One Southern End township is working to allow Amish residents to keep a horse on a one-acre lot while a neighboring township will mandate at least two acres for one horse.
The changes come as an increasing number of Amish residents move into homes on one-acre lots, township officials said last week. Most townships allow one or two horses, known as travel horses, to be kept on a one-acre lot if the horses are the family's only means of transportation.
With 15 full teams and a single one-man team, organizers of the 2014 Solanco Relay for Life are confident they will reach their goal of more than $62,000.
"We are at $51,000 right now," chairman Dawn Althoff said Saturday morning.
This year's relay will include a car show on Saturday and live music Friday night.
The events have been added to traditional relay activities such as the beautiful man lap, a candy drop, and fire truck rides.
"We're trying to get more people from the community to show up and watch," she said.
Bart Township native Hazel Grace Woerth is celebrating her 105th birthday today.
Mrs. Woerth, was born on her parents' farm on Georgetown Rd. on June 26, 1909.
She attended public schools, graduating from Bart Township High School after she finished the 11th grade.
In a 2009 interview, she said she balanced her education with chores on the farm.
"I loved to hunt the eggs in the hen house," she said in an interview before her 100th birthday. "The important thing was not to break them."
After she married, she and her husband, the late George K. Woerth, lived on his home farm where she continued to help with the chores.
"I helped milk the cows. they put a halter on them so they wouldn't kick me," she said.
SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Abigail Nelson and Sophie Plechner earned multiple awards at George A. Smith Middle School's end of year ceremonies.
Nelson and Plechner received the Outstanding Student Award and the L.E.A.D. III Award. Plechner also earned the Principal's Leadership Award, the English Award, and the Science Award. Nelson also won the Technology Education Award and the Soroptimist Club Award.
Runners, joggers, walkers, and tots in strollers raised more than $22,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society on June 14.
The event drew 345 participants. In the last four years, the Quarryville community has raised more than $82,000 for the society.
“Each year, we have more and more brain tumor survivors present and we get to honor them,” organizer Adrienne Bard Wilk said. “It is really growing.”
Next year, the run will be held June 20.
This was the third annual run in Quarryville. The four-year total includes the community’s participation in a national event in Washington, D.C.
For the past four years, Jamie Welk has served as chief of the Quarryville Fire Company.
Recognition of that service now extends well beyond the Southern End.
On June 6, Welk was named the 2013 Chief of the Year for Lancaster County.
He becomes the first person to receive this award, inaugurated by the Lancaster County Fire Chiefs' Association. A deputy chief from the Garden Spot Fire Department received the Line Officer of the Year.
Hudacs is retiring to a busy schedule
For the past 56 years, his life has been ruled by the school calendar.
That changes on June 30 when Dr. Martin J. Hudacs retires as superintendent of the Solanco School District.
"I've been in this routine all my life," he said last Thursday.
That schedule began when he started attending public school in Scranton and continued through his college years. For the past 39 years, he's also worked under that calendar as teacher, assistant high school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.
There will be some changes when the auctioneer begins the Quarryville Library's second annual benefit sale.
Instead of mixing items during the sale, like merchandise will be grouped.
"We will be doing it in hour-long blocks," said Linda Walter said. "We didn't do that last year. People want to know when things will be sold."
The selection of sale items will also change this year.
"We're having a number of bushes and small trees donated by Octoraro Native Plant Nursery," Walter said.
The plants include New Jersey Tea, native Viburnum, and blueberry bushes and small Eastern Redbud trees.
A fierce thunderstorm downed trees and cut power to more than 800 customers shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, June 19.
The storm hit the Quarryville area and into Colerain, Drumore, East Drumore, Fulton, and Little Britain Townships.
At least one home, in the 1000 block of Stoney Hill Rd. in East Drumore, was hit by a falling tree. The tree punched a hole in the home's roof; no injuries were reported.
Quarryville's Memorial Park was closed for two days last week after inspections revealed light poles on a pair of ball fields were in danger of falling down.
Borough employees posted no-trespassing signs, put up barricades, and ran about 4,000 feet of caution tape around the park's perimeter.
The inspection on Wednesday, June 11, showed one pole on the upper field was weak; one on the lower field was leaning; and a second lower field pole was rotten at the base.
"We thought they would pass but we didn't know what the inspector would find," borough manager Ken Work said.
Girls who are competing for the title of Miss Solanco 2015 gathered in Quarryville on Saturday, June 7, to pose for photographs for the pageant's program.
The contestants used an historic home and one of the community's banks for their photo shoots.
There are 17 girls competing for the title.
In the front row, left to right, are Cassie Twyman, Bree Miller, Victoria Modderman, Caitlynn Cozzone, and Jess Lapp.
In the second row are Alyse Crandall, Donna Montgomery, Kaitlyn Ashley, and Brianna Dickel. In the third row are Harley Haga and Marisa Flaud. In the fourth row are Abby Yoder, Maddie Lasko, Amanda Bauer, Erica Jackson, Lindsay Bechtold, and Autumn Keller.
Standing behind the contestants is Miss Solanco 2014, Alli McClune.
The pageant will be held at Solanco High School in November.
After a week on the job, the Southern End Community Association's new director is already planning new programs for the summer season.
"This is a very busy time of the year. A lot of the programs have already been set up and are ready to run. And I want to expand the programs we offer for youth and adults," Nicole Luecker said last week. "I hope we can add more programs this summer."
