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 hurt in Quarryville collision
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.
Mary Keener nears centennial celebration
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.
Coming home to Quarryville
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.
Go-Fore golf foregoes its glow games
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.
Fulton firefighters buy a ‘new’ engine
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.
Food bank awaits fallout from shutdown
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.
Cash returned to finder
Cash found in TownsEdge Shopping Village last November has been turned over to the person who discovered it.
"We gave it back to the finder," Quarryville Police Chief Clark Bearinger said last week of the $600 discovered on November 17.
A man charged with threatening a Quarryville resident and borough police officers was arrested in Baltimore on Tuesday evening, February 5.
Damon D. Daniel, no age given, has been charged with three counts of making terroristic threats.
He is being held on outstanding Maryland felony assault charges and will be extradited to Pennsylvania.
Book sales help fund library
Once a month, members of a library support group hold a two-day book sale to raise money.
When the sale is over, volunteers sort the remaining books, giving some away and saving others for future sales.
The unneeded books are donated to several nonprofits, including one that sends books to military personnel serving overseas.
Quarryville police are waiting for a ruling from the state treasurer's office to determine what will become of cash found and turned in late last year.
"If it was identifiable property like a Rolex watch, it would go to the state and be listed in their unclaimed property. But I'm not sure what they will say about cash," Quarryville Police Chief Clark Bearinger said last week.
The cash was found in the area of the TownsEdge Shopping Village on November 19 and turned over to police.
Police wanted to return the money promptly.
That hasn't been possible.
Leak spills water onto S. Lime St.
Not much water was coming out of Ray Wimer's faucets on Friday morning, February 1. But it was running into the basement of his S. Lime St., Quarryville, home.
Working in temperatures that barely reached double digits and during a persistent snowstorm, members of the borough crew labored for just under seven hours to fix the problem.
Winter’s here for six more weeks
The reports were unanimous.
From Puddle Duck Creek to the Refton Shale Belt, squads from the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge reported woodchucks peered from their holes just after dawn on Saturday, saw their shadows, and retreated back underground to sleep through six more weeks of winter.
The reports and the official prognostication were delivered on the lodge grounds in White Rock, Colerain Township, shortly before 9 a.m. on February 2.
When it comes to meals, Flowing Oil Café has a perfect record.
"We've never run out of food," coordinator Virgil Roark said Saturday evening, January 26. "These teams have no idea how many to prepare for but, in 15 years, they have never run out of food."