Early next month, community members will celebrate the 200th anniversary of a long-dormant Quaker meeting.
The Drumore meetinghouse was built in 1816 to accommodate Quakers moving into the area. It was laid down - the term Quakers use for closing a meeting - in 1936.
A scooter tribute to fallen comrades
Scott DeRaps likes to get around on two wheels.
He rides his bicycle a couple of blocks from his home on Park Ave. to his job on 4th St.
When he's not working, he takes his scooter out for longer trips, knowing it stands out from the more common Hondas and Lambrettas.
"I used to ride motorcycles, but this is my first scooter," he said.
Mt. Hope to share 225 years of history
It is, Pastor Michael Miller said, a significant milestone.
That's why members of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church are setting aside a weekend to share their 225th birthday with the community.
The congregation was founded in 1791 and built its first church at the present location in 1860. They tore that church down in 1903 to make room for the current sanctuary.
by Hannah Pollock
This year it’s going to the middle schools.
Until now, the SWEEP weekend food program has only been available to elementary students. Starting later this month, it will expand to include sixth graders at the Swift and Smith middle schools.
PHOTOS: 67th annual Solanco Fair
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Middle Octorara adds new programs
They aren't ready to give up traditional programs.
But members of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church have come to realize that many families can't fit some of these events into their busy schedules.
"We have realized that changes in demographics and society mean we have to be more open to alternatives," congregation member Barry Girvin said.
For the fifth year, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries will be collecting nonperishable food during the fair parade.
The ministry will be trying to fill a large red wagon pulled by a truck from Providence Auto.
The Freedom Life Church will open another campus next month.
The church, which already meets at Octorara High School near Christiana and Rainbow Elementary School in Coatesville as well as in Milesburg, will begin holding services at Providence Elementary School, Truce Rd.
Kimberly Moore and Deb Sampson are raising money to provide a temporary home for dogs awaiting adoption.
"There is a real need for this in the area - southern Lancaster and Chester counties and Cecil County, Md.," Moore said. "There are lost dogs, unwanted dogs, dogs that have been abandoned or dropped."
Although school didn't open until August 29, Elizabeth Martin already started her first teaching job weeks in advance.
Martin, who was hired earlier this year to direct Solanco's middle and elementary school bands, has wrapped up her first band camp.
She's won other art awards, but Kara Moyer is especially proud of the one that landed her work on the cover of the 2016 Solanco Fair Book.
Moyer, who completed eighth grade in June, worked on the project while a student at Smith Middle School.
Sixth graders face big changes when they move up from elementary schools, but teachers and administrators are ready to help kids, and their parents, make the transition.
That's the message Swift Middle School assistant principal John Dolan brought to incoming sixth graders and their parents during orientation sessions last week.