Colerain Township zoning request withdrawn
A request to allow a furniture shop in the 400 block of Liberty Ln., Colerain Township, has been withdrawn.
Small bridges can cause big headaches
It will take Colerain Township just over two months to replace the tiny bridge that carries Liberty Ln. over Gable's Run.
It will take about three times that long to have the bridge designed and to get the necessary state permits for the work.
That's if everything goes well.
A man who called state police to report a burglary was charged with possession of marijuana, Trooper Philip Strosser reported.
According to the trooper, Leroy Buzzard III, 36, of 345 May Post Office Rd., Strasburg Township, called police at 9:15 a.m. on November 21 and reported hearing someone in the attic of his home. Buzzard also told troopers he had seen someone looking out of the attic gable vent.
Sometimes, a family just needs a little help to get through tough times.
"We see it more and more," said Charles Grimasuckas. "People need a little assistance."
Four Quarryville families got a some help last Saturday afternoon, thanks to members of the Quarryville Police Department and community members.
"We knew there were people who could use a Thanksgiving dinner," Grimasuckas said. "I asked the other officers if they wanted to get involved, and they did."
Peach Bottom will keep its post office
The rumors that Peach Bottom's post office would either close or move are just that - rumors.
The postal service has renewed a lease for the office.
Families who need emergency help buying heating fuel this winter will be expected to help pay for the assistance.
In the past, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries has paid for a minimum fuel delivery for people who need emergency help.
The rising cost of home heating fuel and the increased demand for assistance has led the agency to change that program for the coming heating season. It will offer matching grants this winter rather than paying the entire cost of a minimum fuel delivery.
Toys for Tots donations decline
Gifts for pets are coming in.
Diana Wade, who runs the collection point at Stoner-Wade Ford in Quarryville, has collected a bin full of items for animal shelters. The drive to collect items for pets has been very successful, she said. The agency is donating the collected food, toys, and leashes to the Lancaster County SPCA, the Humane League of Lancaster County, and Pitties, a rescue group for pit bulls and pit bull mixes.
Starting early next month, Quarryville borough officials will have a new tool to help them cope with problem properties.
The issues can range from overgrown lots to buildings that are close to collapsing. Frequently, the buildings are in foreclosure or have been neglected as the family goes through a divorce.
A passenger was hurt when a minivan hit a mailbox on Buck Rd. west of Lee Dr., East Drumore Township, at 2:03 p.m. on November 16, Trooper Nelson Renno reported.
Aaron Atkinson, the new Director of Youth and Young Adults Ministries at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, had an interesting response the first time someone suggested he become a youth pastor.
In the first semester of his sophomore year at Liberty University, a friend said Atkinson would be a great youth pastor.
"I laughed at the time," Atkinson recalls. He quickly realized his friend was right and soon got a sign.
A break dancer, Atkinson was scheduled to take a dance class. But the dance class was cancelled so he took a youth ministry class instead.
"I've known what I've wanted to do since then," he says. "There were some days I wasn't sure but God has always reassured me."
Music popular when the American colonies were fighting for their independence and to save the Union will help a local historical society raise funds to preserve the past.
Members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society are turning to a local musician to present a program of songs from the country's past.
With the nation commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, this seemed an ideal time for a concert featuring music from the era, society member Donna McCool said.
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child.
The church is the only dropoff location in the area for the project which involves stuffing shoeboxes full of goodies for less fortunate children.
Operation Christmas Child is a project started by the Rev. Franklin Graham under the auspices of the Samaritan's Purse charity.
While voters were choosing candidates inside Quarryville Borough Hall last week, a group of Smith Middle School students was outside the building planting for the future.
As part of the STREAM (Smith Teaching Respect for the Environment using Alternate Methods), 15 students, mostly eighth graders, spent Tuesday, November 5 learning about the environment. Half the day was dedicated to studying in a Beaver Creek tributary stream. The rest of the day was devoted to planting 75 trees and shrubs.
