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Judy Beiler is getting ready for the first weekend food distribution for elementary and middle school students.
The food, enough for two dinners, two lunches, two breakfasts, and snacks, goes home with kids on Fridays. The free program is available to children who are in the free breakfast or lunch program at Solanco's four elementary schools, sixth grade in the district's two middle schools, and Martic Elementary in the neighboring Penn Manor School District.
It's not a decision she wanted to make, but her health no longer allows Erma Work to spend hours at the shop she's owned for decades. That's why she decided late last month to close Erma's Flowers and Antiques, a longtime store on Quarryville's E. State St.
"I had fallen in the beginning of May and had a concussion," Work said. "My doctor told me I couldn't work as much. … I knew that we couldn't go through the holidays with me not working full time and my daughter doing it all. So I had to make the call. My neurologist said I had to take care of myself and the only way I knew to do that was quitting."
Kathy Barnett, left, and her mother, Erma Work, have closed Erma’s Flowers in Quarryville. Work has been creating flower arrangements since 1974.
Edna Miller can't afford to get the flu.
That's why she's already signed up to get a preventative shot later this month.
"One year I didn't get it and I almost died from it," Miller said last week. "Now I get it every year. I think flu shots do help."
Ruth Sensenig agreed.
A 2011 Solanco graduate has returned to her alma mater to teach a subject she learned to love in high school.
Mallory Rutledge will be teaching Spanish this school year.
"Spanish challenges me," she said last week, "and I always enjoy that. It says a lot about the teachers here that they inspired me to go on with this language."
Four baking contests return to the Solanco Fair in 2018 – Apple Pie, Angel Food Cake, Chocolate Cake and the youth only Cookies, Brownies and Bars competition. All are open to any Pennsylvania resident.
The Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest requires at least 60 percent of the pie filling to be apples and it is sponsored by the PA State Association of County Fairs (PSACF).
Solanco will see far fewer kindergarten students this year, district officials said last week.
A typical kindergarten class ranges from 240 to 260 students. Unless more children show up in the next three weeks, this year's class will have 191 students.
The decline was not anticipated
"We’re not out there to make people mad. We're not out there to just order people around. We're not trying to disrupt people's lives for no reason."
That's how Quarryville Fire Police Officer Ronald Swayne describes his volunteer duties directing traffic around emergency scenes.
Elementary school art is more than finger painting and using white glue to assemble paper cutouts.
This past school year, it's gone high tech.
Carrie Woody's students at Quarryville and Providence elementary schools have been using a pair of iPads to help them incorporate technology in their art projects.
Firefighters and emergency medical personnel were called to a barn collapse in the 800 block of Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272), Providence Township, shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25.