third annual Nuts 'n Bolts sale at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church will offer items of interest primarily to men, organizer Dan Henry said last week. The sale will feature hunting and fishing gear, handmade knives, building supplies and tools, gardening and landscaping items, and new and used equipment. Firearms will not be sold.
Smith Middle School book fair
Young readers still like books printed on paper.
"Sometimes I read on my Kindle, but not that much," Smith Middle School sixth grader Olivia Northern said earlier this month. "I really like to hold a book and have it in my hands. I'd rather be able to flip real pages instead of doing it on a device."