One of the Friends of the Quarryville Library's most successful fundraisers is moving more upscale this year.
After offering small gifts along with hundreds of dozens of cookies and other baked goods at the holiday season bake sale, the group is adding more upscale presents to this year's event.
"We're going to offer vintage and specialty gifts," group member Deb Waite said.
How many species volunteers see during the annual Christmas bird count depends a lot on the weather.
Cold weather thousands of miles away can send seldom-seen birds to the Southern End. That happened some years ago when Great Snowy Owls, usually seen in Canada, showed up on harvested fields in the area.
A longtime favorite will be back at the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's annual Christmas greens sale.
"We're going to offer white pine roping," organizer Peg Wurst said. "We haven't had them for several years and people have been asking for them, so we're happy to be getting them back."
The hunt for a new water source has resumed.
After test wells on Solanco Fair Association property came up dry last summer, the Quarryville Area Authority began looking elsewhere for a secondary water source.
It took about three weeks to tear out the old Cherry Hill Rd. bridge over Bowery Run and replace it with a new, safe span.
The bridge was an Eden Township project, two years in the planning. Because the work was in a trout stream, it could not start until late summer and had to be finished by the first of the year.
"We had hoped to start in October but it got put off," said township roadmaster Mark Rudy.
Members of the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host their ninth annual Christmas tree lighting program at TownsEdge Shopping Village, Quarryville, on Friday night, December 6.
Brette Dawley doesn't recall the time she spent at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
She wants to give the children currently there a Christmas to remember.
Brette, 8, enlisted her big sister Layne, 10, to help with a special project.
Together, the Dawley sisters, students at Clermont Elementary School, are spearheading Brette and Layne Dawley's Holiday Drive which is collecting toys and other items for children at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.
Selections from the gospels will be read in the broad Scots dialect.
Carols and seasonal songs will be played on a bagpipe.
But not all of the annual Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Church Foundation's Advent service will be a testament to the denomination's Scottish heritage.
This year's service will include a performance by a string ensemble from a local high school.
When the owners of Musser's Market announced they were selling to a food store chain, the Walmart at the Buck rumors went from simmer to full boil.
That announcement came shortly after Drumore Township's supervisors agreed to give at two-year extension for developers of the proposed Drumore Crossing shopping center that many think will be anchored by a Walmart store.
But the rumors are, one township official said last week, just that - rumors.
Wrightsdale Baptist Church will be one of two collection points for Operation Christmas Child.
The church will collect shoebox-size containers filled with items for children.
One driver was critically injured when a tractor trailer and a compact car collided at the intersection of Byerland Church Rd. and Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272) at 11:38 p.m. on November 13, Trooper Jason Fretz reported.
Six local organizations work together year round to provide services to the Southern End.
Now they're joining forces for a special event geared to raise funds to assist them with the work they do.
Solanco High School's fall play puts a new twist on an award-winning production about two insignificant characters from a Shakespeare classic.
Solanco's version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be performed free for senior citizens Wednesday, November 20, at 4 p.m. as well as for general audiences Thursday through Friday (Nov. 21-23) nightly at 7:30.
It took two years to turn one interview into a 500-page book about general stores in the Southern End.
"I interviewed [former storekeeper at Fairfield and postmaster] Dorothy Aument in 2017 for another presentation," said co-author Mike Roth. "Then Stan [co-author Stan White] suggested we expand that into a book."
The second phase of the long-awaited renovation of the Southern End Community Association's pool will be completed by next May.
Bids were opened October 31 and on November 4 SECA's board of directors approved the start of the project.
Quarryville's oft-damaged traffic light was hit again last week.
Late on Wednesday afternoon, November 6, a truck carrying a prefab shed snagged one of the signals, breaking it into three parts and leaving the remains dangling over the intersection of S. Church St. and 4th St. Borough workers removed the green section of the signal, leaving the yellow and red hanging over S. Church St. On Thursday, an electrician reassembled the damaged pieces and returned it to service.
Last year, a fundraiser helped pay some of the costs when Christin Sheets donated a kidney to her uncle, Marty Osborne. Both fundraiser and transplant were successful.
Now the two will hold another fundraiser. This one will raise money to help other families as they prepare for kidney transplants.
A summer reading assignment led to kindness projects at Smith Middle School.
The school's current seventh graders were told to read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The book is written for middle school students and is about a child born with an abnormality that disfigured his face. It tells the story of 10-year-old August Pullman who is making the transition to middle school and how he is accepted by the other students.
Alexander Fry, 25, of Oxford, was charged with driving under the influence after state police stopped him for speeding in the 800 block of Little Britain Rd. North, Little Britain Township, at 2:21 a.m. on November 6, Trooper Anthony Urban reported.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End:
Quarryville's Lions Club is working on plans to add another memorial to one of the borough's parks.
The memorial will list the names of local residents killed in action during the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as the more recent wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
As it turned out, his pastor was right.
But when his pastor told the Rev. Robert Bistline that he was destined for the ministry, the recent high school graduate didn't believe him.
"I had a hometown minister who suggested I had a pastoral calling," said the Rev. Mr. Bistline. pastor of Zion United Church of Christ. "I didn't believe him at first."
It's not a typical food bank.
The Martic Pantry is open only to residents of Martic Township and, unlike other food banks, serves as a sustaining program rather than as an emergency service.
It operates from the Martic Store and gives each client a renewable card that's loaded every month with a specific dollar amount. That card can then be used to purchase food items from the store.
There won't be any changes in the way members of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church run its annual collection point for Operation Christmas Child.
And that's a good thing, said congregation member and organizer Dan Henry.
"It's a very worthwhile program. It brings joy and smiles to the children's faces and it helps spread the gospel," he said.
Nathan Beattie, 27, of Lancaster, and Cain Frankhouser, 31, of Lancaster, have been charged with stealing an Xbox One game system from 40 Frogtown Rd., Providence Township, on October 25 and selling it to Press Play, Lancaster, Trooper Michael Levinsky reported.
State police also reported the following incidents in the Southern End: