If a mud sale is to live up to its name, there has to be mud.
Municipal crews worked through Monday to uncover potential mud from nearly a foot of snow. The crews trucked loads of snow from the sale grounds behind Bart Township Fire Company's station in Georgetown to make room for the first day of the volunteers' annual sale.
The food drive was supposed to last two weeks.
That was before snow kept Bart-Colerain's students out of school for five of those 10 days.
Now the drive to benefit the Solanco Food Bank has been extended to the end of February.
SECA hopes to have new director by May
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.
Smith Middle School honor roll
The faculty of George A. Smith Middle School has announced the names of students earning honor roll distinction for the second marking period of the 2013-14 school year.
Solanco students perform National Anthem
No backup. No accompaniment.
Just one of the world's toughest songs, a microphone, and each other.
That's been enough for Solanco High School seniors Danae Dombach, Shannon Bates, and Sammie Brown as the trio gave repeat performances of The Star Spangled Banner to open late-season basketball games.
"I'm here to unify the diverse ministries in the church."
That's one the Rev. Dr. Sam Andreades' goals.
His new charge, Quarryville's Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, has been without a senior pastor for about two years.
"They need leadership to continue to move forward," he said last week. "We need to forge a vision of the family of God."
A month from now, the Friends of the Quarryville Library will host their first one-day inventory reduction book sale.
"This is a new idea for us. We hope to sell more books this way and give us some room in our storage area," said Friends president Carol Biscardi.
Eventually, the group hopes to hold a one-day sale every two months.
Scenes of the season
Scholastic honors Solanco High writers
Two Solanco High School students have won Gold Key awards in the regional Scholastic writing competitions.
Dakota White earned two Gold Key awards and Katie Marchesani earned one Gold Key for poetry and honorable mentions for a short story and flash fiction. They will have their work submitted to the national Scholastic competition.
White, a senior, and Marchesani, a junior, each submitted numerous entries to the regional competition.
Volunteering keeps Vanda Bennett busy
Vanda Bennett likes to keep busy.
She worked with her family in Pittsburgh and, since moving to Quarryville, she has found other outlets.
"I keep my own home and stay in touch with my family and my neighbors," the 92-year-old Bennett said earlier this month.
Born in Italy, she spent her early years there before moving to Pittsburgh area.
Marissa Witmer knows where she's going.
The Solanco High School freshman intends to major in biology in college, earn grades high enough to get into a good medical school, and enter a residency program where she will train to become a surgeon.
She decided to become a surgeon after first intending to become a teacher.
"My mom is a professor at Millersville [University] and I wanted to be a teacher just like mom," she said.
A tradition of more than three decades has fallen victim to the requirements of one of Pennsylvania's new mandatory competency tests.
Solanco High School science students no longer have to develop individual projects and enter them in a competitive science fair. The district had to cancel the long-running fair to make more time for increased instruction in biology, said Dr. Brian Bliss, the district's assistant superintendent.
Food bank use triples in 10 years
Over the past 10 years, the Solanco Food Bank has seen demands for its services nearly triple.
In 2003, the local food bank provided emergency assistance to 496 families. That translated to 832 adults and 632 children.
Freezing rain fell across the Southern End on Tuesday night, February 4, and well into the following morning. Ice felled trees and limbs and brought a section of power lines and poles down on Robert Fulton Highway (Rt. 222) just north of the village of Mechanic Grove.
Traffic was detoured over Church Rd. and Center Rd. until PPL could clear the lines and reset poles.
Solanco closed school for the second time in three days. School was also cancelled on Monday, February 3, after six to eight inches of wet snow fell across the area.
Runoff from Tuesday night's storm flooded sections of some roads. Temperatures were forecast to drop into the teens Wednesday night, bringing the threat of icy roads after dark.
Defender of the Faith Stu Mylin proclaimed winter will last six more weeks after Octoraro Orphie saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. The annual prognostication was held at the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge in Colerain Township.
For the first time since Pennsylvania's Act 1 tax law took effect in 2006, the Solanco School District will not seek exemptions to exceed the mandated property tax rate increase.