Hearings to determine the fate of a stone arch bridge in Eden Township will begin later this year.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled evidentiary hearings before an administrative law judge, PUC spokesperson Jennifer Kocher said earlier this month. The hearings are set to begin December 18 in Harrisburg.
Quarryville monument rededicated
About 100 people turned out Saturday afternoon, November 9, for the rededication of the monuments that flank the entrance to Quarryville’s Memorial Drive.
The Quarryville Lions Club has spearheaded the project, which saw both monuments and the adjacent patios rebuilt during the past year.
The project also included memorial benches donated by community members and organizations and a new planting area linking the benches with the monuments.
The monuments, dedicated in 1947, were in worse shape than originally thought, Joanne Black told the audience.
Black began organizing the event when she was serving as the Lions Club president last year. She continued to coordinate the effort after stepping down from her one-year term in office.
Black, above, praised the community for its involvement in the project.
Korean War veteran Merle Aukamp, right, salutes as the pillars were rededicated.
Veterans, their families, and other community members gathered for the ceremony, below, and Rep. Bryan Cutler, below right, gave the address.
Becoming Anne Frank
Kelly Cook knows the story.
Last year, she read the book.
This year, she's in the play.
The Solanco High School freshman has the lead in “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
As an eighth grader, Cook read the diary as part of the district's English curriculum. She also went to Washington, D.C., on a class trip and toured the Holocaust Museum.
A veteran of two plays in Lancaster's Fulton Opera House, she tried out for this fall's school play and won the role of Anne Frank.
Frank, a young Jewish girl, kept a diary while she and her family hid from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam during World War II. The diary was discovered after Frank and most of her relatives died in a concentration camp.
The pillars have been repaired and repointed.
The patios now have foundations, most of the new benches are in place, and the plantings have been mulched.
It wasn't a casual theft.
There was planning, and more than little heavy lifting, involved when 14 storm water grates were stolen from along Drumore Township's River Rd. last month.
A Holtwood woman died Monday morning from injuries she sustained
when a semi-trailer collided with a horse and buggy on Lincoln Highway East, Salisbury Township, Sunday, November 3 at 10:37 p.m.
Trooper Duong reported both vehicles were traveling westbound when the semi-trailer rear-ended the buggy. Barbara King, 21, the passenger in the buggy, was ejected from the horse and buggy and sustained critical injuries. The operator of the buggy, Stevie King Fisher, 23, of Christiana, sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Lancaster General Hospital. The driver of the truck was Levi Fitzgerald, 51, of Philadelphia. The investigation is ongoing.
Quarryville Elementary School hosted a family engagement night to help students and parents focus on the importance of homework.
The Title 1 Homework Treasure Hunt began after school on Monday, October 21, with Quarryville students doing their homework in the library.
Quarryville teachers and Solanco High School National Honor Society students were on hand to provide assistance and answer questions from the younger students.
Southern End police log
There were no injuries when a car and a minivan collided on Beaver Valley Pike (Rt. 222) at Eagle Dr., Providence Township, at 10:04 p.m. on October 24, Trooper Nicholas Cortese reported.
According to the trooper, Raul Rojas-Alvarez, 36, of New Providence, was driving south and tried to turn left onto Eagle Dr. His minivan collided with a car being driven north on Rt. 222 by Jessica L. Klufkee, 34, of Red Lion.
Rojas-Alvarez was cited for the collision, the trooper said.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Maxwell is ready for his next big trip.
Over the past 13 years, he's gone to the Outer Banks, Illinois, South Bethany, Delaware, Mississippi, a Red Hat Society tea, a sectional tournament with Solanco's golf team, and even to Potter County on a bear hunt. Every November, he comes back to Quarryville where he'll join another Southern End family for another year of adventure and travel.
"He'll go with the highest bidder," Carol Gibson said last week.