"She has a proven track record of implementing programs that are successful," said April Pierson, chair of SECA's board of directors. "We want her to expand our program offerings."
By the time they arrived Saturday morning, Boy Scouts and other volunteers had already been working on tattered American flags, getting them ready for a respectful retirement ceremony.
The scouts were ready for the final stages of the ceremony, held at noon on Saturday on the grounds of the Southern Lancaster County Farmer Sportsmen's Association.
The red and white stripes had been separated from each other and the blue fields carrying 50 white stars were cut out intact.
With help from a local club, the congregation of Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church will host their third annual pork dinner and car cruise on Saturday, June 14.
"The first year, we had a good turnout," organizer Marie Foose said. That time, the church planned for 100 dinners and ran out of pork.
Last year, the congregation tried a pig roast, and that did not attract as many people as the pulled pork dinner.
"I don't think we got the word out about that," Foose said. Now the congregation is going back to its 2012 menu and working to attract more people to the annual event.
Commencement exercises for Solanco High School's Class of 2014 will be held indoors this evening.
School officials made that decision at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 11.
The decision was made due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms, officials said.
Commencement will be held in the school's large gymnasium, starting at 7:30 p.m.
This will be the third year in a row graduation has been held indoors. The school district schedules exercises in the high school football stadium with the indoor site as an alternative.
The outdoor site allows more spectators. When commencement is held indoors, the district allows each student to give out two tickets to family members or friends. Anyone without a ticket can watch the ceremony on closed-circuit television.
Karen Keefer follows her calling
As a caregiver, Karen Keefer has made many friends, knowing that sometimes she will lose them.
Caring for a cancer patient is physically and emotionally demanding, she said.
People must make time for themselves while they are caring for a cancer patient. The caregivers also have to realize they are making a vital difference for their patients and the patients' families, she said.
Later this month, Keefer will be recognized as the honorary caregiver for this year's Solanco Relay for Life.
"I've done it many times," she said. "I started when I was with the ambulance."
Some of Bart-Colerain Elementary School’s students spent Wednesday afternoon, June 4, competing in the school’s annual fun day.
There were several events held on the school’s playground. Groups of students rotated among the different events, which included a form of dodge ball and several races.
A local firm is working with a non-profit agency to bring low-cost pet inoculations to Quarryville.
"I saw it being done elsewhere and it wasn't being done in the Southern End," said Chris Davis of Ross H. Rohrer & Sons.
The Quarryville firm is working with Pet Pantry of Lancaster County to provide the vaccinations. Micro-chipping will also be available during the clinic. A microchip is inserted under a pet's skin; if the pet is found, a scanner can determine the pet's owner.
Pet Pantry is a non-profit that helps owners keep their pets when the owners are facing personal issues ranging from foreclosure to illness. It offers pet food, temporary housing, and low-cost veterinary care.
The students were not expected to sculpt what they see.
Instead, they were to work from abstract works of expressionist artists.
"I explained that what those artists see is not what everyone sees in reality," Swift Middle School art teacher Stephanie Deininger said recently. "The work was supposed to be surrealist and dream-like. It's not supposed to be realistic."
For the sixth graders, that meant coming up with paper and cardboard sculptures that can be used as wall hangings. The eighth graders worked with papier maché formed over wire and then painted to create free-standing sculptures.
Over the years, Ray Wimer has had a lot of old cars come and go.
He buys classic cars, restores them, and then sells them from his S. Lime St. property.
Except for a few that he's kept.
One, a red 1967 Chevelle convertible, has been at Wimer's for 40 years.
"I bought it on March 17, 1974," Wimer said last week. He purchased the car from a dealer and is its second owner.
The Chevelle has been repainted and, about 10 years ago, got a new black convertible top that Wimer purchased and installed himself.
That car will probably never leave the family, he said.
"My daughter likes it, and it will eventually go to her," he said.
A reported standoff ended peacefully Thursday evening after a man was taken into custody and transported to a Lancaster hospital for a mental evaluation.
Quarryville Borough police and an ambulance were called to the residence at the intersection of State St. and N. Church St. shortly after 6 p.m. on May 5.
When they arrived, they were told the man had threatened to hurt someone if an officer tried to arrest him. Borough police then asked for troopers to back them up.
The man was drunk, Quarryville Police Chief Ken Work said, and did not offer any resistance when he was detained.
During the incident, fire police closed off State St. from Hess St. to Summit Ave. and N. Church St.
Spectators watched from the lawn of the Wells Fargo Bank and the porch of Sam's Restaurant as the situation developed.
A snowy winter and rainy spring have delayed roadwork throughout the Southern End.
"We're getting farther behind by the day," Bart Township roadmaster Ned Trout said last Friday.
The township's crew is now doing work it would normally have completed a month ago, he said.
Robber hits bank in Georgetown
A lone robber held up the Georgetown branch of Coatesville Savings Bank late Monday afternoon, June 2.
The man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. Police did not say if he showed a weapon.
The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber left the bank. He was last ween walking across Rt. 896 and into a nearby parking lot. He was holding a bright red zipper bank bag, Trooper Jose I. Lebron said.
The suspect is described as a thin white man between five feet five inches and five feet eight inches tall. He was wearing a black t-shirt, khaki pants, dark work-style boots, and a dark brown baseball cap.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the robber should call state police at 299-7660.