by Lisa Tome
Your home and business Christmas decorations can earn you money.
For the first time, the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring both home and business decorating contests. Read more…
by Lisa Tome
A whole bunch of Cecil County filled Christmas stockings are on their way to deployed military overseas.
For the fifth year, Crouch Funeral Home, in partnership with the community, gathered Christmas Stockings for Soldiers.
Crouch Funeral Home staffer Patty Demond worked to coordinate the event. She said that more than 800 stockings were distributed. As of last week, about 120 of the stockings were returned filled with goodies. She expected many more to fill the parlor of the funeral home before they were mailed earlier in the week.
by Lisa Tome
If George Lutz has his way, farm to table is about to take off in Cecil County.
Lutz, owner of the Mauldin Avenue, North East building which currently houses the Day Basket Factory and a collection of antique dealers, has now expanded to include a farmer's market at the location. Read more…
Community Fire Company of Rising Sun crews were back on location at 10 South Queen Street, Rising Sun, shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 5 assisting the State Fire Marshal's Office with a fire investigation.
Just over 12 hours earlier, on Wednesday evening shortly before 8 p.m., a two-alarm fire ripped through three businesses and two apartments. It took 70 firefighters from Cecil and Harford counties and Chester and Lancaster counties from Pa. about an hour to bring the fire under control. Read more…
by Lisa Tome
A major school renovation project will shut the doors of Perryville Elementary School to students and staff at the end of the current school year.
School officials announced last week that the approximately 381 students and staff from the school will be moved while that school undergoes a full building renovation. Read more…
by Lisa Tome
Start practicing your scales.
The 43rd annual Community Carol Sing is set for Tuesday, December 3 in Rising Sun's Center Square in front of town hall. Read more…
by Lisa Tome
It's better to give than receive.
That's the lesson Chief Chip Peterson and the rest of Rising Sun's police officers hope to spread in time for Christmas. Read more…
by Lisa Tome
Around Thanksgiving at area elementary schools, young children are asked what they are grateful for during the holiday season.
Older students aren't given the same opportunity.
"What I'm grateful for? We used to do that in elementary school," said a student at Cecil County School of Technology last week.
Turns out, the older students are grateful and they don't have problems expressing it. Read more…
by Lisa Tome
Joe and Chris Altmann had a busy Thursday at Conowingo Elementary School.
The couple, who live in Bel Air, worked to make time to visit the classrooms of three of their grandchildren. In honor of American Education Week, area schools opened their doors to visitors
The Altmanns were impressed.
"We just love this school," said Joe Altmann. We've seen a lot of good interaction. They have good teachers here. It's impressive." Read more…
Todd Corron steps down
Each year, members of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society decide which dozen landmarks will be featured in the group's calendar.
This year, the 30th anniversary of the society's first calendar, members chose to revisit the scenes they portrayed in their 1984 edition.
Although the landmarks are the same, different artists drew the scenes, often from a different perspective. Read more…
"Children are tremendously important to this church and to every church," said the Rev. Dr. Garfield Greene, pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.
That's the main reason the congregation has spent just over a year and about $200,000 on an addition to the its white frame sanctuary at 310 Pilottown Rd., Peach Bottom. Read more…
Denise Williams likes to paint.
Sometimes it's landscapes or portraits. On other occasions, she paints houses. She works part time as a house painter and flooring installer, a craft she learned in the county's vo-tech program.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library have added a new item to their traditional holiday bake sale.
Joining the home-baked cookies, wrapped chocolate cookie mugs, and poinsettias will be the group's first calendar. Read more…
Fewer people paid their Solanco School District real estate taxes during the two-month discount period earlier this year.
But more people paid their bills in the following two months, bringing collection figures as of October 31 in line with those of previous years, said Dr. Timothy Shrom, the school district's business manager. Read more…
A request to allow a furniture shop in the 400 block of Liberty Ln., Colerain Township, has been withdrawn. Read more…
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. Read more…
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." Read more…
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. Read more…
Haines signs with Ohio State
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.
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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.
Janelle Garber is working on changing her wardrobe from blue and white to black and gold.
Garber, the new girls basketball coach at Solanco, played and coached at the Mules' Section Two rival Elizabethtown. She spent the past two season as the Bears' head coach while working at Gears Recreation in Elizabethtown. Read more…
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.” Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
"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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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.
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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.
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
Quarryville Borough is running out of room.
It does not have enough space in its maintenance garage to keep all of its equipment inside.
Solanco High School students are getting ready for their annual homecoming celebration.
Activities will begin Tuesday, October 15.
The homecoming queen will be crowned at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 18, before the start of the Solanco-Elizabethtown football game.
The king will be crowned at the homecoming dance on Saturday, October 19.
If it rains Friday night, the homecoming queen will also be crowned during the dance.
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