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An old board game has a new venue.
Chess, believed to have started in India in the sixth century, is now being played by members of a revived club that meets in the Quarryville Library.
Some of the players have decades of experience. Others have been learning how to play chess.
PHOTOS: Spring cleanup in the snow
Wet snow and near-freezing temperatures didn't stop Little Britain Township's annual spring cleanup.
Every year, the township offers residents a chance to get rid of old furniture, worn out bicycles, aging air conditioners, and used tires. Residents bring the items to the township building on Green Ln. and, for a fee, can discard things that can't be put out for weekly trash collections.
Organizers are planning the fifth annual Bingo fundraiser for the Bob Bard 5K/10K race.
The fundraiser will be held at the Hoffman Building, Solanco Fairgrounds, on Sunday, May 1. Doors will open at noon; games will begin at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and may be reserved by calling Linda Kushlan at 717-330-5987 or Marci Fryberger at 717-786-2117.
For years, members of the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church have sold items at a yard sale to fund mission trips.
Later this month, congregation members are inviting neighbors to participate.
"This is the first time we've opened it to vendors," said organizer Boni Henry.
Organizers have been working at the Quarryville Library's annual fundraising auction, set for later this month.
Started in 2013, the auction has become the library's most productive fundraisers.
"Others are the Go Fore Golf event and the support we get from patrons, businesses, and municipalities," said board member Catherine Mundy, "but this is the biggest fundraiser."
Road repairs within a budget
But the parachute games held at the Quarryville Library also have a serious side.
"We're trying to teach them fine motor skills," said Randi Kennedy, the library's youth services coordinator.
The half-hour-long program for pre-school children also teaches the children to work together and to follow directions, she said.
The Solanco School District has been accumulating surplus equipment for two years.
Now its offering that equipment, ranging from a well-used pickup truck to a box of red aprons, for sale by sealed bid.
The district usually holds these sales ever year, said Dr. Timothy Shrom, Solanco's business manager.
Trout season opened under rainy skies on Saturday, April 2. Anglers along the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek and its tributaries were catching some of the recently stocked fish, but few reported reaching their legal limits by late morning. Click 'Read more' to see photo gallery of opening day.
They have artifacts.
Now members of the Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation need a way to display the memorabilia.
"We need two sets of shelves on wheels," said foundation president Barry Girvin.
Getting kids ready for kindergarten
Getting ready for school starts long before a child gets on the bus, headed for the first day of kindergarten.
It can begin even before children start pre-school, as they develop the fine motor skills they will need.
Solanco High School's Odyssey of the Mind program will send two teams to the state competition early next month.
"This is only the second time we've had two teams, and it's the first time both will go to the states," teacher and coach Caley Roark said last week.
Robert Fulton sale preview
On Saturday, March 26, auctioneers sold about 140 head at the Robert Fulton Fire Company horse sale.
This coming Saturday, bidders will be buying farm machinery, bushes and shrubs, hardware, sheds, antiques, and quilts.