In a hearing that lasted just under 20 minutes, Quarryville Borough's zoning hearing board approved a special exception and two variances that will allow Quarryville Fire Company to add on to its E. State St. station.
New job for veteran roadworker
Troy Grumelli has a new job.
It's a lot like his old one.
"I'm not really making a change," he said last week. "The job is pretty much the same."
But beginning January 1, his title will change. That's the date his appointment as Bart Township's roadmaster becomes official.
National anthem is Ressler's main song
Although she's not on the teams, Chelsea Ressler makes a major contribution at most home Solanco basketball games.
She also turns out for home wrestling matches.
Working without a band or recorded music, Ressler sings the Star Spangled Banner before the start of varsity contests.
Minnich refuses second term on council
When Quarryville's borough council holds its reorganizational meeting on January 4, one of the first items of business will be appointing a new member.
There were just three candidates listed in the November general election for four vacant seats.
Smith students share Christmas cheer at QPRC
Students from Smith and Swift middle schools brought more than 60 hand-colored Christmas cards to residents of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community on Friday afternoon, December 18. The cards were created by Smith students, who were helped by members of Solanco’s junior high girls basketball team. Smith eighth grader Ethan Kelley, pictured above with Robert Wettig, said he thought the students should do more at Christmas because some residents might not have family to help them celebrate the holiday.
A new grant will, if approved, fund repairs to the east end of the Enola Low Grade rail trail.
Providence Township will write the request for $1 million from Pennsylvania's Transportation Alternatives Program.
The TAP program is open to grant requests until January 8, 2016. Grant applications must be for at least $500,000 and no more than $1 million.
Twelve days of Christmas food drive
Members of Clermont Elementary’s student council have been running the school’s annual 12 Days of Christmas food drive. By Thursday afternoon, December 17, the school’s students had donated 5,881 items. The drive won’t end until Tuesday, December 22, and organizers hope they will reach this year’s goal of 8,000 items. The non-perishable food items will be taken to the Solanco Food Bank at the end of the drive. Last year, the school’s students provided 6,000 items for the food bank.
Santa's Sleigh, or more accurately a Ford F-150 pickup full of gifts, headed south to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, on Friday, December 10.
The gifts were collected by volunteers, including members of Solanco High School's Class of 2017. They will be given to children hospitalized over the Christmas holiday.
"I'm excited by how much this has grown since last year," said organizer Jamie Paxton. "It's almost quadrupled."
According to the calendar, winter's just a week away.
The thermometer isn't so sure.
Over this past weekend, temperatures reached early-October levels and forecasters are predicting the thermometer will reach 60 on Christmas Day.
That makes it an ideal time to buy heating oil and propane, said Teresa Dolan, director of Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.
"It doesn't feel like 20 years. It truly doesn't."
Feel like it or not, the Rev. Douglas Hileman is wrapping up his 20th year as pastor of one of the Southern End's oldest congregations.
He and his family came to Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church in February, 1996, moving to the Southern End from a church in Juniata County.
PHOTOS: Holiday shopping at Santa Shops
For three days last week, Quarryville Elementary students bought gifts for mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and grandparents at the school's Santa Shop.
It was the pupils' chance to choose the gifts themselves, PTO vice president Becky Lehner said.
PTO volunteers shopped for the gifts themselves, picking presents that they could sell for 25¢ to $5.
Survey will help firefighters plan response
Quarryville Fire Company volunteers want to know more about the businesses in their response area.
"We want to know what the layout of the building is, who's inside, and what's inside," said Lt. Rick Hall. "One of our biggest concerns is to get the occupants out safely in case of a fire. We are also concerned about firefighter safety and what hazards we may face inside the building."
Click 'Read more' to view slideshow of preparation for the annual Union Presbyterian Pageant.
Click 'Read More' to view slideshow of Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree lighting in Quarryville on Friday, December 4.
Breakfasts have helped pay for the pumpers, rescue truck and tanker.
Banquets provided the money to retire the 20-year fire station mortgage in seven years.
Since January, 2009, the Robert Fulton Fire Company's auxiliary has donated more than $207,000 to the volunteer firefighters.
"Without them, we would be nowhere near where we are today," said fire company president Cliff Holloway. "Thanks to their work, we can provide the level of service we do."
Members of Union Presbyterian Church who want to make sure they don't miss any of the congregation's 200th anniversary celebration now have a place to save those dates.
The committee organizing the congregation's bicentennial has published a calendar that lists some of the events planned for 2016.
"This is a one-time event for us," committee member Janet Todd said last week. "We wanted to be able to list the things we are going to do during our 200th year."
Click 'Read More' to view gallery of all Miss Solanco contestants with biographies.
The Solanco wrestling program is hosting the 18th annual Mule Classic tournament Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5.
The tournament begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. The championship preliminaries and quarterfinals and first two consolation rounds will be contested Friday.