When William R. Mankin agreed to fill a vacancy on Quarryville's borough council this past summer, he knew he would have to run in the November election.
He didn't know that would mean spending more than a dozen hours at the polling place on election day, handing out information so voters could write his name in.
"A lot of us have coats that are too small."
That doesn't mean those coats should spend the coming winter in a closet, Smith Middle School eighth grader Sophie Plechner said last week. Plechner and other members of the school's Pride Ambassadors are trying to drum up enthusiasm for this year's Coats for Kids campaign.
The annual effort is already underway and has just over two weeks to collect, sort, and clean coats, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and sweaters. The winter wear will then be distributed to anyone in the Southern End who needs warm clothing to get through the colder months ahead.
Honoring Patrick Quinn
LEFT: A honor guard of police officers and service members carried SSG. Quinn's casket into the funeral home Friday morning.
RIGHT: One of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Patrick Quinn’s sons waits on the porch of Reynolds Funeral and Cremation Services Friday morning, October 25, as an honor guard removes his father’s coffin from a hearse. SSG. Quinn was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. His service was held Saturday with burial in the Quarryville Cemetery.
Solanco High School hosts Halloween Hallways
Nearly 1,000 costumed children turned out Thursday night, October 24, for Solanco High School's Halloween Hallways. Members of the high school's clubs worked late that afternoon to decorate the hallways around the school. Each club chose a theme for its section of hallway. Some worked with movie characters, while others chose television series or traditional Halloween themes.
The clubs provided candy for the visiting children and also offered activities, including a coloring contest.
High school students and the clubs paid for the decorations and the candy.
Susan Mull likes to read.
Mull volunteers at the Quarryville Library and works part-time teaching gifted children in the Lancaster School District.
"I was a full-time teacher and I performed and read aloud every day," she said.
She will be doing just that in the early morning hours of November 9.
For 15 minutes, between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m., she will be reading selections from one of her favorite books, Bryce Courtenay's The Power Of One.
After they graduated, one became a teacher, two spent most of their adult lives farming, another worked on the roads, a fifth ran the family's trucking business, and the sixth was employed by a major snack food company.
But six members of Solanco High School's Class of 1956 have one thing in common - all served as township supervisors.
Organizers of the annual Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's Christmas bazaar are hoping for cold weather on Saturday, November 2.
That will make what they are calling a soup spectacular more attractive.
A 35-year-old man died in a farming accident in the 300 block of Sproul Rd., Colerain Township, early Wednesday afternoon, October 16.
The body of David F. Stoltzfus was recovered from about five feet of liquid manure.
Family members said the man had last been seen alive about an hour before emergency personnel were called at 1:05 p.m.
It took volunteers less than 10 minutes to locate the man's body. The pit is in a one-story section of the farm's dairy barn.
Quarryville firefighters, Medic 94, and Oxford ambulance responded to the scene, as did state police.
Stoltzfus was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death was asphyxia due to drowning, Trooper Bertrum A. James reported. The death has been ruled accidental.
Nine Solanco area girls will compete for the title of Miss Solanco 2014 in the scholarship pageant to be held next month.
The pageant, to be held in the Solanco High School auditorium on Saturday night, November 30, is sponsored by the Quarryville Teenage Club.
For the first time this year, each contestant will be accompanied by a young princess.
The organizers chose to have the young princesses participate because the next pageant level includes young girls.
East Drumore property sells for $270,000
Trucks will continue to rumble out of 1246 Robert Fulton Highway.
The address, home to East Drumore Township's road crew and municipal government for more than 60 years, was sold Friday afternoon to the owner of a trucking company.
Michael Houghton bought the property at public auction, spending $270,000 for the 1.5 acres of land and the buildings on it.
"I'm pleased to have it," he said after the sale.
Joseph Patrice Aristhome and Martial Pierre David are working to help their countrymen rebuild from the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
They have an ally in Providence Township resident John Frank.
Frank met the men on one of his mission trips to Haiti and realized they share a common goal - helping the people of rural Haiti rebuild their lives.
Race for Good
About 100 runners turned out for the second annual Run a Good Race in Kirkwood on Saturday, October 12. “The weather kept a number of people away,” organizer Lori Kelley said. “We would have liked to see more people.” The race raised money for the Quarryville and Oxford libraries.
Solanco enrollment has its ups and downs
After rising slightly last year, the number of students attending Solanco's public schools has dropped a little. On October 1, 2012, Solanco had 3,775 students. A year later, 3,701 were enrolled at Solanco.
Problems with a test on a new water line under Ashville Rd. has delayed the reopening of the Pine Grove covered bridge, Chester Water Authority officials said last week.
Solanco Fair association is ready to build
The Solanco Fair Association will be putting up a new building early next year.
The association will erect a 60-foot by 180-foot all weather building north of the group's newest commercial exhibit barn.
Longtime fair supporter Jim Kreider and his family will contribute $100,000 toward the cost.
Storm closes roads, causes collision
Heavy rains rolled across the Southern End on Friday morning, October 11, dumping more than five inches of rain on the region.
Small streams flooded, closing many roads. At least one traffic accident was blamed on the storm.
One person was hurt and three others escaped injury when a car being driven east on Street Rd., Colerain Township, slid on the wet road, ran off the highway, went down an embankment, and landed on its roof in Gables Run.
The occupants escaped the partially-submerged car before firefighters arrived.
Clermont Elementary u-Knight-ed for a cause
The sun burning through Friday, October 4's early morning haze was hot enough to make Jeff Craig sweat.
Craig was taking the first shift in a suit of plastic armor, helping Clermont Elementary students focus on their Race for Education's theme - We are United.
Colerain Township's zoning hearing board granted Solanco Little League's request to postpone a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, October 9. The league was scheduled to appear before the board on that date.
The league asked that hearing be put off until November 13 and the hearing board approved that request Wednesday night.
Contractors have finished one bridge project in the Southern End and plan to complete work on two others later this month.
The bridge over the Octoraro Creek connects Sleepy Hollow Rd. in Little Britain Township with Lees Bridge Rd. in West Nottingham. The rebuilt span opened late last month.
The $1.2 million project rebuilt the superstructure of the span, which was built in 1947.
First came the vision of its founder, Ken Zieber, who retired from one career to start New Hope Community Life Ministry in 1998.
Then there's the vision of the non-profit to continue to offer counseling and other services in the Southern End.
Songs by Diana Ross.
Autobiographies from Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Burns.
Vinyl records and eight-track tapes, perfect for the player mounted under the dash of a vintage Edsel.
There's even a coffee table book about the Kennedy years that carries President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's signature.
These are just some of the items the Friends of the Quarryville Library will be selling at their annual fall sale.
For the second time in seven years, Solanco's Bart-Colerain Elementary School is receiving national recognition for academic excellence and the outstanding accomplishments of its students and teachers.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has announced that Bart-Colerain has been selected in the 2013 No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Only 10 schools in Pennsylvania, and 286 schools nationwide, have been selected for the 2013 program. This is the second time Bart-Colerain has been included in the Blue Ribbon Schools Program; in 2006 Bart-Colerain became the first school in Lancaster County to ever be selected.
Someone stole about 600 feet of copper cable from between several utility poles in the 1400 block of Slate Hill Rd., Drumore Township, between September 13 and 24, Trooper Anthony L. Holloway reported.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
The annual celebration will be a bit less ornate this year.
"We tried to do too much last year," organizer Barry Girvin said.
In 2012, the yearly service was followed by a concert and a dinner. That was too much for one day, Girvin said.
This year, the celebration at the Historic Covenanter Presbyterian Church will return to traditional format. The day will include a guest speaker, a commemoration of the church's Celtic heritage, and a chance to see the historic documents and artifacts stored in the attached former high school.
Quarryville Borough is running out of room.
It does not have enough space in its maintenance garage to keep all of its equipment inside.